India meets Africa in this 6/8 composition for percussion music. Tablas come from India and are a very sophisticated percussion instrument that takes decades to master. They are used here in an nontraditional way like African bells. together with the Didgeridoo it creates a wonderful rich sound with an almost hypnotic effect before we switch to Djembes, Bells and Dun Duns. Lot’s of fun to perform!
I finally got around to editing this video and I think it came out pretty good. There were a lot of people involved in making this happen and many of them are not professional musicians or even have full training… but as so often I really enjoy the rawness of a performance like this. This piece is inspired by one of my early drum teachers Andre Varkonyi, who later became a good friend and we played many years together in the group Angklung out of Vienna, Austria hence the title “May in Vienna”
Tabla and Bells: Ved and Saaketh Narayan Didgeridoo and Djembe: Dashmesh Khalsa Djembe and Shaker: Seti Gershberg, Valerie Handlers, Abhijit Banerjee Dun Dun and Bells: Carol Benwell Shekere: Lavinia Strubble Tabla and Djembe: Daniel Hirtz
Friends I am excited to announce that Pandit Abhijit Banerjee is coming back to the valley of the sun for an exciting tabla workshop.
I asked him to add a special section to the workshop that teaches how to accompany Kirtan, Bhajans and lighter music. Many of table students want to be able to play along when others are singing their songs, do a call-and-response Kirtan or simply be able to accompany with tabla when a friend plays harmonium, guitar or any other instrument. If you play tabla at all this workshop will give you a boost!
“Meeting of the Masters” – Annual Dhwani Academy Concert in Phoenix, AZ
Please join us for our annual Dhwani concert “Meeting of the Masters” Sunday, August 14th at the Burton Barr Central Library downtown Phoenix. This will be quite an experience with a mix of students and masters of Indian music as well as an performance from my African Drum Jam class! Hope to see you there!
Meeting of the Masters will be an afternoon of a variety of music inspired by the Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music its founder Pandit Abhijit Banerjee as well as Daniel Hirtz and the members of his West African Drum Jam Ensemble.
This yearly concert has gained lots of popularity because of the variety and quality of music people have experienced.
Not only do we regularly feature great masters of Indian music we also showcase our upcoming talent from the world of Indian Tabla – the ever more popular Indian percussion instrument. This year we also will include African percussion with Daniel Hirtz and a dedicated group of students. It has been the desire of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee to expand the Dhwani Academy beyond Indian parcussion and Tabla into new realms of international percussion. With Daniel Hirtz now being part of the Dhwani faculty that dream is slowly coming true. This year our focus will be on West-African drumming and we will perform music that bring both traditions together.
Featured Artist Joining us: Pandit Sandip Ghosh – Vocal Pandit Abhijit Banerjee – Tabla Seema Gulati – Sitar Jyotiprakas Mistri – Tabla
Students of Tabla Ensemble
African Drum Jam Ensemble: Daniel Hirtz – Tabla, Djembe, Percussion Ved Narayan – Tabla, Djembe, Percussion Saaketh Narayan – Tabla, Sangpan, Percussion Dashmesh Khalsa – Djembe, Didgeridoo Carol Benwell – Djembe, Dun Dun Valerie Handlers – Djembe, Percussion Seti Gershberg – Djembe, Percussion Lavinia Struble – Kinkeni, Percussion
Burton Barr Central Library – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – View Map
I have developed this over the last 30 years and put a lot of love, dedication and patience into it. The early versions came from a lot of trial and error work me teaching rhythm, bodywork and drumming at a very bold and innovative theater and acting training center in Vienna, Austria.
It is through that experimental work that I discovered the power of conscious breathing and began my life long journey into the depth of breath – it’s still going!
I have challenged myself over and over again to find something else that is equally effective at dissolving the tensions that keep us from feeling vibrant in our bodies, emotionally fluid and opening to the deeper realities of our lives. This work has come back to me again and again.
Holistic tuning is a form of active meditation that enables participants to dissolve and integrate short and long term tensions that keep them from perceiving the wholeness they are at the core of their being. Holistic tuning is a modern multi-dimensional practice that addresses the needs of people living in our fast-paced, stress filled world.
Holistic tuning is holistic by utilizing the synergistic effect of several modalities simultaneously:
Rhythmical movement – a form of basic dance
Visceral connection between participants through synced breath, movement and sound
The sound and vibration of our voices together – a rudimentary form of singing that has a proven deep effect on our self-awareness
Conscious connection – “the whole is more than the sum of its parts”.
Energy awareness – shared awareness of our individual and collective energy flow
Silence, stillness and meditation
In this introduction I will explore each of the above modalities in greater depth and share his experience with this work over the last 30+ years.
This is followed by a short holistic tuning session that will give participants a tangible experience of this work.
I am excited to share with you that I was on local TV here at ABC Channel 15!
During the interview Donne Ruko told me that the word “Mindfulness” recently dramatically rose in popularity and that she is particularly interested in mindful drumming. That helped me to better formulate what I do in my drum classes and events. It’s mindful drumming! I love it! Click on the image below to watch the clip:
If you want to experience what mindful drumming is like I host a mindful drum circle once a month on the third Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at A Mindful Life Center in Scottsdale. Scroll down on that page to find the event.
Please join me for a free concert next Sunday at the Ekta Mandir temple in Phoenix. This will be quite an experience with a mix of students and masters of Indian music. I will be performing a piece with combining didgeridoo and tabla. See you there!
I am not sure about how many people actually realize how much we depend on a free and open internet. It seems all our commons are under attack and I am for extending them rather than making them smaller. The internet is our modern noosphere and we have responded to the new threat of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his plan to kill Net Neutrality with lots of energy. Let’s keep going! And YES, signing an online petition makes a difference!
I only got a quick moment to post this. Richard Miller of Never Not Here just did an interview with me on his open mike project. I thought we had an amazing time together. You can find the video recording on his site. He called it: Daniel Hirtz is Electric.
I’m also embedding the video here but I highly encourage you to go to his website. There is so much there around non-dual awareness and non-dual action. Go check it out…
This is a longer conversation and we already agreed to do some follow up on this. To my good friends: would you please watch it and then let me know what came up for you? What’s really important to me these days is the connection between our spiritual awakening and they way we do business… 🙂 This video talks a bit about that…
It has been a while since I blogged last… sometimes I wonder why I have to pass some resistance every time I do it… Is it because I am concerned what you will think about me? Is it because I post controversial content? Is it because I do not want to make sure that you have a positive image of me and to make sure that I do not unintentionally close the door to the possibility that we might do business together?
I am just blown away how much all of us have bought into a world in which money finally is the one god we all believe in. It transcends religion, political systems, culture, environment and almost all aspects of our modern life. And yet the international monetary system is not designed for the many… it’s designed for the few. So how come that the many – who are actually the ones who are needed to keep it alive – have given and continue to give their power to the few?
It is time to wake up to the power of our relationships… to wake up to the power of our love for each other… to wake up to the unity of all life and the irresistible beauty of our existence. Are you ready to love out loud?
Here is a little clip I want to share with you:
Civil disobedience is certainly part of what I belive in and this movie is full of it… but there is more that I feel we have to do. It is to create a culture that actually lives the values that we charish… and lives them out loud!