Monday, January 30, 2006
music staff. All of the files are available or generated as PDF's. Very cool.
Monday, January 23, 2006
This should be a wonderful evening. The Center for the Arts is nice medium sized venue and every seat in the house is a good one. Check back, I'll try to coordinate a get together for coffee and dessert for NCFC members after the show somewhere in town!!
Sunday, January 22, 2006
The American Indian DNA Project is a project dedicated to proving the heritage of Native American or American Indian through DNA testing. It uses genetic markers found through recent genetic research conducted on full-blooded native populations in North, Central and South America. They are offering free at home DNA testing kits.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
NOTE: I have discovered that this technique is very difficult or even impossible for some adults to learn. The key being that if you didn’t learn to “roll your R’s” or make the “motorboat” sound with your tongue early in life, it may not be physiologically possible for you to learn this technique as an adult. Anecdotally, somewhere around 20% of my students can’t do this.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
If you belong to any yahoo Groups this is important...
"Yahoo is now using something called "Web Beacons" to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going --similar to cookies. Yahoo is recording every website and every groupyou visit.
Take a look at their updated privacy statement:http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy
About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says web beacons. Click on the phrase web beacons. That will bring you to a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network."
In this section you'll see a little "click here to opt out" link that will let you "opt-out" of their new method of snooping.
Once you have clicked that link, you are exempted. Notice the "Success" message on the top of the next page. Be careful because on that page there is a "Cancel Opt-out" button that, if clicked, will *undo** the opt-out. Feel free to forward this to other groups.
Also, please note that the opt-out is not user-specific - so you will have to opt-out on each computer and/or browser you use.
I am also available for lessons in the Grass Valley / Nevada City area on the weekends.
If you are interested in scheduling a class, please let me know.
Email: oitz @ naflute DOT com
Monday, January 16, 2006
Saturday & Sunday January 21 & 22, 10am–6pm
Place: Hidden Villa Visitors’ Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos, CA
Workshop leader: Zorina Wolf, advanced TaKeTiNa teacher with Karen Jandorf on surdo.
There is a connection between understanding rhythm and increasing intuitive awareness. Both invite you into a deeply relaxing, non-linear world--inner spaciousness.
The TaKeTiNa process, developed by Reinhard Flatischler, invites us to explore and experience rhythm not only as it relates to music, but to every part of our lives.
In this TaKeTiNa workshop, we use our bodies—through stepping, clapping, and vocalization—to find a way into rhythm, joy, and intuitive learning.
We stand together in a circle and at the same time are on our own individual journey.
Sense the support of a “container” while you learn at your own atural pace.
Relax while accessing your rhythmic understanding and curiosity!
No prior instruction or musical training is necessary.
Fee: $185* in advance; $250 day of.
For information call Village Heartbeat at 650-493-8046
EMAIL: info AT villageheartbeat DOT com
Wear comfortable clothes. You may want to bring water and a blanketor yoga mat for lying on the floor.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
If you are considering presenting a lecture or a performance at the 2006 INAFA Conference in Northern California (hosted by the Northern California Flute Circle), then you need to get your requests into Kathleen Joyce soon. The INAFA website lists the performers and lecturers who have already been accepted.
You can send your proposal to:
3351 Mintonville Point Drive
Suffolk, VA 23435
You can email Kathleen at: inafa AT aol DOT com
Saturday, January 14, 2006
The complete schedule is online. Most of the events take place at St. Josephs Cultural Center (where my Taiko group: Grass Valley Taiko just happens to have our dojo). This is a rare opportunity, it's not clear when/if the monks will be in our area again.
I am looking forward to viewing the Sand Mandala which will be open for viewing daily 10 AM - 4 PM starting on Sunday 1/15. On Friday 1/27, 7 PM there will be an explaination of the Sand Mandala.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Put the flute to your mouth. Cover the top three notes of the flute, and blow a long steady note. Next, try saying “Tu” into the flute. Experiment with short and long notes: Say “Tu”. Next try a long one: “Tuuuuuuuuu”. Blow a note without tonguing - can you hear the difference in the attack? Practice the scale with the basic tonguing technique, until you can achieve it consistently on each note on the flute.
