Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tonbak & Daf Classes in the bay area!

Private weekly Persian Percussion (Tonbak+Daf) classes will be beginning next week in the South Bay (Santa Clara).

Lessons are $20 per session\hr. Taught by Shirzad Sharif using the Ostad Bahman Rajabi school of Tonbak techniques and thought....

eMail shirzad AT shirzadsharif DOT com to RSVP.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Pictures from Taiko Camp 2006 posted

I just posted some pictures from Taiko Camp 2006, hosted by Grass Valley Taiko Dojo (where I am a member). This event took place on the weekend of Sept 22-24, 2006 and featured instruction from Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), Kenny Endo, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Nosuke Akiyama, Russel Baba & Jeanne Mercer. It was a great weekend, full of instruction and great music. I look forward to 2008, when Grass Valley Taiko will again host the Taiko Camp for the 40th anniversary of Taiko in North America.

Here's the link to the web album:

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Flute Sale at Stellar Flutes!!!

I just got a message from Tom Stellar that they are planning a one day sale early new month (November). If you're not familiar with Stellar Flutes, then you're missing out on one of the premier flute makers. This may be a chance to own a Stellar flute at significant savings. Here's the contents of the message:

"Hello Flute Lovers,
In early November Stellar Flutes is having a one day super sale. Selected Standard and Drone flutes will be offered at significant savings. Sale flutes will be pictured on our website, with pictures uploaded the morning of the sale. To spice things up we are raffling a flute. Each flute purchase equals one raffle ticket. All tickets will be put into a hat and at the end of the sale and one name will be drawn.

Because savings will be substantial we will not be accepting Kokopelli Bucks. We also won’t reserve or set aside flutes in advance of the sale. Everyone will be on equal footing the morning of the sale. If you would like to be notified of this upcoming event please email us at
support@stellarflutes.com and we will add your name to our contact list. In about a week the date and time of the sale will be announced on our website www.stellarflutes.com and via email for those who wish to be contacted. We hope to hear from you.

Mary Youngblood in Concert Nov 11th

Mary Youngblood will be one of the featured performers of the 2006 Sacremento State Music Departments Festival of New American Music.

I read the article in the Sacramento Bee's Ticket's + section this morning. This years festival takes place from Nov 2nd through the 12th at various locations on the Sacramento State campus. It's free, except for the concert on the 12th, which means this is one awesome opportunity to see Mary Youngblood free!!

What: Mary Youngblood in concert
Where: Cal State Sacramento
When: 3 PM, November 11th
Tickets: Free
Information: 916.278.5155
Web: http://www.csus.edu/music/fenam/index.htm

No Native American Flute Class this week...

October 31st will be the 5th Tuesday of the month, and we're only holding the classes on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. So there will not be a class this week.

Class will resume next week on Tuesday Nov 7th, 5:30 PM - 7 PM, followed by the Gentle Jam at Maxi's house in Palo Alto. For directions, check out the NCFC calendar.

Friday, October 27, 2006

News from Will Clipman

I just heard from Will Clipman that he released seven new records this last year and that these records h no fewer than ten entries on this year's GRAMMY Nominating Ballot Entry List:

Record of the Year
Red Painted Faces: Ananeah
Big Sky Sunrise: Gentle Thunder with Will Clipman & AmoChip Dabney

Album of the Year
Ananeah: Ananeah
Beyond Words: Gentle Thunder with Will Clipman & AmoChip Dabney

Best New Artist
Gentle Thunder

Best New Age Album
Ananeah: Ananeah
Beyond Words: Gentle Thunder with Will Clipman & AmoChip Dabney

Best Native American Music Album
Heart of the Wind: Robert Tree Cody & Will Clipman
My Heart & Soul: Randy Wood & Will Clipman

More information about the GRAMMY Nominating process, or about joining NARAS, can be found at http://www.grammy.com/.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Playing From the Heart

Prop's to Scott August for an excellent series of posts on his website about playing from the heart. Scott has put together a class which he just presented at the Zion Flute Festival. The posts include content from his class. To check it out, follow these links:

Playing from the Heart Part 1
Playing from the Heart Part 2

While you're there, be sure to check out Scott's music, he's one of the best composers (still) living on the planet (in my honest opinion)...

Also, be sure to read Scott's Blog.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Knot resource

This post is completely unmusical related, but it's totaly awesome resource for those of you who need to tie a knot. The website is called Animated Knots, and it shows simple video animations of how to tie different types of knots.

International Taiko Festival, Nov 18, 2006

I wanted to get the word out about an awesome upcoming Taiko event in the bay area. If you see only one live show this year, this has got to be it. You will not be disappointed by this event, featuring some of the best taiko performances on the west coast.
Here are pictures from the 2003 event.

