Check out the Calendar menu on the right for details. Free concert of meditative music with a side order of Tibetan bowls garnished with some spoken word. No meditation experience necessary.
Here are live recordings from our November 13th Songs of the Soul concert in Perth, Australia. The concert had such a positive response in Perth that a matinee performance was added the same day as our evening concert. The first song is With The Tears of My Eyes written by Sri Chinmoy and arranged by Pavaka. The second track is a medley of songs also written by Sri Chinmoy and arranged by Sahadeva.
Both tracks are performed by The Sahadeva Ensemble composed of the following members:
Budhsamudra (New Zealand): vocal
Christian (Austria): vocal
Golapendu (USA): vocal
Karteek (Scotland): violin, vocal
Medur (Canada): vocal
Nelson (New Zealand): percussion, vocal (half of Monk Party)
Papaha (USA): vocal
Pavaka (Canada): bass, vocal
Pragunya (New Zealand): guitar, vocal (the other half of Monk Party)
Sahadeva (UK): piano, vocal
Shout out to Jagadhata who sang with this group at the Christchurch concert and to Ashirvad, our stalwart live sound man and the person who mixed this recording.
The concert also featured Mandu and Visuddhi (Austria), Shamita and Toshala (Austria and New Zealand), Paree’s International Group, Alap (Switzerland), Heart of Joy (Austria) and Monk Party (New Zealand).
On Thursday June 2nd a small version of our music group had the honor of providing some music for a poetry reading to celebrate the International Day of Happiness in the context of the Festival de la Poésie de Montréal. Four local poets read poems by themselves as well as other poets featured in the anthology called Happiness – The Delight Tree. Our esteemed guests were Michel Pleau, Jacques Ouellet, Hélène Lépine (who read for Jean Desy), and Dominique Gaucher (who read for Nora Atalla). Two of the editors of the anthology traveled from New York to host the event. Thank you Bhikshuni Weisbrot and Elizabeth Lara from the United Nations Society of Writers for coming to Montréal! Merci aux poètes qui ont créé une atmosphère vraiment spéciale et unique. L’agencement entre les poèmes et la musique était remarquablement sans faille. Belles vibrations!
The next concert will take place at Freiman Hall in the University of Ottawa on Sunday February 28th at 3pm. This free concert will feature Sangit Surabhi and the Pavaka Ensemble. Free music for meditation. No prior experience necessary. Turn up, tune in, bliss out…. or however that goes…
The Freiman hall is a cool little amphitheatre mostly used for U of O student recitals. Intimate with great acoustics.
610 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON K1N 1A2
This concert is organized as part of a series of free meditation classes:
For more info on either the concert or the classes: 613 232 2387
This was likely to be the last concert of the year, and it took place at the Sri Chinmoy Art Gallery at 54 Elgin (across from the War Memorial) on Sunday December 6th at 3pm. The Gallery has since been closed as it was always intended to be a temporary exhibit, but many visitors keep fond memories of that space. Sangit Surabhi, the all-girl group from Ottawa played at this concert as well as the Pavaka Ensemble. Here are a few photos from our last concert on November 8th at the same venue.
Photos by Kautuhalam.
Our first ever Eastern Canadian Songs of this Soul tour has just wrapped up and it was a lovely success. Audiences in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg got the opportunity to listen to the soothing and uplifting melodies composed by Sri Chinmoy as arranged by 6 different music groups. In each case we played in university theatres to audiences ranging from 200 to 400 people. As is customary for this concert series, the audience was asked to hold their applause until the very end of the concert so that we could create a meditative atmosphere for the duration. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this possible as well as the musicians who travelled from far and wide to make this offering to Canada. And of course, thank you to all the audience members who came out to share an evening of peace. Please visit www.songsofthesoul.com for photos of past concerts and info about upcoming events. You are also welcome to leave comments on the same website. These are some of the comments received on our feedback cards on the night of the concert:
“Amazing, peaceful feeling after”
“such a peaceful and meditative performance. Every act was excellent.”
“Absolutely magical, beautiful, transcendental, heart-opening!”
Photos by Prabhakar (www.pjtstreet.com) and Kautuhalam
Last Friday, Aug 28, the Songs of the Soul concert series presented a special concert in Manhattan once again dedicated to the music of Sri Chinmoy. This concert featured Boris Purushottama Grebenshchikov, who is a legend in Russia and often referred to as the Bob Dylan of Russia. The concert also featured Krishna Das, who is a legend in his own right as “yoga’s rockstar” and the best selling western chant artist of all time. His performance also featured Nina Rao, Sadanand, Nelson Myers-Daly, Pragunya (of Monk Party) and yours truly on fretless bass for the Krishna Das band. We were introduced as the band that had been together for an hour and half (which was about right).
Don’t miss the Songs of the Soul concert series coming to Canada this fall. These concerts of meditative music are free of charge and feature artists from England, Austria and Canada (in this case). Songs of the Soul has been all over the world since 2008 and is coming to Eastern Canada for the first time. These concerts are a tribute to the music of Sri Chinmoy.
Montreal – October 13
Ottawa – October 14
Toronto – October 16
Winnipeg – October 18
The last series of concerts of the Pavaka Ensemble were at the beautiful Jharna Kala Gallery in Ottawa. This is a temporary exhibit of original paintings by Sri Chinmoy celebrating the 40th anniversary of the start of this artistic journey. The concert is free of charge and the setting is super unique! The gallery is currently open at 54 Elgin and the exhibit goes until the end of April 2015. The last concert on March 1st featured Sumadhur, Sangit Surabhi and The Pavaka Ensemble. The previous concerts in December and January were very well attended and well received.