An ocean of sounds
Our music is very delicate and without sudden surprises. It can be perceived as an ocean of sounds - in which every single tone has its own life - though not craving any special attention nor leading anywhere special.
And where are you when you are not "on the way"? Here and Now...
the first part of the concert
We start with tuning in to the audience and the concert room. It is our experience that the combination of sitar and singing bowls are exquisite tools for this matter.
Often we sense this introduction as a wave of energy coming from the audience towards us - changing into music - and then the wave is flowing back to the audience, ... dissolving into the sense of Oneness.
This process is strongest when listening to the sounds that evolve after the music instrument has been touched: this is where the overtones are coming alive. It is also in this way we are listening to our own playing.
the second part of the concert
After having explored the concert hall in all its aspects it´s time to expand.
The Universe is grander and vaster than us and this is the experience that is inviting us.
The energy in the first part could be described as being horizontal - it now rises vertically, like a cosmic spiral.
Every individual is participating in his/her own way, hearing the own inner music and experiencing the own inner journey.
I bought my sitar in India in 1980. I met a rickshaw driver whom just had bought a guitar. He asked me if I could teach him some chords. He himself played sitar. For the next two days we learned from each other all that can be learned in two days.
Once back home, I had the instrument standing in the corner of my living room.
From time to time I played on it, casually touching the strings to enjoy the rich tone and overtones. I found out after a couple of months that it was exactly what I had been looking for, for such a long time…
That way of playing gave me the sensation of listening to what was played. I experienced that my hands were moving without me actually moving them.
The Singing Bowls
Mayadevi bought her Singing Bowls in 1981 and has since then been using them in healing sessions, avant-garde performances and for meditation music.
The origin and use of the Tibetan bowls is very vague.
In the buddhistic culture, a monk is ordained with an orange robe and one bowl. This bowl is used for begging for food - and to support the meditation. A soft touch on the bowl produces a mantra-like sound.
The bowls are made from a mixture of metals. The blend of metals determines the range of overtones. Each planet "rules" over its own metal: The Sun is connected to gold, the Moon to silver, Venus to copper, Mercurius to mercury (notice the planet´s name!), Mars to iron, Jupiter to tin and Saturn to lead.
This might explain the continious changing range of overtones (as the movement of planet changes the influence on the metals) of a set of bowls.
In this way, the bowls seem to reflect the Cosmic Sound.
Shintai has programmed the sound of the instrument so that it melts completely with the sound of the bowls.
1. One Sound 31:24
with Singing Bowls and Sitar
1. One Sound 31:24
2. Meeting 32:33
A unique combination of Eastern instruments, melting and whirling into each other.
Deeply relaxing and healing the entire energy system.
The journey ends in a blissful explosion of the heart.