Try a basic scale while double-tonguing the beginning of each note.
Try the basic scale will triple-tonguing the beginning of each note.
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Thursday, January 12, 2006
From the Wild and Scenic website:
"Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest environmental film festival on the West Coast. The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.
It’s a festival for activists by activists. The event is organized and hosted by the South Yuba River Citizens League. For over 20 years this grassroots environmental organization has been bringing the community together around the protection of the Yuba Watershed.
At the festival, you’ll LEARN new ideas from a selection of inspiring environmental films with hardhitting topics including bioengineering, water issues, wilderness preservation, citizen activism, and more. You’ll EXPERIENCE the adrenalin of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks, and trekking across the globe with adventure films around the world. You’ll EXPLORE the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers, and celebrities. And you’ll CELEBRATE the natural and wild world with 5+ venues of films and workshops, children's Saturday morning cartoons, art shows, wine tastings VIP parties, and a champagne breakfast and awards ceremony.
All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind on the West Coast and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, NEVADA CITY, California.
To visualize how your tongue controls the airflow through your mouth as you speak, say the words: “Tu” or “Du” or “Ku”. Put you hand in front of your mouth, do you feel the air stopping briefly and then continuing as you say these words? Now say the word: “Tu-Tu” or “Tu-Tu-Tu”. Continue by trying to say “Tu” into your hand repeatedly as many times as you can in one breath.
NOTE: The most difficult note to blow with the tonguing technique is the lowest note on the flute (position 1, the fundamental note). This is because the fundamental note is most sensitive to overblowing (see Overblowing below). It is recommended that you initially try this technique on one of the notes higher on the flute (e.g. position4 with only the top three holes covered).
Controlling the Attack: A Soft Attack and a Hard Attack
The key to controlling the attack is in understanding what happens at the start of the abrupt airflow stoppage by your tongue while saying “Tu” or “Du”. The word “Du” is an example of a softer attack, while the word “Tu” is an example of a harder attack. You can verify this by saying “Du” alternatively with “Tu” into your hand held in front of your mouth. Try it into your flute. Do you hear the difference between “Tu” and “Du”?
Double-Tonguing is simply a technique where you quickly say “Tu-Tu”, “Du-Du”, or “Tu-Du” into your flute. In reality this produces a quick succession of two notes. Don’t forget that you can sustain the second note for a longer period of time.
Triple-Tonguing extends the idea of several quick notes, and is performed by saying “Tu-Tu-Tu”, “Du-Du-Du” or “Tu-Ku-Du” into the flute.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Gentle Thunder Trio at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz CA
8PM Friday January 27 2006
Gentle Thunder Trio at College of Siskiyous Theater, Mt. Shasta CA
4PM Sunday January 29 2006
"The new phone software prevents you from playing MP3s on the phone as a result of an agreement Verizon Wireless made with Microsoft, the latter of whom stipulated that if the Verizon Wireless music store was gonna fly at all, MS wanted to make sure that phones using it could only play back Microsoft's audio format.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
A passed this to me, and I am passing the invitation on to you...
An evening to celebrate LOVE, PEACE, TRUST & FRIENDSHIP ON Sat, 14th January 2006, 4 pm - 8 pm AT Unity Palo Alto Community Church 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306-304
Email: communityoutreach_aol AT yahoo DOT com
What is Goodwill Marathon??The Goodwill Marathon is an attempt to invoke a beautiful vision of thefuture.A vision encompassing the year 2006 as the track and the Good wills &Blessings from thousands of heart the runners on this track, blessing every moment in the future with its presence, filling it with Love, Peace & Prosperity. Goodwill Marathon is an evening to remember OUR strengths as Human Beings. Goodwill Marathon is an evening to HUG a stranger and make thou a friend. NOTE: Goodwill Marathon doesn't require you to physically walk or run on atrack.
!!! EMBRACE THE YEAR 2006 WITH PEACE & LOVE !!!! Imagine the power of thousands of HEART coming together in GOODWILL. BE A PART OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PHENOMENON!!
