Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Nada Yoga workshop with Yuki in West End

The day after our Tibet2Timbuk2 concert in Byron, I accompanied Yuki Taniguchi in a Nada Yoga workshop at Zen Central in West End. Yuki began with warmup exercises such as mandra sadhana (meditation on low octave notes) and some Sanskrit mantras. She then sang some mantras solo for about 30 minutes, followed by some kirtans with tabla and a little tabla solo at the end. Let's hope Yuki's workshops continue to grow in Australia!

Tibet2Timbuk2 at Byron Community Centre

On Friday Dec 3rd Tibet2Timbuk2 had a concert at Byron Community Centre, with special guests Peter Hunt (trumpet) and Armando Ornano (bansuri). Yuki Taniguchi opened with some beautiful mantras, followed by bansuri alap by Armando and then a slow bhajan with tabla. Yuki had just arrived from Japan, and her flight was delayed so that rather than arriving in the morning and having a rest, she arrived just in time for soundcheck! Well done, Yuki!

Apart from a very small home concert in Ocean Shores in winter, this was our first proper show in Byron. I think we got a few more fans this time so hopefully we've got something to build on there now. The new songs, especially "Snow Lion" were absolutely beautiful, and Peter and Armando added some luscious textures on trumpet and bansuri.