Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Bob Bloom Leads MSI’s Drumming Jamaica

19/12/2010

Mountain Spirit Institute teams up with Master Teaching Artist Bob Bloom
By Cindy Heath

Bob Bloom, of Storrs, CT will lead our Drumming Jamaica workshop February 7-11, 2011 at the Calabash House in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

I first met Bob Bloom in the late 90’s, when I was searching for musicians to fill the program for a children’s entertainment series in Lebanon, NH.  Bob was on stage at a performing artists showcase, and I was immediately drawn to his energy and of course, his skillful drumming. I hired Bob on the spot, and he returned to our stage every summer thereafter, bringing drums for all to play.

Bob Bloom Leads Drumming Jamaica

Bob has been a busy guy, building a highly popular and successful interactive drumming and education program.  Here’s a snapshot of his accomplishments:

*Bob’s certification as a ‘Master Teaching Artist’ was awarded by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 1997.

*For over a decade, Bob served as a faculty assistant to Dr. Babatunde Olatunji for his “Language of the Drums” courses, and he performed as a member of Drums of Passion, Dr. Olatunji’s internationally acclaimed drumming and dance company.

*Bob served from 2007 to 2010 as chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world.

I bought my first conga drum right around the time I met Bob, and started taking lessons at Dartmouth College – what a thrill!  There’s nothing like playing the rhythms with a group – I learned to play conga, bongo, clave and eventually steel drums – all without knowing how to read music. Turns out we feel rhythms at a cellular level, and drumming has all kinds of health benefits, including a positive effect on our immune system.

A highlight of my relationship with Bob was when he gave me one of his drums – a beautiful djembe. This is the one I’ll bring to Treasure Beach,

Calabash House, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Jamaica for the Drumming Jamaica workshop Bob is teaching – perhaps I’ll learn some new rhythms, and come back from Jamaica a bit healthier and wiser.

As African music educator Olatunji said, “Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm.”

If you would like to join MSI in Jamaica, please check out the MSI website or call 603-763-2668

MSI Gears up with Programs

17/11/2010

Mountain Spirit is advertising in Wisdom Magazine, and Spirit of Change aiming at people who might be at a crossroads in their life, or simply wanting to try a new challenge, or learn something new.

A non-profit educational organization

Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle program will be held in Northern Vermont next spring at a peaceful retreat center, focusing on the personal – sustainability and health. Learn how to plant a garden, the basics of yoga and meditation and of course time for relaxation in a beautiful place.

Drumming Jamaica program taught by well-known instructor Bob Bloom will be held in Treasure Beach Jamaica from Feb. 7-11. There will be about 20 hrs of instruction with plenty of time to explore the beaches and local culture. Lodging will be at the Calabash House.

New Zealand: Our other base. We will be based on the South Island near the Southern Alps. Aimed at active travelers but with flexible offerings, depending upon your interest and focus. Options are trekking, glacier travel, rock climbing, or simply walks and getting into the lessor known areas of the Wanaka and Queenstown area, with options of other parts of South Island depending  upon your availability, interest and energy. Be ready to step out and see something new.

For more info, see our website: www.mtnspirit.org

Jamaica Drumming Feb. 7th-11th, 2011

12/11/2010

Mountain Spirit will be hosting a beginning drumming program in Jamaica at Treasure Beach  from February 7th-11th at the Calabash Lodge. The program will be taught by well-known drummer & teacher Bob Bloom.

Learn Drumming, in Jamaica

Says Bloom,” This program is based in an oral tradition method of teaching music. this workshop conveys basic skills to play hand drums from the cone family: djembe, ashiko,and conga. You’ll take home ways to create rhythms that you can enjoy playing to the catchy beats of rock & roll, funk, boogie, swing, African, and folk songs.”

Bloom’s certification as a Master Teaching Artist was awarded by The Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 1997. He is chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of
The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world. For over a decade, Bob performed as a member of Dr. Babatunde Olatunji’s troupe
“Drums of Passion”, and as a faculty assistant to Olatunji for his “Language of the Drums” courses at The Omega Institute.

Mountain Spirit Institute board member Cindy Heath and author Henry Homeyer will host/facilitate the program. Participants will stay at the Calabash House Lodge and the group size will be kept small.
MSI is also practicing sustainable and responsible tourism by offering discounts for local residents of Jamaica who would like to attend the program. Also a portion of the program tuition will go to local schools in Jamaica to benefit the students there.If you are interested in joining us, please visit our website and contact us for more information at info@mtnspirit.org or 603-763-2668.

Snatam Kaur Rehearsal, Part B

25/09/2010

Part B of Snatam Kaur, GuruGanesha Singh and Ramesh Kannan rehearsing the morning of their performance for our Mountain Spirit Institute Fundraiser, in Sunapee, NH.

Snatam Kaur Rehearsal, Part A

25/09/2010

Snatam Kaur, GuruGanesha Singh and Ramesh Kannan rehearse the morning of their performance for our Mountain Spirit Institute Fundraiser, in Sunapee, NH.
This was their third day of rehearsals, and it seemed the energy was so high that I had to capture it, with GuruGenesha’s permission of course.
Thanks you all,  for gracing our living room with your music of the spirit and heart.

