The Power of Art: – Can music treat ADHD?

The power of music continues to make itself known.  Let’s hope there is more of this to come! Check out this video at http://youtu.be/tzDjVWsnrWM

March Newsletter

Hello all.  I have been experiencing a few teething issues as I learn how to use my new Mail Chimp program for newsletters.  It appears to be all sorted now, so enjoy the March update.

Find me on triple j Unearthed

I have set up a profile at http://triplejunearthed.com/JohnRodriquez where you can play and download some of my music.  Hop on over and have a listen.  I would love to see some of your reviews appearing on the site.  Thanks.

 

Coming Events – Moving to new page

Hi folks!  I am trialling a new Event Calendar plug in from WordPress.

Please click on the Events Page to find coming events. See pic below. If you can’t see a picture of the page yet, you may need to click on the “Read more” Button.

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Please let me know how you like it!

Ken Davis in Concert

Saturday 23 March  7- 9PM

Tallebudgera Valley Community Hall, Gold Coast

 

Ken Davis will feature his passion and love for music throughout the entire evening by performing styles of music from Ambient, Healing, Tai Chi and Kirtan styles, to smooth jazz and even some trance style ambience electronica.
He is the master of his Up Close and Personal Style Of performance with stories of his life and lifestyle that is inspiring and innovative.
Ken will feature his Vocoder voice synthesiser that he has featured in his music since they were invented in the mid 1970′s, as well as his Crystal Singing Bowls and tetrahedrons in the first half of the performance, this is sure to be something special.

Tickets $25 + booking fee in advance through MOSHTIX
 click here  moshtix.com.au/v2/event/ken-davis-concert/63802 or tel: 1300 438 849 to book.
– or $30 at door (if not sold out)

SoulCollage®

I have started up a new interest called SoulCollage®

Some of the work I am doing here has inspired a new CD called “Modern Mantras for Modern Times” which I am working on

You can read all about it at souljohn.wordpress.com

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The SoulCollage® process is described in Seena B. Frost’s book, SoulCollage®. More information about SoulCollage® can be found at soulcollage.com

4 Week Drum Course with Elliott Orr

Starting Thursday 31 January

West End, Brisbane

 

This is a wonderful way to experience the power of drumming, make new friends and have a great time!

This course is open to all levels of experience.
DETAILS

When:
Thursday 31 Jan; Thursday  7 Feb; Thursday 21 Feb; Thurs. Feb. 28

Wallet:

Classes are broken into 3 sessions. Basic payment covers 2 sessions. Full payment covers all three. Session descriptions are below.
BASIC PAYMENT $70 / $20 casual

FULL PAYMENT $90 / $25 casual

Venue: West End Croquet Club, Musgrave Park, 91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane 4101
Drums: Drums available for hire ($5 per night) and sale.

Bookings: 0407 372 554 / info@talkinthedrum.com.au

If you have just entered the land of the drum, welcome to the circle! This is a whole world of its own, a diverse community of people spanning the globe. Here in Brisbane, Elliott Orr has been teaching weekly classes since 1995, sharing the simple joy of African rhythm with some 10,000 people. After all this time, and all these people, he is still loving it!!

Classes are grouped into courses of 3-6 weeks, over which time a complete African piece is taught (it is more important to play one rhythm well than to play a bunch of rhythms poorly).

This year Elliott has introduced a new format where the class is broken into 3 sessions. Basic payment covers 2 sessions.

Session 1 – Devoted to entry-level beginner drummers who are discovering how to find the bass, tone and slap. Learn the A.B.C. of the djembe in a fun, relaxed and friendly environment. It flows at a comfortable, easy going pace and while it is pitched at entry-level beginners, fully fledged beginners and more advanced drummers are totally welcome – after all, lets face it, one can always improve one’s technique. More advanced drummers will be stretched accordingly.

Session 2 – This is for everybody, an overlapping session for all levels. Focus here is on the actual rhythms contained in the piece of the course. There are usually 2-4 accompaniment hand drum parts to any particular rhythm and in this session you will get to know these parts and learn how to start and stop them.

Session 3 – This last session is for ‘fully-fledged’ beginners, intermediate and advanced drummers who have not only developed a reasonable technique but are ready to learn the more complex aspects of the piece. These include learning and placing the call, any breaks or bridges and solo phrases.

Each session is separated by a tea break, a chance to catch the breath and catch up with friends.

Sing For Australia

I tried writing a new National Anthem for Australia a few years back.  The harder I tried , the clearer it became that we cannot have a real national anthem to call our own until we reconcile with the traditional owners of this land.  So, this is what came out instead!  Lyrics are ⓒ 2005 John Rodriquez but the tune is courtesy of Aussie history!

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You can download the lyrics & chords here.

Sing For Australia Lyrics & Chords