• Music of the Heart with Daniel Chambo

  • ~An interactive, inward musical journey, combining deep listening, somatic inquiry, and collaborative sound~

    Music of the Heart - Flowjo - (biweekly, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays)
    5:45-6:00: Arrive and Settle
    6:00-7:00: Music of the Heart class: listening, feeling, singing
    7:15-7:30: transition for Ecstatic Dance
    Suggested donation: $10-$20
    (give what you can - no contribution is too small or too large!)

    I'm excited to finally be offering this journey of sound and feeling at the Flowjo, right before our beloved Ecstatic Dance! Music of the Heart combines deep listening, guided meditation, and group sound to provide an experience that is at once reflective, healing, and fun. Our hope is that this will serve as an way to for us land more fully in our hearts and bodies, allowing us an even deeper Dance experience, or whatever comes next in our evening (Dance attendance not required :). No experience is necessary, be it musical, spiritual, religious or otherwise, so feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested! This in an ongoing event that will build on itself overtime, but will always be accessible to new folks. See below for more information and details, and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

    (PS: it is totally fine to come only for the class and not to Dance, or vice versa. There will be a 15 min transition period before the Dance circle begins)

    There is indeed a Music of the Heart; a subtle, ever changing tapestry of feelings, emotions, and desires flowing through our inner world, that is often drowned out by the hubbub of everyday life. Within Music of the Heart, we explore practices that can help tune our ears to this more subtle music within. Guided by the feelings and sensations that arise as we listen and sing, we will discover how to use music as craft to travel through the realms of the subconscious and unconscious. Through listening to highly emotive music, guided group toning/singing, and simple exercises exploring the relationship of sound and emotion in the body, participants will have the opportunity to unwind, let go, and reconnect with that deep well of feeling and wisdom that lies with in each of us.

    “My music is my thought, and my thought is my emotion; the deeper I dive into the ocean offeeling, the more beautiful are the pearls I bring forth in the form of melodies.”~~Hazrat Inayat Khan

    More Info, and FAQ:
    ~Music is a language beyond words. Just as our feelings and emotions often defy definition, music offers us a special place to experience and express this inner world, without the need to explain it or put it a box. Throughout our existence, we humans have used music to help us celebrate, to help us grieve, to help us love. In short, music helps us feel more deeply. All of us have experienced this relationship to some degree, as we have all listened to or played music in our lives. In this workshop, we will explore the relationship of music and feeling in a more intentional, interactive, and reflective way.~

    Q: Is this a concert, a class, or a sharing circle? Will I be listening or participating?
    A: All of the above! The inspiration for Music of the Heart originally grew from my desire to bridge the gap between audience and performer, and draw people into the wonder and richness I experience when I play. The tools provided in this workshop will aim to provide you with a deeper experience of both listening to, and creating music. And always remember, all participation is optional!
    Q: Do I need to be a musician to attend this workshop?
    A: NO! No experience, musical or otherwise, is required. Throughout the experience, those that feel less confident will always be able to lean on the confidence of others. If you hesitant or nervous about using your voice, this is designed to be a very safe and nurturing place to explore.
    Q: Should I bring a musical instrument?
    A: The primary focus will on listening to and producing sound with the voice, so there's no need to bring an instrument. However if you'd like to bring an instrument to accompany this process, please do.

    About Daniel Chambo: For 23 years now Daniel has walked a winding path through studies of Music, Vedic chanting, Nada yoga (yoga of sound), and Sufism, as well as over a decade of teaching in wilderness and experiential settings. Now, Daniel specializes in creating music for ceremonial and intentional settings, and facilitating emotionally empowering musical experiences such as Music of the Heart. Whether on bamboo flute, saxophone, or voice, his deeply emotional and highly intuitive approach helps participants move deeper into their own authentic experience. His teachers in matters of music and the inner world include John Gudmundson, K. Sridhar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Vijay Director, Mike Flowers, morning bird songs, mountain sunsets, leaves dancing in the wind, and countless other messengers of this world and beyond.

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