If you missed it in person on June 10, here it is – complete!
Almost time for my “Piano Kirtan,” an out-of-the-box experience with all new tunes, piano improvisations, audience singalongs and improvisations and rounds . . . We’ll be exploring some very simple, powerful mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. . .
and it will be LIVESTREAMED !
so you can click on the link to participate from wherever you are . . . and if 5PM EDT is 3AM for you, the event will be viewable for 30 days afterwards.
I love to think of all of you out beyond the back row . . .
PS If you’d like to come in person, the info is just below, on the earlier post.
I’m doing something different.
You don’t always know when you are in a box. You can easily pretend that the corrugated cardboard overhead is just another cloudy day. And that you don’t really want to stretch your arms out wide enough to hit the sides.
Sometimes, you know you’re in a box. But what you don’t realize is that the box is nested inside another. So when you congratulate yourself on breaking out, you’re really just in a bigger box.
I want to get of the box. Every box. I want to fly.
So I’m doing something different. I’m doing two things I love that I’ve never mixed together in public before. I’m improvising on piano. And singing mantras. With you.
So if you’re in the region . . . come to my coming-out-as-a-kirtan-artist! Sunday June 10 at 5PM at the Milford NH UU Church. And if you can’t be there, stay tuned – you’ll be able to listen to the music here. Videos coming as well.
It’s been a long time coming out of the box . . .
One October morning a couple of years ago, my neighbor Vince came over from is farm with a bag of garlic, and he happened to mention that there were classes in at a nearby yoga studio. So I went. There was live music. We were doing yoga and chanting. I left happier than I’d been in a long time. So I kept going to classes. And eventually became a teacher. And played and sang mantras with my piano at home. So no one ever heard them.
There are no pianos in yoga studios.
But on Sunday, June 10 there will be . My dear friend Siri Bani Kaur will teach a yoga class in the Emerson Room in back of the sanctuary, and we will throw open the doors to where a Steinway is waiting, ready to transform into a kirtan instrument. Or maybe the instrument of kirtan is will fly on the naad – the celestial sound current that creates all being (see why I got into Kundalini yoga?) – into eighty-eight keys and a couple hundred strings and an iron harp.
And me. And you.
And afterwards, there will be stone soup supper – dahl and yogi tea and whatever you bring. And if you can’t make it in person, you’ll be able to listen to it here. And I’ll keep writing. It helps me stay out of the box.
Sunday June 10, 20 Elm St., Milford NH (UUCM side entrance)
3:15 Kundalini Yoga Class with Siri Bani Kaur
5:00 Kirtan-Concert with Eve Kodiak (Taj Prem Kaur)
6:30 Community Supper (dish to share welcomed but not required)
Come to all three! or two! or one! Advance tickets/sign up
Enlighten Your Life!
Ambient Light, our new “Touchstone” for Colors in Motion, is out! It’s 32 minutes of improvisations for cello and piano, recorded by my son Damiel Faxon and myself. The visuals are a beautiful choreography of flower closeups melting into watercolor, realized by the team of Chris Graefe and Linda DeHart.
There will be a more extensive blog post in mannawithketcup.com by tonight, with some photos and some descriptions and back stories . . . but for now, just sit back and enjoy the energy of spring emerging in sound and color and soul.
Well, Damiel Faxon and I left the house at 6 AM yesterday morning to beat the snow to the Colors in Motion studio in Boston – and we spent three amazing hours with Christopher Graefe, Linda Dehart, a very large monitor and hundreds of flower photos and water color paintings . . . we’re putting them together with our cello/piano score called “Ambient Light,” to be released in May . . .. part of Colors In Motion’s mission to bring calm to big screens in public spaces and in hospital rooms.
How often do we get to spend time with others who are totally committed to creating and sharing beauty? Tears flowed more than once!
There’s an article about the genesis of Colors in Motion called Art That Transcends our Digital World in the new issue of the SHIFT Catalyst – enjoy!
I’ll be teaching the entry-level Brain Gym 101 course at The Kinesiology Connection in Lexington, MA, over two weekends – January 14-15 and March 4-5. This course is by client request, so we’ll cover the material with a focus on the personal/professional goals of the particular students. Some are parents of challenging children. Some are twenty-somethings who recently were challenging children. There are teachers and people in medicine. It will be an eclectic and friendly group.
My goals are: 1. to teach and practice the balance process so that it becomes an intuitive and everyday means of quick integration and peace. 2. to dig into the developmental background of the Brain Gym movements (we’ll be doing learning lots about infant reflexes, and how they affect us as we move through our lives). 3. to help everyone in the class come away with what they most need, whatever that is.
BTW – this course is a prerequisite for many other courses in the Educational Kinesiology canon, and it may be used for licensure.
Information about timing, price, etc. in the attached registration form. January 14 is coming right up, be in touch!
My collaboration with the company Colors In Motion has resulted in this new “Touchstone,” a beautiful 30-minute video combining selections from my CD Sleep Like a Baby with the beautiful abstract watercolors of Linda Dehart and the computer graphics wizardry of Christoper Graefe. Enjoy it any time for free! (If you get lost on my new nascent website, Manna With Ketchup, just click on the “Sleep Like a Baby” post under BLOG – you’ll get to a blurb and a link that way).
This album – which includes another half hour of “lullabies and other love songs” – including favorites like Raisins and Almonds and Over the Rainbow and Moon River – originals, too! is now for sale on the web, in both physical and digital form through CD Baby. Click on the album cover to the right of the website to play samples, and the handy-dandy little cart comes up if you’d like to buy a song or the whole album. (It’s so cool – and a little weird – to be able to offer this. Feels almost illicit).