Meet the Team
Founder of The Silent Note
Audio Engineer, Music and Sound Producer
Co-Founder of The Silent Note
Designer, Business Director and Management
Model, Editor and Public Relation Director
ROOTED IN CREATIVITY
Founder of The Silent Note
Audio Engineer, Music and Sound Producer
His last name Sokouty means "The Silent" in Farsi. His last name (Sokouty) is one of the most popular brands for Handmade Persian Sehtars. He was born and raised in a musician family. His uncle is a Music Major University faculty for more than 20 years. His father was a professional Sehtar player. Sound of Sehtar was his first and forever lullaby. He remembers most of his childhood traveling around Europe for his father's concert. Every sound check and stage set up for getting ready for the concert was his childhood playground. His father was part of a band. From a very young age, He learned about artist's frustrations, stresses, and hard work. He learned how getting more fame can change people or their behavior. He learned about people egos and how they can feed it or control it. He also learned different stage setups and variations. He has his keen ears for details from his life!
Co-Founder of The Silent Note
Designer, Business Director, and Management
Just like the meaning of her name (water lily) she can turn water to a beautiful piece of art. She's an award-winning architect in two consecutive years and she became a jury member the year after. She was also a faculty member of IAISUniversity for 6 semesters before moving to the United State. She was teaching Psychology in Architecture, Geometry, Learn and Expresses architecture, Architectural design 1, Architectural design 2 (each semester for different levels). Her mother is a dentist and her father is a veterinarian. As a result, she grows up with books. Among all the books in their family library, she always chooses psychology books. She was curious to study people. To learn about different characters and archetypes. Karl Jung was her first inspiration.
" Psychology teaches me how to put different things next to each other so everyone like it," she said after winning her first architecture award. Just like building elements she knows how to match artists and talents as a team to look good and shine together.
Model, Editor and Public Relation Director
Everyone knows her as the perfect mix of the high-class and down-to-earth lady, at the same time! She is our public relation and our editor. She was raised in Vancouver Canada and received her Bachelor at SFUniversity. Then, she moved to Boston where she received her DMD. in dentistry at Boston University. She is a celebrity dentist in Los Angels at this moment.
We are dedicated to providing a unique and outstanding sound design that covers the entire emotional spectrum, from dark and intense, to high energy, to intimate and heartfelt.
We are dedicated to providing a mastermind system for artists in order:
To identify, support, and collaborate with both emerging and established artists in every major medium by designing and implementing a comprehensive marketing strategy to create income-generating opportunities for the financial stability of "The Silent Note Artists" and to advocate for an expanded level of public support for developing the concept of unity through the arts.
To provide opportunities and locations for presenting the creative works of "The Silent Note Artists" to broaden their supportive audience and to help them develop economic support and recognition as artists.
To establish a network on an international scale between "The Silent Note Artists" and the public at large for developing expanded support for international cultural exchange. We believe by encouraging the open flow of creative expression and thought, we can affect how nations perceive one another.
To foster, encourage, and institute a working model of unity among artists that reach beyond the exchange of philosophical ideas, and to convey and promote unity in diversity through public forums.
Our clients come back to us again and again, not only for our superb music and sound design but also because we provide mentorship programs to enhance their talents and make their art remarkable enough to show to the world.
Silent can be regarded as the via negativa of music and has induced long-lasting fascination to music composers of all kinds. A composer deals with the absence of sound as much as they deal with sounds.
Power of Silence
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
Silence is the dwelling place of creation, thus creative process begins and ends in silence. It holds the mystery and surprise of all that is created. Every word evolves from silence, every sound proceeds from silence, and everything that is created has originated from silence. The essence of love and creativity exists in silence and not in the words that are derived from the rational mind.
Scripture tells us, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This is a powerful metaphor alluding to the great silence rather than spoken words. In the beginning, there was no one to speak. It was a process unfolding in silence or a divine decree that manifested in a creative result. This is an indication that the divine power, or the power of creativity, is a profound intention arising from silence.
The greatest of human creations have not evolved from the words expressed by a person manifesting greatness, but from the depth of the silence of pure intention. In fact, the infinite universe is expressed through Silence. God is the name given to the unlimited eternal energy that is always creating and that which is beyond boundaries, time, place, words, and beyond all comprehension. While God is not known through the mind, we discover a deep well and a fountain inside us through which God may be experienced in a divine touch igniting us with divine love.
Silence is the ultimate presence of the creative flow to all that exists, and all that has not yet appeared in existence. As living creatures, we keep a vigil of love in reverent silence in response to the overwhelming gift of love that has offered us life. Unable to hold it inside, we break out in praise and celebration of the beauty of that love. Words can sometimes dissipate power rather than strengthen it. In many cases, the loss of power is the result of talking about the intention before it has resulted in manifestation.
