The Blind Astronomer

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Three improvisations using three native American flutes based on 'The Astronomer' by Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran, from his collection 'The Madman' published in 1918:

The Astronomer

In the shadow of the temple my friend and I saw a blind man sitting alone. And my friend said, "Behold the wisest man of our land".

Then I left my friend and approached the blind man and greeted him. And we conversed.

After a while I said, "Forgive my question; but since when hast thou been blind?"
"From my birth," he answered.
Said I, "and what path of wisdom followest thou?"
Said he, "I am an astronomer."

Then he placed his hand upon his breast saying, "I watch all these suns and moons and stars".

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released January 13, 2017

Native American flutes - Bird Radio (Mikey Kirkpatrick)
Recorded in London, December 2016.

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Bird Radio London, UK

Bird Radio is a singer, songwriter, flautist and performer. He has released multiple solo collaborative albums with musicians, poets and filmmakers, and toured internationally since 2010. His most recent album CROW is based on the book of poetry of the same title Ted Hughes, created in collaboration with sound artists pig7. He also broadcasts live improvisations via Wild Lakes Radio. ... more

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