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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

a musical interlude

my friend cindy describes me as a bowlhead. and i heartily agree with her.

you see, if i had my druthers, i would spend every summer evening listening to the wonderful variety of music at the hollywood bowl: classical, jazz, world, broadway, and more. but since that's impossible for me at the moment, both cost-wise and schedule-wise, all i can do is enjoy each performance i attend and let the magic last for as long as possible, at least until my next visit to the bowl.

one of the little-known secrets around town is that you can attend some of the hollywood bowl rehearsal sessions for free. and i did just that this morning; i sat in on the rehearsal of tonight's performance of beethoven and berlioz. my original intent was to listen to the la philharmonic's rendition of the familiar beethoven's 5th symphony. but since i got there a half hour after the session started, i don't know if they skipped the piece altogether (maybe it was so familiar that there was no need to practice it) or if they ran through it quickly before i got there.

(errata: my dear friend CKD, who was there with me, read my post and reminded me that while we missed the start, we were definitely there for the fourth, and maybe even part of the third, movement. ok, so i had a senior moment. i stand corrected...)

i was treated to bramwell tovey leading the orchestra through berlioz's symphonie funèbre et triomphale, followed by a second run-through, this time with the pacific chorale and the granada hills high school highlander marching band joining in.

the best part of attending these daytime rehearsals, besides being able to enjoy the warm sunshine, the peaceful surroundings (unlike at the evening performances where i'm usually surrounded by half-drunk patrons who insist on talking during the performance), and the fact that i don't have to stack-park nor shuttle in, is that i can sit in one of the garden boxes, normally a $93 value, for free! okay, so maybe the performers are attired in shorts and jeans instead of their usual gowns and tuxedos, and maybe they do have to repeat a few passages here and there, but if you close your eyes and listen... it's pretty close to what you'd hear later than evening. as they say, you get what you pay for. but in this case, you really get much more.

tomorrow, i'll be back at the bowl once more for jazz night with al green, lalah hathaway, and lizz wright. and this time, i'm going with honest-to-goodness tickets that i paid for. yes, i do do my fair share of making sure that music at the bowl will continue for years to come.

speaking of music and, in some cases, doing your fair share, here are some musical events at a yoga studio near you for the upcoming month (and you were beginning to wonder what this post had to do with yoga???):

at goda yoga --

Last Saturday of the month, August 26th - 8:00pm
Kirtan with Travis
$10 suggested donation

Kirtan is the "call and response" yogic chanting of beautiful, simple, sacred melodies led by Travis and friends.
Come experience the healing nature of live music in a cozy group setting.

at golden bridge --

Friday, August 4th - 8:00pm
Dr. Freedom & Leela
Cost: $20/advance or $25/day of

International Kirtan singers Dr. Freedom and Leela join us from Costa Rica on their West Coast tour! Their unique music is rooted in Sikh Gurbani Kirtan music, Sufi Qawallis and Hindu mantra devotional Bhajans. At their Kirtan program, the music moves from... soothing, uplifting, exhilarating to hypnotic. Freedom had the privilege to sing with Yogi Bhajan on several occasions world-wide, and was also fortunate to dedicate music at his memorial.

Saturday, August 5th - 6:00pm-12:30am
Nataraja Mela (TranceDance) with Shiva Rea

Benefit for Trees for the Future
Cost: $25/advance or $35/day of

This unbelievable night of yoga, chanting, film, and dance will feature world-renowned yoga teachers Gurmukh & Shiva Rea, international kirtan stars Wah! and Dave Stringer and DJ Cheb I Sabbah! Each studio will feature a different vibe and the night will be one you will never forget!

In the Main Space:
6-7:00 pm - Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh
7:00-8:00 pm - Prana Yoga with Shiva Rea
8:00-9:15 pm - Wah! and Dave Stringer perform on mainstage with Ramaa and Swetha dance performance
9:30 pm - Dj Cheb i Sabbah begins Trance Dance
11:30-12:30 am - end evening with chanting from Govindas and Joey Lugassey

In our Bodh Gaya Meditation Room:
Nataraj alters with special kirtan performed by Govindas, Joey Lugassey and Daphne Tse throughout the evening

In Pune Studio:
Rotating film screenings throughout the evening

Saturday, August 12th - 8:00pm
Benefit Concert for Divine Amma featuring Wah!
Cost: $20/adv or $25/day of

Wah! has offered to do this as a benefit to help bring Swami and Amma to America. Please join us so that we may help bring these divine beings here so they can continue to do their wonderful work!

at exhale in venice --

Friday, August 25th - 8:00pm-10:00pm
Dharma Talk and Universal Peace Chant
$15 Suggested Donation

Join us for an evening gathering of chanting and prayer for peace. Saul David Raye will give a brief Dharma Talk and then we will spend the evening chanting and praying for peace.
All proceeds will benefit the Exhale Soul Foundation. Please join us.