Silence is not merely the absence of sound. Silence can be a deafeningly loud call to create and achieve without the frantic hurry to get past one achievement to another. Silence can open a space to listen, to listen to the silence, to hear the gap in the void created by the lack of noise. Silence allows for communication not with others but with the self and all the ideas that grow out of discovering an authentic personality.
Life is illuminated when lips are closed and the heart speaks. Silence enhances power. It is the pride of the humble and the humility of the proud. It is the zenith of merit for the brave and the haven of security for the coward. Silence is the wisdom of fools and the discretion of the wise. It is the basis for the development of character. It is the mystery and the voice within the heart that leads to reverence, patience, self-control, endurance, and courage.
No one can create without silence and stillness, without the inner solitude that demands a deep and intentional listening to feelings. Among all the mystic poets, Rumi has given more focus and value to “silence” for those on the path of enlightenment than any other. Much of his poetry ends with the words, “Be silent” or some other descriptive phrase about being silent. His most mystical poems and those with deeper meanings often reflect the importance of silence. Perhaps some of the best advice in his poetry is when he tells himself to be silent as he feels the emergence of the rational mind interfering with his ecstatic state. He usually stops the poetry and goes into silence when that happens. He describes the condition as:
I am devoted to Love.
Speak to me of nothing but love.
Only talk of sweetness and light
or say nothing.
To Rumi, nothing is worth saying if what is said is not spoken out of love that flows freely through the heart to guide what is being said. In fact, poetry to him is conversation with love. It is in silence that love most easily finds the way to the heart. It is in silence that love is given the freest passage. The expression of the message then has the perfect clarity of truth. If we open our mouths to speak, and our words do not come from love, then we should say nothing.
Silence has many concealed advantages in the creative process. The simplest one is that it relieves apprehension and doubt and frees a person to embrace an inner peace that leads to creativity. Silence is pure essence, while talking is like a cover surrounding the essence. The deep ecstasy of the spiritual journey harbors the beauty that is hidden inside.
Every human being has the creative power to send out thoughts that inspire and heal and warm the heart. The sublime overtone that is heard in a concerto or images that are hidden in the brush-stroke of a painter are secret points of entry that lead to the light which is hidden within us and grows more luminous in the time of silence. Without the prelude of deep silence, there is hardly anything to say that matters.
Sometimes, creativity is not in a manifested expression, but a silence that can either break us down or become a relief to heal us. Eventually, the difference between suffering and healing is the difference between torturing ourselves for not being able to create and sitting still in an uncomfortable silence. So, what happens when we stop creating and become silent?
When I’m not creating, I feel that it is a period of non-doing that is happening in my life. As the days of not creating begin to increase, it becomes vital for me to listen intently to my muse and my heart and forget for a while all the logical excuses that rule my mind and provoke doubts about my creative abilities. As I let that happen, a transformation, usually a serious one, occurs in my life; a transformation that is always creative, whether I recognize it or not. Something creative happens, even when I don’t create, which is in the silence, for it feels the missing energy. What develops inside me is that the energy is seeking a path where it can thrive and begins to manifest an emerging form that is seeking expression. My task is to clear away the superfluous distractions, and let the energy pour forth like a river rushing through. Franz Kafka wrote, You do not need to do anything; you do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You do not even need to listen; just wait. You do not even need to wait; just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
When we are sitting in stillness and listening intently to the silence in our lives, stripped of ego, and befriending the muse, it doesn’t mean we have stopped creating. It simply means we are giving space to the creative power to emerge. It is like the hibernating instinct of animals. Creativity is an energy that does not diminish. We simply place a dam in front of its flow to store the energy for the future. The next thing to do is to redirect the creative flow and make a channel for guiding it to pour out and reveal itself in some unique way. The expression comes through when we invoke a faith, which invites the truth to reveal itself through silence and creative transformation.
The first thing and the most appropriate action is to completely stop thinking about how or when or where the desired result will manifest, and simply trust that the silent power of intention sets into motion the best possible process to achieve the desired result. At that point, one has to just let go, return to the silence of selflessness, and listen for guidance and surrender to what comes through. There is energy in silence that can make us think and feel, make us act, slow down the influence of the mind, and help us to surrender to the creative process.
As a creative person, I welcome silence or what the Italians call, dolce far niente, sweet doing nothing. It eliminates my distractions and compels me to be alone with myself. Silence has the gift of helping us discover the most profound and meaningful inner pleasures. When we bask in the joy of silence, we learn how to relish and value life by effectively incorporating solitude in it.
