Peter Silberman, renowned for his work with The Antlers, has premiered a new song entitled “Ahimsa.”
The track is from Silberman’s forthcoming solo album Impermanence which arrives on February 24th via Anti-.
Acclaimed for his work with The Antlers, Impermanence is Silberman’s first solo outing, but it is an artistic continuation of the journey he began with his band on Hospice, Burst Apart, and Familiars. The album is a musical document of Silberman’s experience with a hearing impairment that led him to leave Brooklyn for a secluded setting in upstate New York. As the sensitivity and static began to subside, Silberman gradually re-introduced sounds into his world to create these beautifully sparse and minimal songs.
Silberman explains, "Ahimsa usually translates from Sanskrit as “non-harming”, which I take to mean practicing a non-violent attitude toward others and myself.
I wrote the song as a personal encouragement to cultivate that awareness whenever possible, to be less knee-jerk reactive, to snap to fewer judgments, and above all, to be patient. I need this reminder often.
“Ahimsa” is also my ridiculous wish: for a unanimous period of calm and safety, for one whole day of peace. I mostly think this is an impossible goal.
But I hold on to some small hope that it can be reached by an incredibly long road,walked with microscopic steps, by creating harmonious moments and stringing them together, one-by-one, over the course of many lifetimes."
Early acclaim for Impermanence:
“Gloriously spacious… Crafted from gently shimmering electric guitars and murmuring keyboards, Silberman’s soft, high voice, delivers a series of quietly emotive haikus… Nine-minute opener ‘Karuna’ sounds like Jeff Buckley singing Talk Talk, while ‘Gone Beyond’ locks into the subtlest of grooves, making explicit Silberman’s soulfulness”. Uncut – 8/10
“Impermanence resonates like a lullaby or a prayer – akin to Jeff Buckley’s hushed, hold arrangement for Hallelujah, pared back to the bone, infused with Talk Talk’s aching spaces.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
Listen to “Ahimsa” - https://open.spotify.com/album/5lsbldjIC9KZ2VH41Y5DRS
Time is all we have.
I hope I have enough,
enough to show you love
before my time is up.
Before you wake the dead,
take a pause,
instead of deafening nonsense,
No violence today…
Like driving with the window down,
all of this will disappear.
I only have you now, you only have me here.
And we can’t count on tomorrow night,
or wait for brighter light.
I can hear you thru my eyelids,
No violence today…
Peter Silberman will be playing a series of live dates, many of them performed in living rooms. No stage, tiny sound system, a highly intimate affair limited to 40-60 people. Peter will also perform in Brooklyn at The Park Church Co-Op and has just announced additional tour dates in Europe.
March 22 - Boston, MA - Living Room show
March 23 - North Adams, MA - Living Room show
March 25 - Toronto, ON - Living Room show
March 26 - Ann Arbor, MI - Living Room show
March 28 - Chicago, IL - Living Room show
March 29 - Madison, WI - Living Room show
April 1 - Skokie, IL - Living Room show
April 2 - Columbus, OH - Living Room show
April 3 - Cleveland, OH - Living Room show
April 4 - Pittsburgh, PA - Living Room show
April 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Living Room show
April 6 – Washington, DC – Living Room show
April 8 - Brooklyn, NY - The Park Church Co-Op
April 18 - London, UK - St. John's Church
April 19 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
April 20 - Glasgow, UK - The Glad Cafe
April 21 - Dublin, IE - Dublin Unitarian Church
April 23 - Brussels, BE - Rotonde Botanique
April 24 - Paris, FR - Le Pop Up du Label
April 25 - Amsterdam, NL - Het Zonnehuis