Archive for May, 2010

You Tube video available

May 31, 2010

I keep meaning to post my second YouTube to this blog, so finally on a holiday weekend I get around to it. Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie61vaH52p8. This video shows more of the new way I’m playing, but since this was made, more bowls have been added to the ensemble and guidance for playing has emerged with unconstructed sequences. Since the Mitch Nur workshop I have been working more with the Himalayan bowls again too. The relationship between the gem crystal bowls and the metal bowls is very interesting. Often the Himalayan bowls come in with a beat to maintain. Yesterday, one of my senior metal bowls insisted on being part of a crystal bowl sequence. It was a bit tricky playing, given the reach required, but I loved how the Himalayan’s thrice struck  beat came in after three crystal bowls’ harmony. Also a woman was in the audience who told me how she’s always seen colors (much like I’ve heard sounds) and she was looking for music yesterday. She asked me to play two bowls I don’t “normally” play together — Sunstone “D” and Grandfather Smokey Quartz “C”. They must be in different octaves because they worked well together. This morning they led to a new sequence that has my attention. 

This week I get to play for a group of Indian women. I am going to be fed homemade Indian goodies! Yum! I am glad to live in the 21st century where I can sample delicious foods from around the world. Have I met a food I didn’t like? Tripe comes to mind, but it’s a cultural thing I think.

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Himalayan bowl workshop

May 28, 2010

Just back from a workshop with Mitch Nur http://sacredsound.org/. I’m in full agreement we need to call these Himalyan bowls, as they have been made from India, Bhutan, through the whole Himalayan area and west to Afghanistan. I always say this when I speak of them, and many are surprised at the geographical reach they have. But the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans also have bowls. Bowls, drums, flutes and such are wonderful ways to move into other states of consciousness to reach beyond daily experience of general reality. I have some new techniques and an even greater appreciation of how the metal bowls can create a measurable electro-magnetic field, mix that with their gorgeous harmonics and you have some magic.

Playing with sound here and in Ithaca

May 15, 2010

Days later from May 1 and the first anniversary of the bowls. The challenge is tell what is important in all that has occurred. On  May 1, I was graced with being part of Unity of Westlake’s Open House. The day was beautiful and the concert amazing even to me, who can’t always tell, because I am in another time and space with the bowls. Then May 4, the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State, a day I always remember for its proximity in my life, I was playing at Trinity Cathedral for the Labyrinth walk. For me it was an inspiring memorial service. For such times are for the living and where we will proceed as well as a tribute to those who have passed. The next day brought a visitor and soon we were off to a workshop with Deena Spear in Ithaca, NY. I suggest you look up her amazing work with sound and many other things on www.singingwoods.org . She has introduced me to the power of sound with Hebrew, and she encourages me to work with my bowls to find my own way as well. Wow. Then I play for a job search training program at another Unity Church. Amazing stuff happening right and left. And so it goes.

Perhaps what I should mention is the evolution of the sequences I’m playing now. Initially it was two or three bowls. Then, it was say five bowls in a certain order, sometimes with reversals to shift the sounds. Then it became six bowls in a specific order. Now I am playing six or seven bowls with no known order, only what’s guided. The arrangements shift constantly, so they are completely involved with the people and space I am playing with. Whereas, the whole concert was initially guided and I didn’t know how sequences or bowls might be played, now even the sequences are spontaneously evolving within themselves. This is truly amazing. What is also happening is that the Tibetans serve as “bridges” between the gem crystal bowls and then have their own sequences at times. The emergence and evolution that is occurring is awe-producing and inspiring. This is a gift, a grace.