We invite you to join us for a concert on October 19th at the beautiful American Irish Historical Society. Located on 5th Avenue at 80th street, the AIHS was founded in 1897 to inform the world of the achievements of the Irish in America. Dane is joined by the extraordinary pianist, Victor Stanislavsky in a program featuring works by Beethoven, Bloch, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin. For tickets and more information, visit the AIHS website.
After 40 days walking across Spain with my cello on my back, I arrived at the Cathedral de Santiago, a destination for pilgrims since the seventh century. I was almost at the end of my journey, one of profound personal and musical significance that had exceeded all of my expectations. Listening to the hushed tones of the pipe organ, I was finally able to reflect on the magic and wonder of my journey on the Camino de Santiago. My adventure began in 2008. Inspired by a friend’s experience on the Appalachian Trail, I began to imagine how I could combine my passion for music with my love for the outdoors and adventure. Searching for my own long journey, I found the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route across Spain. A Christian pilgrimage since the 6th and 7th centuries, many beautiful churches line the route which I imagined would be ideal s During my studies in the Artist Diploma Program at The Juilliard School, I was searching for a new way to approach recording the Six Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach; a rite of passage for all cellists. In my own life, I had been fascinated by Bach’s masterpieces for cello ever since I learned the Suite in G Major as a young boy. I realized that recording the Bach Suites in churches along the Camino de Santiago would be a perfect continuation of my lifelong musical pilgrimage with Bach. My plan developed to include the production of a documentary film about the Camino de Santiago, featuring the stories of many pilgrims, Bach’s Cello Suites, and my own musical journey. To continue reading click "Read More."
Marcha a Fisterra – Viaje de un cellista
Por Dane Johansen
Traducido al español por Carolina Landriscini
Llegué a la Catedral de Santiago, destino de peregrinos desde el siglo XVII, tras 40 días caminando a través de España con el cello a la espalda. Estaba casi al final de mi viaje, un trayecto lleno de significado personal y musical que había rebasado todas mis expectativas, y al escuchar el sonido quedo de un órgano, finalmente me sentía capaz de reflejar la magia y la maravilla de mi viaje por el Camino de Santiago. Mi aventura había comenzado en 2008, inspirándome en la experiencia de un amigo en el Sendero de los Montes Apalaches, empecé a preguntarme de qué manera podría combinar mi pasión por la música con mi amor por la naturaleza y la aventura. A la búsqueda de mi propio camino encontré el Camino de Santiago, una antigua ruta de peregrinaje que cruza España. Un peregrinaje católico que existe desde los siglos VI-VII, y cuyo trayecto está salpicado de hermosas iglesias que yo imaginaba como espacios ideales para llenar de música... Para continuar leyendo haga clic en "Read More."
Thank you for taking the time to check out this months issue of the Juilliard Journal for an article about Dane's journey across Spain, The Walk to Fisterra. Copies of the Journal are available free of charge at the Juilliard School and by mail. You can also read the article online HERE.
The Camino de Santiago has been a rite of passage and a spiritual quest for more than 1,000 years. Three hundred years since their creation, Bach’s Cello Suites offer modern listeners a musical journey and an endless source of intrigue and inspiration. The Camino de Santiago and Bach’s Suites are both journeys, timeless in their appeal and relevance and available to all people, regardless of background, age or language. —Dane Johansen (M.M. ’08, Artist Diploma ’10, cello; Pre-College faculty)