at illumination yoga --

Friday, August 4th, 8:00pm
Girish Chanting Event
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Treat all of your senses to the magic of mantra. Girish's new tour features irresistible beats, an amazing visual show of sacred images, and call and response and sing along Sanskrit mantras.
Experience the power of chanting and dancing your prayers..... come join the chant revolution!
Joining Girish is Tony Bray on saxophone and keyboard and Diana Bray singing backup.
Girish's life journey has been marked by a series of profound transformations, unified by an underlying journey toward purpose. He has gone from aspiring jazz drummer to renunciant Hindu monk to first call tabla guru for the likes of Krishna Das to solo mantra troubadour, and he's not done yet.
It should come as no surprise then that Girish's latest CD, Shiva Machine is all radical departure and simultaneous next step evolution.

at insight yoga --

Friday, August 4th - 8:00pm
Kirtan for a Cause with Vaiyasaki Das
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Join us for a joyful and spiritually-uplifiting evening of traditional Indian music, call-and-response chanting and feel good about it!
All of the money will go directly to the National Children's Cancer Society. Click here to learn more about the charity.
To learn more about Vaiyasaki Das click here.
To listen to some of his music click here.

Friday, August 18th - 8:00pm
Sarasvati's Dream: A Tapestry of Harmonics and Light with Diáne Mandle
$15 by August 14th, $20 after

Experience a sense of peace and well being in an evening of Harmonic Sound, Dancing Light and Extraordinary Healing.
Diane weaves transcendent harmonics of precision tuned Tibetan Bowls, Planetary Moon Gong, and other Sacred Sound instruments with a spectacular dance of Moving Light Forms creating overtones, rhythms and tonalities of Sacred Sound. She tells the story of the Bowls and the healing they bring. An evening that will soothe, inspire and awaken your spirit.
Dress comfortably to lie down. Mats and blankets provided, or bring your own.

at maha yoga --

Saturday, August 5th - 8:00pm
Ecstatic Chanting with Steve Ross
Free or Donation for the musicians

Please join us for a joyful evening of chanting with Steve Ross. Sing or just sit back and listen as we fill the studio with bliss. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a pillow to sit on and enjoy.

First Sunday of the month, August 6th - 7:30-9:00pm
Hot Sundays with Light
By Donation

Come take a strong yoga class illuminated by candles, filled with amazing music and wrapped up with great giveaways. Open your heart and donate to a worthwhile cause. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the National Parkinson Foundation.

at rising lotus --

Friday, August 18th - 8:15pm
Kirtan with Daniel
By Donation

Come join us for an evening of ecstatic chanting. No singing experience needed, only a willingness to open your heart (and your mouth) to the blissful flow.

at santa monica yoga --

First Sunday of the month, August 6th - 5:30pm
Yoga, Kirtan (Chanting), and Meditation with Mary Donovan and Travis Eliot
$15 or series pass

at shakti's elements --

Saturday, August 12th, 7:00-9:00pm
Suggested Donation: $20

Sacred Sound: The Joyful Experience of Kirtan, Bhajan, and Raga.

at the yoga center --

Sunday, August 13th, 7:00-9:00PM
Suggested donation: $10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds)

Sacred Sound: The Joyful Experience of Kirtan, Bhajan, and Raga.

at yoga desa --

First Saturday of the month, August 5th - 7:00pm
Kirtan in the Canyon with Andrew & Michèle & Friends
Suggestion donation: $10

When you sing bhajans, or kirtan, the sound energy gets absorbed into every atom of your body. Just as a microphone absorbs sound and converts it into electricity, the body absorbs sound and converts it into consciousness. Your entire body gets soaked in energy and transformation happens. Come explore this acoustic transformation in motion hosted by Art of Living teachers Michele Krolik and Andrew Behla.
Call 818.340.6088 for info.

at yoga loft manhattan beach --

Sunday, August 6th - 7:00-8:20pm
YOGA UNPLUGGED!! with Kelly McAndrews & singer/guitarist Paul LeMire
$15 / Series do not apply

Mellow flow class with candlelight & live music.

at yoga west --

Saturday August 26th
Yogi Bhajan Birthday Celebration!

Special Sadhana at Yoga West
2:40am Japji
3:00am World Wide 11 minute Meditation
3:12am Kundalini Yoga
3:30am-6:00am 2 1/2 hr Long Ek Ong Kar Meditation

6:00pm Special Evening Birthday Party & Class:
Chanting & Live Music
Yogi Bhajan teachers by video
Dinner, Birthday Cake & Stories

at yogaworks larchmont --

Friday, August 25th - 7:30-9:30pm
Yoga to Lift Your Spirit with Peter Barnett

This evening is all about feeling good. Mood enhancing yoga postures including sun salutes, inversions, backbends, gentle forward bends and hip openers, as well as a long delicious savasana will be the central focus of an experience enhanced by hands on adjustments, music, poetry, candles and flowers.
Come indulge!