Lucette Bourdin

Lucette Bourdin

Biography

An artist and composer, Lucette Bourdin has drawn her spiritual inspiration from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and was a close friend of the East-West Cultural Center (now – Sri Aurobindo Center) of Los Angeles.

 
 
 
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An artist and composer, Lucette Bourdin has drawn her spiritual inspiration from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and was a close friend of the East-West Cultural Center (now – Sri Aurobindo Center) of Los Angeles. As an artist, Lucette found landscapes as the most durable presentation for her combinations of reality and vision which verges on the mystical. To quote: “the major effect I wish to create in the viewer is the revelation of Light. Form, color, perspective are all bound to this movement of light as it reveals the inner luminosity of the subject. The outer light perceived by the eye is but the reflection of the light which animates and in some way creates the physical expression of the world in which we live.”

Connecting sound and music, artist wrote: “The closest analogy to how I experience both the act of painting and a finished work of art is music. While I am painting I feel like music is streaming through me on to the paper. It is difficult to say whether I am playing the music or the instrument being played. My experience is the reverse of music however, because the performance is done privately in my studio while the completed score in its entirety is what I show the public. There is another interesting distinction between the two mediums for me as well. Music is played in a line, it is linear, but it creates an atmosphere that continues after it has been played. A painting is a whole piece of music sounding all at once and which the viewer replays by looking at it. As the eye wanders around a painting the colors, forms, textures and their relationships are ‘sounding’ within the viewer creating an experience or mood or atmosphere.”

Lucette took up the making of ambient music as a result of her diagnosis with breast cancer. Her music was especially the product of her transformation through cancer. When diagnosed she said of her desire to create music, ‘if not now, when?’ Bourdin was incredibly prolific in the years before her death, with 23 albums produced in a short span of 5 years.”

If you make music like the next day could be your last, it’s amazing what you can achieve: work of such breathtaking immediacy and soul that it betters the lives of all willing to listen. This legacy she has left us is of such consistent beauty and quality that it’s mind-blowing how quickly she became a master of this most difficult musical form. That was Lucette Bourdin’s gift to us, and we are grateful that she left it behind as she departed on her journey to the places only hinted at in her music.

In her own words, “There is new Art and Music and as they are my words, I will let them speak for me. I hope the conversation will be rich and rewarding for you.”

(from lucettebourdin.com )

An artist, before anything else, is playing with the materials. Yes, it needs discipline and crafting; any art deserves to be taken seriously and created with sincerity. Elements of work are undeniably present. Still, at its root, I view creation as an act of play.

Lucette was clearly serious about her creations, but without taking herself too seriously. Playing, after all, is meant to be fun – and Lucette is playing music, not working it.
The seriousness (and, at times, the playfulness as well) is in the quest. And it was a quest – I’m convinced that with any truly committed artist, it’s never merely about self-expression. That’s not enough. If the titles alone don’t give it away, listening to one piece each from any three albums is more than enough to make it clear: Lucette was in search of the Transcendent. Nothing less. I take that to be the true end of artistic endeavor, and I believe Lucette was straight on course.”

“If you have not heard Lucette’s music, I hope that reading this moves you to discover it now. If even one person does so, my effort is rewarded. I can only say that the discovery has been a huge one for me.
The heart of any sincere artist is always manifest in their art – in Lucette’s case, radiantly so. She shared it all, without reservation, and the world is richer for it.
Merci, Lucette.”

Greg Moorcroft

(from lucettebourdin.com )

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Her music is lush and beautiful, incredibly soothing, and yet without the syrupy sweetness that sometimes accompanies light ambient music. 

Golden Sun is a two-disc cornucopia of some of the driftiest, loveliest, and most elegant ambient music we have ever heard. Everything there is to love about light ambient music can be heard in this jaw-dropping release, from sweet and subtle ambient washes to clever electronic pulsations, from mesmerizing shamanic sound sculptures to soaring melodic lines. An amazing breadth of music, performed beautifully, and captured in an immaculate recording.

“The soothing, endless cool drift of Above the Hills.”

Greg Moorcroft

(from lucettebourdin.com )

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Horse Heaven is ecstatic, transcendent deep drift, full of heavenly choir-like pads and organ-like sonorities. The opening piece, Inner Vastness, is a ten-minute heartsong, rising and falling like a hymn, not so much coming into being as coming into awareness that it was always present. In Torrent of Nectar, the artist stands in awe; beatific and still, only music can begin to describe her vision. How, then, can we reduce it to words?

Lucette taps the pulse of creation with the swelling, crystalline chords of The Luminous Ocean, radiating out to the dome of the universe, and the growling, powerful bass of Fearless Light. In Dweller in the Infinite, I hear reverence in the face of true majesty, ever-expanding, awe-inspiring and serene.

Horse Heaven is mystic, ineffable, introspective and god-seeking – exploring and celebrating both external and internal infinities, and a quest for their meeting place. Imagine church music for everyone, without any sectarian baggage, with no need for division or fear – just sharing the wonder of this life eternal. That’s how I would sum up this essential release, from an artist whose music should be heard by all.

The Unnumbered Stars features a classical chamber music feel, with a hybrid piano/cello sound.

Celestial Winds, the album’s most active and layered piece, sweeps us away at once into a vast spiral eye, with wonders swirling around us. We hear harp, sitar, harpsichord, birds and burbling water, as we pass by many worlds – reminded of home, and on our way to returning there.

The closer, Mystic Horse, is altogether unlike anything else on the album: percussive echoes in deep space; a slow, primitive, ritual drumbeat; bits of wooden flute, triangle, claves – all of this fades out to a rising and falling electric piano-like line, but the drumbeat has the last word. The ritual remains, taking us out but bringing us back into the body, leaving us so much richer for the journey.”

Greg Moorcroft

(from lucettebourdin.com )

 

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A Place of Rest

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A Place of Rest
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In Provence
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Part I

Red Mesa
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Part II

Sheltering Trees
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Part III

Sunset
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Part IV

Art

She is a native of France and grew up in the villages and towns near the Doubs river in the eastern part of the country. This encouraged her love of the countryside with its hills and forests and is one of the main reasons she has focused on landscapes in her painting career.  

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