Usually, we become so accustomed to the noise and sounds around us that until our attention is drawn to the grace of silence, we are not aware of how noise has invaded our space. Aside from that, we become so used to the absence of silence, that many people feel uncomfortable when they have to face it. They think silence is a void and they have to fill it with chatter, with the sound of radio, television and music, or noise of some kind. Silence can make people feel uncomfortable and alone. My aunt has to have her television on, even though most of the time she does not watch it, especially when she is in a deep sleep. She feels secure when she has the background noise of television. For many people, it is a buffer against the chattering voice mulling over the concerns of the mind.
The pure pleasure of listening to the inner voice takes place during silent times. When we maintain silence for a day or a major part of the day, we experience the phenomenon of solitude. That is when we can truly appreciate the input we receive from our surroundings as we draw energy from being silent. Some of the best times to create are during those silent times.
My most creative time starts from 10 o’clock at night, when no one bothers me, even on the phone, until about two to three in the morning. Those times I immerse in my muse and I have little awareness of anything happening around me. I usually listen to music, sometimes the same melody repeats for hours without my noticing it. My silence could easily be interrupted if I listen to a song with words. I listen to instrumental music without words or, if there are lyrics, they are in languages that I am not able to understand or process with my mind. This is how I develop a tranquil environment where silence overpowers lots of busy and noisy information that I would otherwise carry in my mind.
Another way that silence helps to enhance creativity is how it allows us to observe details. When our mind is busy either talking or listening, we miss seeing much of what is around us. Perhaps that is one reason why many artists paint from Nature by going to it, or why the portrait artists remain silent while they are painting. When we are busy in a conversation, many fine details that are available for our eyes to see, are eliminated because the mind's capacity for attentiveness is not available to see them. Keeping the mind clear of clutter and giving it the silence and space to observe all there is to see is extremely vital to bring out all those crucial details.
Silence is the source that gives voice to our soul. When we are talking or preparing to talk, we can no longer hear the song within. A calmer mind is reflected during silence. Imagination flourishes as it provides a chance to grow from feelings within. Creativity of any sort, such as painting, poetry, music and science are homage we pay to silence.
Inspiration of any kind comes when there is peace of mind. Often times, people feel they need to search outside for inspiration, while in fact, it is right inside of them. All they need to do is to seek out a quiet place and listen until eventually they would be surprised by what they hear. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to science if the apple that hit Isaac Newton in the head had fallen from the rooftop of a house in a crowded city, rather than while he was sitting in a quiet place under a tree. He most likely would have tried to find who threw it, instead of reflecting on what made it fall.
Living in the midst of too much noise is bound to have some negative effect on creativity. Most noises that are heard in today's social environment are fundamentally disturbing. The sound of birds singing or of the wind rushing through the apple trees is pleasant, and it may have empowered Newton's muse to create, but mechanical noises are mostly disturbing. Those who live in a crowded environment and against a background of mechanical noise, usually develop a subliminal feeling of agitation inside them, which can become a source of so much anxiety! This is probably one of the reasons why modern music and art have lost the tranquility they used to offer in the past.
Today, our senses are filled with external stimuli. Our visions are crowded with constantly shifting scenes, and our ears are attacked by a variety of sounds, all of which have great impact on our mind, muse and heart. We become drained of energy and lose the tranquility that is needed for us to create. We need to give more time to relaxing and letting our energy become renewed through natural means.
The same way that the natural calmness and tranquility of the outside world has been covered over by mechanical noise, sometimes the peace of mind becomes disturbed by the chattering of negative ego. This chattering includes an endless flow of worries, fears, doubtful thoughts, negative dreams, memories, inner debate and all that occupies the mind from morning to evening. This noise from within is what gets people into trouble when they give too much attention to small inconveniences or uncertainties and make them important factors in their life. This constant inner chattering prevents them from living in the moment and giving their full attention to their surroundings and to the activities of their lives. When negatives that block relatedness are eliminated, deeper connections in the positive ways take place.
Silencing the Muse
Everyone is endowed with creative ability that can be exercised in either the physical realm or in the spiritual realm. The manifestation of it requires solid intention, appropriate action and the capability to implement it. The way to prevent having clutter in the mind is to make sure all of these three abilities are utilized.
There are times when these three activities are not all in full operation. Sometimes we are lacking the ability to be able to complete our creation, other times the person is too weary to continue, and further action is needed to finish it. If any of these happen, the muse becomes exhausted by trying to do something. The emotions of the individual move them toward inactivity, toward being passive and unresponsive. The person become lazy and does not do anything except to become a consumer.
