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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)

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.

Vege Bake Recipe

From New Year’s Day Event, Follow Your Bliss, hosted by Samjjana.  This is the vegetarian recipe (easily adapted for vegan too) that I promised to share.  This is my own creation and all measurements are rubbery!

Vege Bake

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose

Thursday 31 January & Friday 1 February

Byron Bay

 Tuesday 5 February

Brisbane

Saturday 16 February

Sydney

 

An unforgettable experience of music, mantra, meditation and love, in a participatory concert of contemporary and ancient chants and songs.

The music of Deva Premal & Miten has been called “pure magic” by best-selling author Eckhart Tolle, and for the last twenty years, worldwide fans have joyously agreed. Their ancient mantras and modern songs will take you on a blissful journey that eases the heart while it quiets the mind. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri flute master Manose and keyboard player Maneesh.

(Due to their full schedule, only the concerts in Byron Bay, Brisbane and Sydney and the Ecstatic Retreat (fully booked) are available this Jan/Feb)

For more information and bookings for the concerts,  http://www.chrishooper.com.au/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?page=events/dpm.htm

Dave Stringer Australian Tour

February/March

 

 

Kirtan Evenings & Workshops
with Dave Stringer & Band

Tuesday 22 February – Thursday 4 April

Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth & Maraylya

Dave Stringer has been widely profiled in publications all over the world as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel.

Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s work underwent a significant shift when video editing work brought him to an ashram in Ganeshpuri, India in 1990. Subsequent periods of service teaching meditation to prison inmates expanded his interest and research in neuroscience.
Sydney:  Friday 22 & Saturday 23 February
Canberra:  Sunday 24 February
Melbourne:  Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 February
Brisbane:  7th, 8th & 9th March
Gold Coast:  Sunday 10 March
Adelaide:  Tuesday 12 & Thursday 14 March
Perth:  Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 March
Bali Spirit Festival-Ubud:  Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 March
Bodhi Festival-Newcastle:  Friday 29 March – Sunday 7 April
Flight School Retreat Maraylya, NSW:  Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 April

“A departure from ancient kirtan.  Dave Stringer’s performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter.”
The Los Angeles Times

For more information about Dave, please visit www.DaveStringerAustralia.com or http://www.DaveStringer.com/

For Tickets: mailto:chris@chrishooper.com.au or http://www.chrishooper.com.au/