Zen Garden

Zen Garden

 Athens, Attica, GRC
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Zen Garden introduces a multi-layered art experience by combining Electronic soundscapes and natural musical instruments together with physical theatre, aerial acrobatics -stilts surrounded by live visual art, into a dance theatre like performance, dressed as a music concert.

Biography

Zen Garden were born in 2007 and incorporates a circle of people in an interactive creation.

In 2008, they created the ‘Feeling in Process’ project with which they were the opening act in Juno Reactor Live in Athens, and the opening act of international Aurora Festival.
With their project ‘Semantic’ they opened the Future Sound of London in Athens at Olympic Softball stadium- Elliniko
They have also participated in various festivals (Eco Festival, Electro Free festival, Indie Free festival, Void Network’s Space Technologies, University of Ioanina Festival)
as well as in live acts around Greece (Ghost House ,Club Mansion, Soul Club, Void dance bar, Olympia Mall)
Their music has dressed the "Deva" theater production, the Dance-Theater production "Facts and Faculties" and the art documentary Chania/Eco.

Lyrics

I & Q

Written By: Roxani- Eleni Garefalaki

We bought an image and kept it for granted
But that image couldn’t carry our true selves
What we didn’t know we are
Something wondrous, unknown and vast

Wake each other up in a gentle way
So as not to loose our dreams during the day

If we could at least react with love
Do less than the extreme
Our connections would appear
All of our thoughts are dancing clouds
They fill the space between us
Fill the space between us

We lost our language long ago
Forgot how to be to behave
And we denied the life we feel
The ways to relate
That our reactions shape the game
The ways to create
Ways to relate

All we do is running around
Trying to find a way to fulfill our grace
And our potential for space
Why do we let it be forgiven?
We do everything we can
In order to avoid to look at emptiness
And in every step we make
The void is there, just behind the corner.

Wake up, wake up
Wake each other up in a gentle way
So as not to loose our dreams during the day

We lost our language long ago
Forgot how to be to behave
And we denied the life we feel
The ways to relate
That our reactions shape the game
The ways to create

Ways to relate
What we’ve lost, what we’ve gained

Towers

Written By: Roxani Eleni Garefalaki

It’s in us, we built the towers of our passion
We come to reach the end, Destruction
And yet begin again construction
Why do these towers really have to be?

It’s in us, we crash and die and sense corruption
But in the end we rise from ashes
In fragments, it comes the thought we are all
But we’re just fractures
And if we see the game it crashes
Why do these towers really have to be?

Please, make me remember
That we’re already who we’re waiting for

It’s in us, and if we see the game it crashes
And if we smile our fates we master

It’s all a well, and we have fallen in

We are not weak but the power is not ours

Please, make me remember
That we’re already who we’re waiting for

It’s all a well, and we have fallen in

Salmon

Written By: Roxani- Eleni Garefalaki

And it’s inside our days the reason to revolt
And our potential lies to gather and reform
Forever live the spell our life’s own paradox

But the return at home, the song we sang along
Cause there are dreams to come, the wave now still flows on
And everyone we’ve loved remains inside us warm

All we love recall in the middle of the storm
All we trust believe floating again upstream

And it’s inside our ways love onto which we hold
Live and keep on the quest no matter what comes on
Forever give away ourselves to paradox

But the return at home, the song we sang along
Cause there are dreams to come, the wave now still flows on
And everyone we’ve loved remains inside us warm

All we love recall in the middle of the storm
All we trust believe floating again upstream

Cause the way that we see is what changes the world
And the way that we sense is what only makes sense
And the way that we feel is what colors the words
And the way we believe is what lets new life in

All we love recall in the middle of the storm
All we trust believe floating again upstream
All we love...All we love_

Some People

Written By: Roxani Eleni Garefalaki

Some people think, and some people think they know something but
The truth is here, the truth lies here behind our closed eyes
There’s a known but dark old road,
There’s a whole unspoken world,
There’s a land we still can share

And when you reach for me, I’ll be inside you
And when you leave the fear the love comes right back at you

Let it flow, we are already whole, just born

Some people dare, but some others never seem to care
That the truth is here, it’s even here behind our closed eyes
There’s a mirror quite bizarre that we need to face and laugh
That we need to face and laugh at

And when we loose ourselves we still find something
By making depth a friend we find the courage to love and know

We are already whole, just born…
We are already whole, just born…

Last Prayer

Written By: Roxani Eleni Garefalaki

So we’re coming close
Searching what we’ve lost,
Searching what to do with time, praise what life could be
And so we meet, we come together
And so we meet to say one last prayer

So, we say a last prayer,
one last prayer for the Earth
We say a last prayer, a last prayer for man
We say a last prayer, one last prayer for us

Each again alone, in some time and space
But the hope is not lost, we can recall again
Oh what old wounds reveal can be loved by sight
We have the power to heal and we can still shine bright
As we meet and as we come together
And so we meet to say one last prayer

So, we say a last prayer,
one last prayer for the Earth
We say a last prayer, a last prayer for man
We say a last prayer, one last prayer for us

Earth is calling; Earth is beating in our hearts…

Discography

The album 'Simple Thought' was released by Cosmic Leaf Records (10.3.2010). Their EP 'Discover' was released also by CosmicLeaf Records (13.12.2010)
Participated in Maha Maya cd compilation in 2009, and the 'Chill Spectrum' compilation by Uxmal records.
Zen Garden's music can be enjoyed at the following MySpace profiles:

Set List

Zen Garden's set is a multi- layered performance of approximately 75' min. including 10 songs and intro, following one another in a continuous narrative.

There are 4 different sets:
- The 'Feeling in Process' project (the complete performance with 10 participants),
- The 'Semantic' project (6 participants),
- The electro-acoustic set (5 participants) and
- The AudioVisual set (4 participants).

As an example 'Feeling in Process' musical script follows:
The set begins with ambient-dub ('Under Smooth'), moves through a ballad ('Salmon') and then a dance song ('Laugh Just'), to the tribal beats of 3 more songs ('Nova', 'Up till the Clouds' and 'Dream made teller') and the space atmospheres of 'Surfer'- an aerial trio performance, to come to a peak with the powerful orchestration and lyrics of 'Monster System' and conclude with 'Towers' (an innovating mix of rock and melodic trance) and a spectacular performing ensemble.