Monday, April 16, 2007
Here is Ram Dass setting up the keyboard before the concert. He does such a nice job playing the keyboard... but his real passion and gift is the clarinet. In last night's concert the keyboard had a blip of some sort (that is one of my more technical terms) and it just blopped out (another technical term). Each time he would strike a note on the keyboard it played out into the speakers with about a half second delay. He managed to play a few pieces with this delay going... now that is talent. But after awhile it was clear that it wasn't worth it... so we played the rest of the concert without the keyboard. The good news is that we heard some more clarinet and he did a beautiful job.
Here is Manish tuning his tabla before the concert. Manish really makes sure that his tabla is always in tune. I am really beginning to appreciate it. When the tabla is in tune it sings with you... it is so beautiful. I hadn't really payed that much attention to tuning before... I admit it. But Manish told us a fun story. The first time that Ravi Shankar came to the west and did a concert he started off the concert with tuning his sitar. As is quite normal in an Indian classical music concert Ravi Shankar came out on stage and sat down to tune his sitar. It took him 45 minutes. When he finished the audience gave him a standing ovation! He said very humbly to the audience, "If you like my tuning, you will probably like the actual music that I will be playing tonight."
Here is GuruGanesha and a young man named Ravinder taking the poles out of our banner which sits behind us on stage.
Here is Ram Dass and Manish taking a moment for a samurai fight with the poles.
Here is Krishan wrapping the cables. He has a special technique for wrapping the cables that actually preserves their life for alot longer then if you were to use say "my technique". He tried to show me once... but I haven't been able to retain that particular technique. Krishan is seen here wrapping cables... but he is actually in charge of both set up and break down. I wish that I had one hundred photos to show you how hard he works. I feel very blessed to have him on tour, along with the the whole crew. They work hard, but they are incredibly positive.
Here is GuruGanesha, Manish, Ravinder and Ram Dass folding the banner. There is also a special technique here as well. You have to fold it just right so that it can continue to look good concert after concert. We are actually due for a new one soon. I noticed a little tear the other night.
Here is Nirbhe Kaur and Sanela who cooked us a great meal for after the concert, and were there helping to clean up and haul things out to the van.
Here is Manish carrying microphone stands.
It's funny that you should mention Ravi Shankar. A friend of mine just yesterday loaned me one of his CDs. It's wonderful! I recognized a few of the mantras/chants, but many were new to me. Good stuff!
At times we forget to recognize all the many people that work together, sometimes behind-the-scenes, to create success in any task. In this case it's your concert and in everyday life our synergy with others expands our collective efforts.
Peace & blessings,
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In these videos khan is older than Ravi, but plays better. Remember Darbari has a note which is "andolan", means a note in between two notes and is not on piano or harmonium. It has challege of it's own, but khan plays incredible. Their style follows singing emotions to the tee.
Many thanks & gratitude for the honor of serving the amazing experience which is the Celebrate Peace Tour! I enjoyed meeting you all. Safe travels as you continue to touch lives!
I have been feeling waves of energy from that upcoming event and sorry I will not be there myself to enjoy it to the fullest.
Doing a little teaching now, started out well... I play your music to keep things in a delightful space. Now if the students would come back! Reminds me of a story I have heard...
Hope we get some "live music" MP3 from Solstice!
A month or so ago I heard you in concert at the Unity church in Sacramento. You and the band were wonderful - I hope you return to Northern California soon. I spoke to you afterwards - I was the person who had taken some classes from Yogi Bajan (sp?) in the 60's. I didn't get a chance to tell GuruGanesha how much I enjoyed his guitar playing. He reminded me of Jerry Garcia with his wonderful rhythm with fun solo 'riffs'.
Your CDs are a treat.