Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dang-Thao Nguyen, Kadri and I

Dang-Thao Nguyen, Kadri and I

Dang-Thao Nguyen or 'Thao' and I have known each other for over 20 years and sometimes you strike a chord with a fellow musician where they are like brothers in arms.

Thao came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam after the war. He was in the Air Force there and a famous musician. 

He was one of the most popular folk and pop musicians of his time there. He studied music in Vietnam and later at Adelaide university completed a Phd in musicolgy.

We formed a band in the 1990s called Bamboo Ochre which I have referred to in this blog before. We were quite successful and toured interstate and did local folk music ethnic music concerts.  It was in an era when world music was coming into vogue.

Thao is an extraordinary guy with a huge capacity for empathy and communicating with his music the feelings of freedom, love, joy.  

Kadri came to Australia from the Soviet Republics after the breakdown of the Union.  

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Jack Norton Gerard Menzel (oud & Tabla)

Jack Norton  (oud) Gerard Menzel (tabla)
 6.10.18 Oud and Tabla Welsley Hill, Hall
 Chewton Victoria Australai

A Bee Pollen Production 

Thanks to 
Wesley Hill Market 

Contact Mob 61 407734479 Gerard Menzel

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Ottoman music; Oud and dharrabacca

Performance. 1200 -13.00
October 13/20/27 Wesley Hill Market
Entry Donation

Jack Norton, a fellow musician from Castlemaine area plays the oud, bouzouki and guitar very well and they naturally go well with the dharrabacca.

I got my dharrabacca drum many years ago from a maker in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

The Indian and Persian tradiditions share many similarities because the North indian music system was heavily influenced by the Muslim invasions from the west Beginning with Babur in the 13th century. Many of the great musicians in India were Muslim because they were supported by the ruling Emperors and Rajas in their court music.

Here you can see basic 7. 9 and 10 beat cycles

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Ma The Mother; Anandamayama

Ma - Mother

Anand - Bliss
Maya - illusion 
Ma - Mother 

Listen to her voice recite prayer.

The Mothers heart


Further study

Anandamaya Ma Devotees web
Here you can find audio , videos and prayers

Background to her life

Thursday, 13 September 2018



Here are the teachings of Baba Virsah Singh who housed sheltered and loved me thru and thru from 1991 til his mahasamadhi / final passing in 2007.

If you wish to meditate read and follow his teachings. They were always clear, simple yet erudite and full of wisdom.