THE LABYRINTH

A labyrinth is a sacred space used for walking meditation. It's a single path from the outer edge to the center. Used throughout the world as a way to quiet the mind, calm anxieties, and recover balance in your life.

Under the title of The Labyrinth, the Bogota Project features original compositions by Arthur Barron and David Liebman, based on Barron’s experiences in Port Lligat, Spain and Villa De Leyva, Colombia.  Music notation engraving and Savia chord scales by Jake Mongin.

The Music can fall under the category of New Age, a term for a musical combination of jazz, folk, rock, ethnic, classical, and electronic music styles.  

“I  wrote all of the compositions on flute, and intentionally composed relatively simple melodies for this project.  David Liebman wrote the chordal structure to enhance the mood and improvisational aspect of the compositions.  The music is intended to evoke a sense of harmony, tranquility and spirituality. The melodies are the means to creating the improvisations.

The tempos are not of particular concern, for as David Liebman noted: ‘Looks like there are a lot of pedals—some changes but Dali probably would be the most harmony of all’ – there is no doubt that the music lends itself to vamps.

It is important to realize that although the compositions have a definite structure over which the melodies are played, the recording project is really centered on the concept of improvisation.  Soloists may elect to play on composition changes or improvise freely (over chord scales), as I plan to do on my flute solos.  Each composition should have an interlude section for soloing, where the rhythm section will be responsible for creating the vamps, pedals, etc. for the improvisation.”  Arthur Barron

Plans are underway to record and perform the project with a Chamber Orchestra comprised of flute, acoustic guitar, violons, violas, double basses and percussion.

ERROL’S POND

Errol was a beloved dog that lived in a villa in Villa De Leyva, Colombia, located in the Andean Mountain range three hours’ drive from the city of Bogota.

Errol was the alpha dog of a pack of dogs that lived on the villa property all of their lives, who were cared for by the caretaker of the villa. Life was relatively hard for Errol and the pack, although they were well cared for and well fed, their lives were spent outdoors subject to whatever weather elements in the mountains, intrusions by other animals and potential trespassers on the property. 

The English meaning of the name Errol is army commander, and this dog Errol lived up to the name, for as the alpha dog, he was leader of the pack, responsible for teaching the other dogs what or what not to do, how to identify danger and how to avoid danger, when and how to prowl, and most importantly how to protect the villa property, which is what the dogs were born and raised to do, and how they earned their keep.

At the age of thirteen, Errol became very ill, he was treated by the local veterinarian for a stomach disorder, but the treatment was unsuccessful. There is an inherent nature in which one knows that he or she is dying, and this was the situation with Errol. Although he tried to participate with the pack, he no longer had the energy to roam the property with the other dogs, so he started to isolate himself more and more.  Towards the end of Errol’s life, each day he would slowly, laboriously, walk around the perimeter of the villa property, which took much time and a great deal of physical effort, because the property was so large. Nevertheless, Errol walked the property.  And, it became obvious to people who observed Errol, that he was looking for a suitable place to die, just as Native Colombian Indians are known to do.

And, so it was that one day, the caretaker found Errol on the bottom landing of a beautiful pond on the property, which Errol found as a suitable place to rest in peace, knowing that he had led a good life in loving surroundings. Errol is deeply missed by those who loved him, but his memory lives on.

Written By Arthur Barron