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In short, wabi sabi is the Japanese art of impermanence. It is a recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the beauty of imperfection and transience of existence. Objects, man-made or natural, become more beautiful and meaningful with the inevitable wear and tear that happens over time. By simply existing, their individual character becomes stronger and more unique. For many years I have been photographing cracks, stains, mold, rust, splatters, and discoloration on man-made objects such as sidewalks, streets, walls, doors, fences, polls, posts, etc. I continue to be enthralled, humbled, and deeply inspired by the unique and imperfect beauty around us and under our feet that is often ignored, overlooked, or superficially thought of as damaged. To put it simply, photographing such things is my attempt to isolate, encapsulate, and magnify the inspiring and beautiful results of unbiased natural occurrences. Whether I am taking photographs, cooking, composing, or just walking down the street; Zen and Taoist philosophical and artistic sensibilities substantially align with my own and continue to be an important part of my life. I had these philosophical ideas and my photographs in mind while composing Wabi Sabi. Written for Chamber Cartel.


from .​.​.​But I'm Doing It Anyway, released December 20, 2018
Alan Theisen - alto saxophone
Brandyn Taylor - tenor saxophone
Shawna Pennock - baritone saxophone
Paul Stevens - percussion
Caleb Herron - percussion
Keller Steinson - percussion
Paul Scanling - conductor


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Aaron Jay Myers Boston, Massachusetts

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Aaron Jay Myers is a Boston based composer, guitarist, and teacher. Audio, video, scores, and more info at
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