Need for Goodwill Marathon?? The whole world belongs to you. But man identifies himself with hisprofession, religion, culture, nationality, language, region or sex and, maybe, as a human being. In a society plagued with stress andviolence, weneed to globalize wisdom. Goodwill Marathon is a stepping stone towards globalizing wisdom and fostering human values in society. GoodwillMarathonaims to encourage the practice of human values in everyday life andbringfocus on the innate dignity of human life.- Respect and consideration for the "other"- To care for and preserve Planet Earth- Importance of integrity and service- Attitude of non-violence- Individual and collective quest for peace and happiness
FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
4:00 - 6:30 pm Musical Blessings around the world
- Fontain's M.U.S.E. : A quote from Half Moon Bay Review, CURRENTS magazine: ". setting magic to a world beat is Fontain'sM.U.S.E. playing original music to warm up the audience and improvisational segments throughout the show. A must see event ."
- EDDIE GALE's will mesmerize you with hisJazz.
- Meenakshi Srinivasan singing Maithreem Bhajatha (O World! Cultivate peace) in Sanskrit
- Ashwani Dhall & group singing Shabad to invoke the infinite Divine qualities of peace, love, trust, compassion, happiness in the Year 2006.
- Johanna Chu & group singing Tibetan Chant Om Mani Padme Hum, invoking the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of compassion
6:30 pm CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACER emember our strengths as Humans
7:30 pm MEDITATION FOR WORLD PEACE Goodwill Marathon
If you wish to raise pledges for the Goodwill Marathon, please use the pledge form & talk to your friends, neighbours, colleagues. All proceeds go towards the One World Family Fund. The One WorldFamily Fund is an international Silver Jubilee initiative to establish a consolidated fund which will be used to support the Art of Living Foundation's (AOLF) educational programs, humanitarian services and social programs worldwide. Such a Fund will enable the Foundation to develop long term strategies and initiatives which will help extend its reach into the world community.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Our friends, Elysium Calling have done a lot on a shoe string budget. I've watched their work emerge. From the beginning, they set up and used their website as a crucial online place to drive fans. They also use word of mouth within the NCFC, which is an example of 'viral marketing'. The final thing is the hard work of gigging every weekend and having CD's for sale.
I've also noticed the lack of good Native American Flute music on iTunes. I have asked some of the major NAF recording artists why they aren't selling their music on iTunes. One response that I got was: "iTunes isn't hitting the market that buys my music...". WHAT? First of all, iPod/iTunes has more than a 70% market share of the digital music market. Secondly, in my view, there is a market on iTunes, because 1) there aren't very many NAF artists listing their music (the market is unsaturated) 2) a large percentage of iTunes users who are 30 and 40 somethings (like me) who aren't buying HipHop or Pop music, which means that they are looking for alternatives.
For more information
Bob Baker now publishes a blog and a podcast Buzzfactor with some excellent tidbits of information about marketing your music. Bob's New Years Eve post lists his top 10 music blog posts for 2005.
Bob is the author of the book Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook which is a great handbook of 'do it yourself' marketing tips for emerging artists.
David Hooper also has a has a blog on music promotion with some good information.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
"To affirm Newe (Western Shoshone) jurisdiction over Newe Sogobia (Western Shoshone homelands) by protecting, preserving, and restoring Newe rights and lands for present and future generations based on cultural and spiritual traditions.
You can participate by signing a patition to the UN which requests the US Government to stop their violations against the tribe and the tribal lands.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Sat Apr 29, 08:00 PM 2006 (US/Pacific)
Today's pre-eminent classical tabla (a pair of single-headed tuned kettle drums) maestro, and a chief architect of the world music movement, Zakir Hussain has made unprecedented strides in bringing his instrument to a global audience. He is widely considered an international phenomenon, and his consistently brilliant performances have established him as one of India's most renowned cultural ambassadors. Masters of Percussion is an outgrowth of Hussain's memorable tours with his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha. The group has enjoyed successful tours in the West since 1996, with concerts featuring a thrilling display of drumming from both Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) classical traditions.