Belote will soon be performing as Einstein in the musical drawn from his album of songs, "Portraits of Albert E.". He is a composer of songs, jazz piano, film and concert music, as well as cutting edge electronica.
If one were to choose a single person who advanced the evolution of the species, can you do much better than Albert Einstein? He was intellectually advanced, obviously, but he was also a political progressive with strong pacifist tendencies, and a deeply philosophical and spiritually practical man. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” In 1954, a year before his death, he spoke of wishing to “experience the universe as a single cosmic whole”. The work of physicist David Bohm and his followers has been to illuminate the science behind this beautiful thought which echos from ages past in the ancient texts of the sages.
What impresses me perhaps most of all is the creativity with which he pursued his scientific quest. His powers of visualization and intuition were the envy of any artist who ever lived. He said, Imagination is more important than knowledge, and Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere. He would see a new level of reality in the multi-dimensional space of his mind, and then work very hard to describe the new reality in the language of mathematics. Experimental proof would often take decades to manifest, but when it did, an unsurprised Einstein had already moved onto new challenges.
As revolutionary as his breakthroughs in science, his courageous humanitarian political stance points the way to a future without war, if we can only learn. He was strongly considered a leading candidate to be Israels first President, though it was probably a romantic notion on the part of Israels new leaders. It took the rise of Nazism to convince him that the world wasnt yet ready for the pure form of nonviolent philosophy he cherished.
This album represents years of work and I am proud to share it with everyone. It is my first vocal work and is filled with pianos, guitars, synthesizers, strings, and musical portraits of one of the most brilliant and influential figures in history.
Hebrew University in Israel, to whom the bequeath of the Estate of Albert Einstein has been made, has formally approved the release of “Portraits of Albert E.” by William Belote. The personality rights of a iconic figure like Einstein are not licensed without a thorough review of the product and creative force behind that product. It is an honor to receive their stamp of approval. Here is some of why I was inspired.
The new CD will be available for purchase in December! “Portraits of Albert E.” Excerpts are posted already and there will be podcast commentaries coming soon with all the inside info on the life of Albert Einstein that inspired the songs, as well as a peak behind the studio wall at the players and gear.