Architects of a New Dawn

We’d like to show the side of the world you don’t normally see on television.

Christopher Stewart
  • Male
  • Québec, Qc
  • Canada
Share on Facebook Share

Christopher Stewart's Friends

  • Rupert Guenther
  • IamAnotherYou
  • Theo Simpson
  • dearangeline
  • Connie Ruth Wilson
  • Geevani Singh
  • Soma Khare
  • Maya Zuckerman
  • oneat1
  • Cierra
  • Mari
  • Edel O'Mahony
  • Steve Chandler
  • Brajanne Jacobs
  • EYEZON

Poligrafic Blogs

Loading… Loading feed

Christopher Stewart's Groups

Latest Activity

Christopher Stewart posted videos
yesterday
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Preview : Written In The Stars [Upcoming Releases]

Upcoming Releases #001 : Written In The Stars « Written In The Stars » is a series of compositions that loosely tell the story of a person grieving after the unexpected and untimely ending of an undertaking that was very dear to them. for all the…
Mar 21
Christopher Stewart posted a blog post

Land's End

God, suspended in the clouds, creates light. » by Thomas de Leu) what was there left to do standing at the summit but to reach for the sky up above infinitewhat was there left to do at the edge of the land but to keep on going and defy gravitywhat was there left to do at the end of the road but to invent a bridge onto a higher worldwhat was…See More
Mar 20
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Escapades

a sweet and whimsical composition, one of the first pieces i wrote for solo acoustic guitar, more than two decades ago. though a few passages have been upgra...
Mar 18
Christopher Stewart posted a video

Rising From The Ashes

a restless instrumental that evolved from an unusual chord progression i stumbled upon while noodling on the nylon guitar. it evokes the indomitable loving energy that animates all that is alive, and which seemingly never stops surging and thriving…
Jan 30
 

Poligraf

Music and Spiritual Practice - An Overview of Poligraf

Music has been an essential part of my life since the end of the 80s.

The adventure began during the second of my four years of studying electrical engineering at Université Laval in Québec City. Through various friends and contacts I reconnected with progressive rock, a form of music to which I had already been exposed to in my youth thanks to my older brothers and sisters. Hearing the music of bands such as Yes, Rush, Genesis, and King Crimson felt like meeting old friends, and quickly I knew I just had to do as those musicians did, although my prior experience with music had been minimal at that time.

The feeling was so strong that not only did it led me to buy various instruments so I could learn how to play, but it was also the main force that made me decide to change direction after my first semester as a graduate student in computer vision and systems so I could build my life around music. And perhaps more importantly, when it became clear that I would compose music of my own, it spawned the question « what should the songs be about ? » which powered me into many years of exploring a multitude of domains of knowledge including science, philosophy, psychology, art, mysticism, and the occult.

Music for me is also spiritual practice. The inspiration and elevation it provides is undeniable, and the many insights I have had while practicing an instrument or rehearsing a part are too numerous to recount. Music picks me up when I let reason bring me down, restores my energy levels when I feel tired, sustains me through lengthy work sessions, and generally brings me to a state of inner peace and deep joy.

My objective as a musician is to communicate that energy in the hopes that listeners will experience that very same elevation and inspiration. It is also my intention to share my experiences and discoveries and thus hopefully help others reach understandings that can they can use on their own journey.

Buddhism has been an essential part of my life since the mid-90s.

The adventure began when I stumbled upon a feature in an encyclopedic dictionary that highlighted the Four Noble Truths. That finding immediately sparked my curiosity and a few days later I was buying a copy of The Dhammapada at a local bookstore. While slowly digesting the aphorisms in the weeks that followed, I found that its teachings were in continuity with a process of introspection that had begun during an introductory course on neural networks (i.e. systems designed to emulate some of the capabilities of the human brain, such as pattern recognition and associative memory), the study of which had triggered the question « what does this tell me about my own inner workings ? »

From then on I pursued my explorations and plunged into the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, which was quickly followed by various Mahayana sutras. I also bought a guide to learn how to meditate and started experimenting with the practice.

During the years that followed, I plowed through most of the major Mahayana sutras, progressively adjusted my lifestyle and behaviour to accord with the precepts, refined my meditation practice, memorized mantras, and became a vegetarian.

Poligraf has been an essential part of my life since its inception at the beginning of February 1998.

The adventure began after the collapse of a band that arguably never really existed as it only had a handful of rehearsals, but for which I had already written a lot of material. Left alone at the helm, I connected with a group of experienced musicians via a co-worker friend and after agreeing on a general aim and formula, we raised sail and headed to the terra incognita of progressive rock.

Over its eleven years of activity in various incarnations, Poligraf has yielded enough music for over five full-length albums, but never really had a chance to officially record any of them, although some of the material has been demoed and performed on stage on various occasions.

Most of the music documents my own spiritual path and presents some of the lessons that life has taught me on the way. Some pieces are directly inspired by Buddhist texts or teachings. For instance, « Between Worlds » is directly inspired by the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, and « The Idler » and « Creeper » have been inspired by aphorisms of The Dhammapada. « Void » illustrates the Buddhist concept of emptiness, and « SubjeKctiv » serves as a reminder of the subjectivity of experience and the coextensivity of worlds. « Entering the Stream » is a trilogy, counting a total of nine chapters, that depicts the trajectory of an individual fed up with the mundane who decides to retreat into an ashram for some heavy introspection before returning to the ordinary with a renewed perspective on life.

