Thursday, 7 February 2019

Spiritual songs under the oak tree Fryers Forest community 2.2.19

Sunday 2 Febuary the Fryerstown community had a spiritual music acapella meet under an oak tree by the dam.  Kavisha Mazzella, Nick  Lyon and I played to the sounds of the bush in the background. 

Sometimes little events just seem like well,  this is heaven,  here and now.  Thanks to Kavisha P Mazella and Nicholas Lyon.  

The local Fryerstown community were enthusiastic singers, some very new to this style but one would never have known by their passion. The energy was satvic in flavour, that is full of love and devotion. 
(in Sankhya and Vedantic philosophy) one of the three qualities of prakriti, or nature, which are 
passion (rajas) dullnessor inertia (tamas) and goodness or purity (sattva) .1


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