Now teaching rhythm via LessonFace

Thanks to miracles in modern technology, you no longer have to be in the same place as other people to learn about rhythm. It’s true that due to the inherent latency of the internet, you can’t have a simultaneous rhythmic experience, but you’d be surprised just how much you can learn about yourself and your relationship to rhythm with someone online. Don’t let geography get in the way, head on over to LessonFace.com to check it out!

I recently worked with a student in Toronto, Ontario from the comfort of our own computers. He wanted a couple beatboxing pointers to better accompany his singer-songwriter guitar act. Where we quickly got to was a process of deepening the inherent rhythms of his guitar playing and using that to anchor the percussive sounds already in his mouth.

If you’re interested in other kinds of music lessons (piano, oboe, ukelele, whatever), now is a great time to check out LessonFace.com as they are having a holiday promotion.

Journey in Rhythm with The Elements THIS FRIDAY

Singing with The Elements is always a journey, and none of us knows where it will end up. I can’t tell you what kind of music we’ll make at the show (because I don’t know), but I can say that I love and trust everything we do together, and it’s gonna be good…

The Elements


Support Level

Come enjoy music, humor, vulnerability, funk, high energy, stillness, texture, story, harmony, and a whole lot of singing! Chances are the music will extend beyond the stage and into the crowd. Tickets $10-20 in advance, $15-25 at door. Doors open at 7:30pm, show 8pm. Near Downtown Berkeley BART.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Shay Nichols sings in a style all her own, and loves helping people experience the beauty and power of their voice. Her work blends the freedom of improvisation with the wisdom of sound healing traditions to encourage well being and transformation.

Green Huse has many miles of touring under her feet, and is now lovingly rooted in family life in Berkeley. She sings with all she’s got and improv is her mother tongue.

The British singer Briony Greenhill is freedom and acceptance given voice! She also founded the London Vocal Improv Collective and has studied with Bobby McFerrin & Rhiannon.

Sam Rogers (aka The One Mouth Band) has crisscrossed the globe as a solo a cappella act, TaKeTiNa Rhythm Facilitator, & CircleSong Leader. Formerly of SoVoSo and the theater/vocal group Improvox, he loves getting to sing with people of all levels, especially those who challenge him.

German-born Christopher Kuntzsch elegantly combines mastery with the child-like playfulness of the beginner’s mind. Raised by an opera singer and orchestra conductor, his recent vocal explorations have included circlesong play with Bobby McFerrin, the joys of tight barbershop harmonies, launching a looping-based a capella duo, and providing musical care for the dying. At its core, his music seeks to open the deeper realms of the heart.

Join these 5 dynamic vocalists for an evening of richly-textured a cappella singing. With their presence, freedom, tenderness, & respect, they will call forth music of the elements, and of the audience.

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IBMF6: The International Body Music Festival

Being a part of this community has changed my life for the better. This year’s schedule looks as amazing as ever! I won’t be performing or teaching this year, but I can’t help but be in attendance. See you there?

TaKeTiNa Lecture with founder Reinhard Flatishler

Reinhard FlatishlerWorld-famous master percussionist Reinhard Flatischler will be offering a free lecture (open to the general public) about the health benefits of rhythm, this from 6:30 – 8:00pm Friday, October 11th evening in Berkeley, California.

As a member of The International Society for Music in Medicine, and founder of the TaKeTiNa modality, Mr. Flatischler is well-qualified to discuss the latest research regarding the efficacy of rhythm and music in mental and physical health.

Topics will include, how rhythm can:

  •  Jumpstart your intuition
  •  Bring you into a profound state of inner silence
  •  Promote physical health
  •  Promote spiritual evolution
  •  and much more…

QEEGMr. Flatischler will talk about past and current research and reveal some of the latest applications in therapy. He is currently training physicians and therapist in Europe to use rhythm in their healing practices.

The TaKeTiNa modality is one of the most effective methods for learning how to go through phases of chaos in constructive and creative ways.

The lecture will include a short, experiential component facilitated by Mr. Flatischler.

Location
The Tamalpais Room at the David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way,  Berkeley, CA 94704

Please arrive early to secure your seat

Transportation
Easy access by Downtown Berkeley Bart
or drive & park in a nearby parking garage

The lecture is open to the general public and held on the evening of the first day of a 3-day TaKeTiNa workshop facilitated by Mr. Flaticshler. If you are interested in participating in the 3-day workshop, more information and registration can be found at this link:
http://yoga-of-rhythm.eventbrite.com

The Elements @ The Rose Labyrinth: Autumnal Equinox Edition

Back by popular demand, The Elements are soon making their second appearance at the Berkeley Rose Labyrinth for an all-improvised concert and ritual to mark the turning of the season. This is music healing, rhythm journey, participatory song, and uplifting improvisational beauty all wrapped up in one. More details below…

TheElements_130926Join these 5 dynamic vocalists for an evening of richly-textured a cappella singing in The Rose Labyrinth on Thursday, September 26th from 7:30 to 9pm (doors open at 7pm). With their presence, freedom, tenderness, & respect, they will call forth music of the elements, and of the audience. Come to listen, come to sing, come to walk the ritual path with an organic human soundtrack to aid your self-discovery.

Tickets are $10/chair or $20/couch if purchased in advance at: http://samavesha.inticketing.com/events/342868
It’s $15/chair or $25/couch at the door (if available), but this event will likely sell out. Proceeds benefit Samavesha (501c3) as well as these healing sound artists.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Shay Nichols sings in a style all her own, and loves helping people experience the beauty and power of their voice. Her
work blends the freedom of improvisation with the wisdom of sound healing traditions to encourage well being and transformation.

Green Huse has many miles of touring under her feet, and is now lovingly rooted in family life in Berkeley. She sings with all she’s got and improv is her mother tongue.

Briony Greenhill is freedom and acceptance given voice! She also founded the London Vocal Improv Collective and has studied with Bobby McFerrin & Rhiannon.

Sam Rogers (aka The One Mouth Band) has crisscrossed the globe as a solo a cappella act, TaKeTiNa Rhythm Facilitator, & CircleSong Leader. Formerly of SoVoSo and the theater/vocal group Improvox, he loves getting to sing with people of all levels.

German-born Christopher Kuntzsch elegantly combines mastery with the child-like playfulness of the beginner’s mind. Raised by an opera singer and orchestra conductor, his recent vocal explorations have included circlesong play with Bobby McFerrin, the joys of tight barbershop harmonies, launching a looping-based a capella duo, and providing musical care for the dying. At its core, his music seeks to open the deeper realms of the heart.