EVENT: Gong Meditation
The Power of Sound
I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a Tibetan sound bowl meditation a while back.
I still struggle to find the best way to describe it.
We lay on our yoga mats, listening to the sounds of the bowls. There were many sounds, but one in particular resonated so deeply with me that each time it was struck I completely felt myself dropping down another layer. Much like an onion. These shed layers tuned out my ego, my monkey brain, and before you know it I was "out" .... but I wasn't sleeping.
I'd FINALLY done it - I meditated! And in under an hour - HA!
When I rose - I felt so full of calm and peace that I almost felt drunk but without the side effects. I was so blissed out I even accidentally made two traffic errors on my way home (oops!) and since that day, I have been on the lookout for someone to bring that to the studio for all of you to experience.
So... what IS it?
In nature, vibrations travel via water and air. This is significant when you consider the human body is approximately 65 percent water. It is also significant when we think of what vibrations or sounds we are communicating to one another, and what sort of energy are we producing for ourselves and for the rest of humanity?
Sound is a potent, powerful energy that can express love and concern (the gentle hum your mother used to lull you to sleep), or cause great pain and destruction (car horns honking). Human consciousness has begun to accept the possibility that we live in an energetic world where the powerful vibrations made by music, positive thoughts, and words of love and harmony produce peace and beauty while vibrations lacking this positive energy produce distortion.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MY VERSION OF HAPPY HOUR!
DATE: FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019
TIME: 6 - 7:30 PM
EARLY BIRD PRICING: $25 PER PERSON
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*NOTE: THIS EVENT REQUIRES REGISTRATION SO I KNOW HOW MANY TO PLAN FOR*
CLASS SPACE IS LIMITED, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
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I’m a storyteller. I tell stories with percussion. I use different sounds that will bring up memories, so the stories I tell, are your own stories, the stories you live.
Remember the sound of your grandma’s music box, the wind outside your window, or the busy street where you grew up? These are the type of sound stories that I tell. I use sound to connect you to memories. I’m a storyteller.
I work without a net. I go out to the edge and jump off everyday, because that is the only way. Yes, I've done my homework—over 40 years of research and performance—but every day is different, every session is different, and all of the wonderful people I connect with are different. So I don't work from a script. The Universe is fluid. What works one day, may not work the next. It's important for me to work in the moment.
Since 2002 I've worked under the name, G O N G T O P I A, presenting concerts of original compositions & improvisations played on metal instruments, sounding bass drum, and hand drums. Working with the Gongs, Singing Bowls, Bells and Metals is extremely satisfying. The vibrations are intense and beautiful. My impetus for this comes from hearing all the wonderful sounds and harmonics while practicing alone, only to have them disappear in the context of a loud musical ensemble. Pure percussion, by itself, is one of the most beautiful things you will ever hear.
Another aspect of this work is presenting both Gong Meditation Sessions & Sound Workshops, using Gongs, Singing Bowls & Bells. These instruments create vibratory fields that can affect changes in your energy system. I love working with them. I love that I can present these vibrations to people.
I've also released over 40 albums of solo percussion music and various duo/trio performances. As a parallel career, I've written about music and musicians for both magazines & books. From 1983-2008, I was a contributing writer for MODERN DRUMMER magazine, writing feature interviews, technical articles, and both product and music reviews. I've also written for AVANT (UK), DownBeat, Rhythm, and many other music magazines.
Among my books are: WHEN IN DOUBT, ROLL! (with Bill Bruford), PERCUSSION PROFILES (with Trevor Taylor), and THE THINKING DRUMMER series of instructional books.
You can access my percussion blogs, PERCUSSION DECONSTRUCTION™ and THE WAY OF THE GONG™; and my art blog, ART AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE, from the home page here.
I also teach extensively, both in private lessons, and in workshops & clinics around the country, because I enjoy sharing what I have learned over the years.
~ Michael Bettine