Monthly Archives: January 2016

january 25

Several new instruments made their debut at last night’s gathering: two Tibetan singing bowls and two Peruvian pan flutes (zampoñas). Both sets of instruments allowed us to push into hitherto unexplored sonic arenas. After some silent breathing and rhythmic concentration … Continue reading

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january 18

Today’s winter weather was downright Canadian, but we were still able to meet in spite of such inhospitable conditions. I think the weather managed to impart some extra energy to our group: the music blossomed both rhythmically and harmonically. In fact the … Continue reading

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january 11

The meeting this evening took place even though Mother Nature hurled some Arctic conditions at us. After some centering exercises (breathing, rhythmic and walking/chanting) we settled into music whose initial harmonic material was drawn from David Bowie’s Space Oddity in order to pay … Continue reading

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why meditate

Meditation is an activity which is often thought of in conjunction with Eastern religions. One problem with this is that there are people who are put off by association with any religion, East or West. Whether or not you are … Continue reading

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january 4

We kicked off the new year by instituting a walking and chanting meditation, filling the room with wondrous, palpable sound (perfect 5ths abounded). A ukulele made an appearance, which is not only a first for 2016 but a first ever … Continue reading

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minimalist meditation

“Minimalist” here refers to the style of music pioneered by the likes of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, inter alios. The idea here in our context is to make use of very simple, repetitive patterns which help to focus and … Continue reading

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