Throughout all these years, if the Mahayana has provided the vehicle, then Poligraf has certainly provided landscapes, path, and drive, while the buddhas have completed the picture with their timely, serendipitous, and often magical interventions.

I don't know why I feel so strongly about music, progressive rock, and Poligraf in particular, but I just know I do and I trust that feeling to the best of my ability. My connection to Poligraf runs so deep that whenever I let hardships or circumstances turn into reasons to believe that there's no viable future for the band, then I retreat into apathy. That is, until that unmistakable feeling breaks through the veil of confusion to drive me again. To the best of my present understanding, my own self-realization seems to be linked to that of the band, if not as the culmination of my spiritual practice, then at least as an essential stepping stone towards it.

March 2020 Update: Poligraf is currently hibernating, and probably not coming back to life, at least for the foreseeable future. Still, I have been writing new music steadily since the band was last active, a mix of songs and instrumentals influenced from progressive rock and which have been written for Poligraf, and also singer-songwriter tunes that are closer in their essence to folk-rock or even pop, pieces for solo classical guitar, and occasional electroid experimentations.

If you'd like to know more about my musical activities and support me in my efforts to bring more artistic beauty into the world, please visit my website (see the first icon below) where you can learn more about my various projects.

For me, your support represents an opportunity to go to the next level, reach a wider audience, and ultimately become a self-sustaining music producing unit that can function independently of a record label.

Thank you for reading thus far, and best wishes to you on your journey.

        

Christopher Stewart's Blog

Land's End

God, suspended in the clouds, creates light. Line engraving Wellcome V0034177

God, suspended in the clouds, creates light. » by Thomas de Leu)





what was there left to do

standing at the summit

but to reach for the sky

up above infinite



what was there left to do

at the edge…

Continue

Posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:54am

Zen and the Art of Mushroom Cultivation : An Inquiry into Morels

once, there was a guy named Gus. and although Gus was without a passion, Gus's head liked to think that Gus was a passionate guy. Gus's head also liked to think that it was bright. in fact, Gus's head just liked to…

Continue

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 1:35pm

The Miracle Is Worth The Wait



Yamagata University Craft-Pal 2006 » by simo100)

Continue

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 8:11am

Mother Of Pearl



Natural Abalone with conical pearl » by Worldexplorer82)



« Mother Of Pearl» was the last song written in the location where the music for the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP was composed. Yet, arguably, considering the clear stylistic and thematic distinctions…

Continue

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 5:54am

Christopher Stewart's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Comment Wall (13 comments)

You need to be a member of Architects of a New Dawn to add comments!

Join Architects of a New Dawn

At 6:53am on July 13, 2012, Rupert Guenther said…

Hey Christopher, Welcome!

Thanks for being in touch. I love your music, it reminds me of so much great instrumental I listened to in the 70's - Jean Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, not the same but in the stream nevertheless. Nice to meet other intentionally spiritual musicians here.

Love & best wishes,

Rupert

At 1:13pm on April 9, 2012, Colleen O'Rourke said…

Hi Christopher,

So wonderful to connect with you, beautiful soul. Have a wonderful week!

Love and joy, Colleen

 

 

At 7:46pm on April 6, 2012, Colleen O'Rourke said…

Hello Christopher,

My dear friend, IamAnotherYou, has told me that you have so kindly given him advice and support on his wonderful new books.  Any friend of his is a friend of mine, so I would like to thank you.  You have some interesting articless on your page...I will check them out.  Love and joy, Colleen

At 3:47pm on March 27, 2012, IamAnotherYou said…

...I AM SOOO GOING WITH YOU :)

...NOT ALONE :)

...NEVER HAVE BEEN, NEVER WILL BE :)

At 1:47pm on March 12, 2012, IamAnotherYou said…

...WE ARE THE BRANCHES OF THE TRUTH,

THE LIVING TREE... :)

...LEARNING TO DANCE,

LEARNING TO DANCE AGAIN... :)

...CHRIS - YOU ARE UNBELIEVABLY-BELIEVABLE !!! :) :) :)

ONWARD !!! :) :) :)

...JUST KEEP ON BEING :) :) :)

At 9:21am on March 1, 2012, IamAnotherYou said…

...WHEN I AM IN YOUR VORTEX...

At 12:34pm on February 28, 2012, IamAnotherYou said…

...BACK FOR MORE (DEMO)... :)

...ALBUM-LESS, EH ? ...

CHRIS...IT IS ENTIRELY BEYOND MY ABILITY TO COMPREHEND WHY I CAN NOT SHOVE YOUR CD IN MY PLAYER...I AM LOVING YOUR TUNES !!! :)

...SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT...AND IT WILL...

ALL THE ZEN-POWER TO YOU !!! :)

At 10:22am on February 24, 2012, IamAnotherYou said…

...WILL BE BACK FOR MORE (DEMO)... :)

...SOON...OH, SOON...

...THANK YOU FOR BEING :)

At 9:22am on November 21, 2011, Lorenzo Abbiati said…

Hi Christopher It's great to hear music from you every day!

why don't we began to work together with other architects to create a jam session.....i know you are far from my home but we should activate .......

why don't we travel to greece to meet A the xitar player and begin to make a scat session?

At 6:28pm on July 8, 2011, Lorenzo Abbiati said…
what a great idea is posting video of yours on youtube!
blessings brothers!
 
 
 

        

Featured Photos

Members

Groups

© 2020   Created by Richard Lukens.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service