Snatam Kaur: Lebanon Opera House

08/09/2010

Snatam Kaur performed in Lebanon NH. The evening was a Mountain Spirit Institute fundraiser concert. Here’s a bit of footage from that night. The band stayed in the small town of Sunapee, NH and prepped for their fall tour while at Lake Sunapee.

Snatam Kaur on Tour

07/09/2010

Snatam Kaur’s music touches the soul. Seeing her live in concert can be a transforming experience. You can follow her on Facebook or check out her tour schedule on Spirit Voyage’s website.
Thanks to all of Snatam’s group for coming to New Hampshire.

Snatam Kaur MSI Fundraiser, A Success

03/09/2010

Snatam Kaur &....

We’ve just had an amazing Mountain Spirit Institute fund raising concert:  Snatam Kaur, Guru Ganesha Singh and Ramesh Kannan played at the Lebanon Opera House, New Hampshire, USA.

GuruGanesha Singh

Not only are we grateful for their music, but for who they are as people. We were fortunate that they made time in their schedule to come to central New Hampshire, and we responded with an enthusiastic audience, (301), and lots of willing volunteers who did everything from move gear, provide flowers, to cook wonderful meals. Thank you Snatam, GuruGanesha, Ramesh, Shanti, Sopurkh, and Japreet!

Snatam Kaur & Family/Band at Lake Sunapee/MSI

As we prepped for the fundraiser by printing brochures, prepping our booth, and coordinating volunteers, Snatam’s band rehearsed in our living room, here in Sunapee, NH, which was really tough duty for us, not.

I learned a lot about what music is meant to be, a spiritual communion – with good discussions about why Snatam and her band do what they do. Also I talked with Ramesh Kannan, and discovered that a book I’d bought in a Durango bookstore, is one of his favorites, on the treatise of the spiritual nature of making music. The book is called The Music Lesson, A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music.

Ramesh Kannan

Stay tuned for some wonderful footage, pending the band’s approval of course. Meanwhile here are some pix.  Again a BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers, support team, Snatam’s family, band members, the Lebanon Opera House, and especially to our sponsors who made this fundraiser possible.

Randy Richards,
Founder
Mountain Spirit Institute

A Children’s Yoga Adventure

17/07/2010

Snatam Kaur offers ‘Shanti the yogi’ – A yoga adventure for children in Lebanon, NH

Discover how much fun Yoga can be for your children with Snatam Kaur. Through imaginative stories, songs, mantras in motion and Yoga exercises especially for children, Snatam takes kids on a Yoga adventure. Magically woven into the adventure, Snatam conveys basic yogic principals to give kids the tools to be peaceful inside, and in their lives. Parents are welcome. Begin your child`s Yoga practice today.

Mantras for children

Wednesday, September 1st, 3:30 pm at the Carter Community Building, 1 Campbell Street, Lebanon, NH.
Cost is $10 per person. Parents, Kids’ Yoga teachers and children of all ages are welcome! Pre-registration is requested.

• Create a Fun Experience of Yoga for children
• Teach children mantras and songs for self esteem and happiness
• Teach basic yogic principals for a peaceful child and future leader of tomorrow.

A yoga adventure

The workshop is modeled after Snatam’s children’s yoga DVD “Shanti the Yogi – Mountain Adventure” and features music from Snatam’s newly released children’s album “Feeling Good Today!”  Snatam Kaur takes you on an adventure of Yoga, singing, and play with Shanti the Yogi. Snatam Kaur’s story-telling is woven through with beautiful illustrations, a Yoga and movement class and her joy-filled music. This is a children’s yoga adventure that parents are sure to love too! This is the first time that Snatam Kaur’s children’s Yoga workshop is held in New Hampshire.

Space is limited so pre-registration is requested.

To find out more or register, please contact us at Mountain Spirit Institute
Tel:  603-763-2668 or Email:  Amanda@mtnspirit.org

Snatam Kaur and Guru Ganesha Singh

21/06/2010

‘In Snatam’s voice there is purity, clarity and love' - Ram Dass

Mountain Spirit Institute is delighted to announce a benefit concert featuring Snatam Kaur with Guruganesha Singh. The Sacred Chant Concert will be at Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH on 1st September 2010. Tickets on sale now at
http://www.lebanonoperahouse.org/event.php?id=777

Snatam Kaur is one of the most popular New Age artists of our time, selling over 75,000 albums a year. An international favorite with fans across the globe, including North America, Europe, Asia, South America and the South Pacific, Snatam Kaur performs at over 100 venues each year, from the Bahamas to Singapore.

Snatam Kaur, whose father was a manager for the Grateful Dead, has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear yet awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. Ram Dass, celebrated author of Be Here Now, says that “in Snatam’s voice…there is purity, clarity, and love.”

Snatam’s CDs Prem, Shanti, LIVE In Concert and Liberation’s Door are setting the industry standard for excellence in New Age sacred music. Snatam Kaur embodies the Sikh message of strength through inner serenity. She brings music, yoga and meditation to the communities she visits, as well as to hospices, juvenile detention centers, and schools she visits along the way.