Under these circumstances, not doing something can be more productive than to keep on trying when nothing is happening. There are times that I keep on repeating painting something and wash it off when it isn’t working. If I am not satisfied, I keep doing that until I lose my energy. When I face this reality, my movement becomes limited and I begin to regress and interrupt the flow of what was happening. I become filled with regret, exhausted and I finally give up. I let go of the painting and leave my studio to do something else to let my mind shift away from what I was doing. Scientists call this entropy; life collapsing in on itself.
If I quit trying, just relaxing and don't search for a solution before it happens, I can rest my case. When I rest, I am able to allow my energy to renew itself. I build toward the challenge to take a new leap, to be free enough to try something new. Ansel Adams said, When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
In most cases, being away from what we were creating becomes more productive than experimenting and trying to do something when we are not quite ready to express it. While we are resting, we may think it is wasting time, but all the while, it is giving us a chance to see in a new way what we couldn’t see before. Breaking away from what we have been unsuccessfully trying to do, and coming back to it at some later time allows us to take a new look and see things differently. It is a little like going to a new depth, a place of no return, because it changes us. We are done with “outright” and we begin “insight,” which is looking within to begin a new journey that could lead us toward recovery.
When a new insight is developed, the creative movement begins to accelerate and suddenly a new choice is born. As soon as I experience that, I go back to my studio and I notice what I was trying to achieve in my painting takes on a whole new look. One brushstroke on the canvas completes the painting and develops the image. All that time that I was frustrated, repeatedly trying something and washing it off, I was waiting for that one stroke. The painting wasn’t finished, because I had worn myself out, looking for a solution that needed more energy than I had to bring to it. I needed more creative power to see the wholeness of the image.
When I return to what I was painting, I am filled with new insight. I am relaxed, and my subconscious takes over. My inner reality sees it differently, and I can get my outer reality, my outer perspective of the experience out of the way. The painting has not changed; I have changed after I have relaxed and allowed the insight to come through. A period away from something is rarely wasted. It is absolutely necessary because it offers a new energy that revitalizes and connects us to the creative flow.
The most creative moments of life come when there is a new vision, a startling new perception, and an awakening surprise, which evolve after moving away from pressure. It is the best possible time to allow something new to be born. It is the best time to make babies, the best time to cook something new, the best time to paint or write or make music. We learn to recognize the moment, and we make the jump. We break the rules, and we pave the way for something new and exciting to happen. If we don’t move forward to meet it, we live with regret.
In a game of basketball, when the players are all running toward the basket, there is an intense push toward the basket, and suddenly one player leaps in the air turn and reaches the goal in a movement of grace. He causes a shift in the action, relieves the pressure he is feeling by finding new freedom, and he does it through a sudden leap into the air, and at that moment, he has a clear vision of the basket. The player has had no time to plan that, it is an instinctive response. He takes a risk. He leaps free of the push of the crowd running at full speed in the competition to be there first, and he jumps, stands alone above the rest, and in an arc of freedom, he takes on a new action.
Most creative people, discoverers, and inventors tell us how something new came to them after they were at the end of their rope, trying over and over to solve something in conventional ways. They took a valuable leap, after they moved away and relaxed into the new vision or the new invention.
Relaxing is different from being lazy. Just lazing around can be completely unproductive. The more time a person spends thinking about the problem, the bigger the problem becomes. In many of the countries across the globe, businesses usually take a siesta to have a period of relaxation after lunch to break away from what they were doing. After they return from the siesta, they usually shift their program into something new.
During the siesta for the Sufi, reflection becomes a spiritual development. If an apprentice is working with a master or a mentor, it is absolutely necessary to have some time away to come back and receive the final lesson. This is often the guidance that allows the apprentice to visualize the highest perspective, to experience the wholeness. After he comes into the fullness of his own truth, he leaves the master to integrate the truth he has learned into his own life.
There are special holidays, feasts, and holy days in most religions. The majority of people think those days are for remembrance. The holiday is less about remembering than about taking a break away from the repetition. We relax, watch the sunrise, and we allow the time to relax. It prepares us to make a shift and to build up the energy needed to do it. When we are relaxed, we are not resisting. We are not fighting against what needs to happen. That is when creativity is possible.
Some people paint to relax before creating music. Some play music to relax before painting. We each need to find what helps to relax us, to relieve the tensions we build up. Surrendering is to move into that warmer place where it is possible to relax, and the ultimate place of surrender is in the arms of love. There is a sacred silence in the soul, which in its ultimate freedom is beloved. Love introduces us to the beloved within us, and we are home! Whatever we call it, it is being at home in the soul. It is there we can truly develop our creative power!