International Taiko Festival
When: Saturday November 18, 2006 7:00pm
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley


Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & the San Francisco Taiko Dojo
Sacramento Taiko Dan

Special Guests:

  • Pak Poe Traditional Korean Music

  • Koji Nakamura Shumei Taiko
    with Akemi Iwase & James Hoskins

Special Guests from Japan

  • Kiyonari Tosha Tsuzumi Master

  • Hiro Asanuma Hachijo Taiko

$46.00, $38.00 & 32.00
Discounts available
Cal Performances 510-642-9988

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Elysium Calling in Concert this weekend

Another great opportunity to hear some great music this weekend, if you happen to be close to Sonora, then check our good friends Garth and Kenneth of Elysium Calling in concert:

Come on out this Friday night for a great acoustic set of music with Elysium Calling and the guest guitarist Vincent Zorn of Last Caravan. GREAT FOOD....GREAT MUSIC!! Meet you at the Old Stan in downtown Sonora at 7:00pm

For more detail check out the Elysium Calling Website.

Also, Elysium Calling is hosting Last Caravan on Saturday night:

Last Caravan plays "Original American Gypsy Music" which is a rockin blend of Flamenco, Jazz, Middle Eastern, Soul, and Reggae music....but mostly it just makes you want to get out there and shakeyour groove thing!!

For all you Alma Melodiosa fans out there, Nicholas Lefler will be cuttin' it up with us on percussion. Sky Kaufman the premier electric guitar player of Tuolumne County will also be joining us...we go way back!!

**Performing Saturday October 28th!!!! at the Water Wheel Saloon at8:30 pm

**Located in Columbia at 22265 Parrots Ferry Rd (used to be the Gold Mine Winery)

Belly Dancers in costume are invited in free of charge!!
Costumes are welcome!!

Upcoming Bay Clan Flute Circle

There is also a flute circle happening in the Bay Area this weekend:

EVENT: October Bay Clan Flute Circleand Halloween Flute Costume Parade
DATE: Sunday, October 29th, 2006
TIME: 3 to 5 pm
LOCATION: San Jose (Please contact Frankie Sierra for details)
HOSTS: Martin Belef and Cheryl Valdin
ORGANIZER: Frankie Sierra 1-408-242-6464, f dot sierra at comcast dot net

3:00 PM: Flute costume showcase and open mic.
4:00 PM: BBQ, or Potluck if rainy, plus more fluting

1. Flute costume showcase (be creative and dressup a flute with a favorite theme of yours).Got a favorite tune? Dress up your flute with the theme of that tune! Or do you have a favorite show, or character? Then this is a good opportunity to learn a new tune to play with your flute in costume.

WHAT TO BRING: At least one flute in costume (no need for player to dress up unless you really want to). Plan to bring some side dish for the BBQ, if it looks like it may rain the we switch to Potluck instead and bring some dish to share.

Holiday season approaching. Last year we performed some caroling at the Children's hospital. It is time to start thinking asimilar activity for this year.

Contact Frankie for directions.

Upcoming Loping Wolf Drum and Flute Circle

Just got the info on the upcoming Drum and Flute Circles from Dan DiCicco:

Once again, the combined Drum and Flute Circles will be October 29 at The Bear River Campground just west of Colfax California, Planet Earth, 11:00 AM until the cows come home.


"Everything but the kitchen sink", and Drums, Flutes, Rattles, Stories, drinks (stay sober), blankets for the ground, folding tables, chairs and FOOD to share (Actually, almost EVERYTHING ends up being shared....)

Also, bring EVERYBODY you can muster - Elders, Stan Padilla, Mary Youngblood, Aunts, Uncles, Parents, Kids, ANYBODY! Feel free to pass this information on to all beings....

We will have some flutes you can use (or buy) and some T-shirts you can buy. (As of "press time", it does not look like JP Gomez's 2nd order of "A" flutes will be here, but we can always "put it out there", and it just may happen. One of our stories may include how we "put it out there" last Saturday, with startling results....)

WEATHER ? The campground is outside, so dress appropriately. (If the weather is really rotten, there are these GREAT concrete toilet rooms....)

[ ] From Auburn CA, take I-80 East toward Colfax about 14 miles.
[ ] Take the CANYON WAY exit - EXIT 133. (If you hit Colfax proper and the Hwy 174 turnoff, you went too far.)
[ ] Turn LEFT onto CANYON WAY, and go less than .1 mile to "ILLINOISTOWN ROAD"? (That's what Mapquest says, but it's the road that turns left up back over the freeway.)
[ ] On the other side of the freeway, turn LEFT onto PLACER HILLS ROAD (or S. Auburn Street?)
[ ] Keep going PAST the Westbound Freeway o nramp, (do NOT take it, unless you want to go back to Auburn) and continue on along a slightly winding road for a little over a half mile and cross under the railroad tracks through a ridiculously narrow and short tunnel.
[ ] Just through the sorry excuse for a tunnel, turn LEFT to stay on PLACER HILLS ROAD and go about .7 mile.

[ ] You will come along to parallel the railroad tracks on your left, and a sign that says "Bear River Campground" that points down PLUMTREE ROAD. If you hit Cedar Valley Road or Mount Hood Road while you are still on Placer Hills Road, you went too far.
[ ] OK, traveling down Plumtree Road and/or Campground Road, after about 1.3 miles, you will come to the picnic grounds on your left. We will be another .3 mile at the camping part, also on your left. LOOK FOR THE LOPING WOLF BANNER.

If you get lost, call Dan on his cell (see below). He will not know where you are, but you will be able to hear us....

Now, you can Google a map for yourself, or go to Mapquest for a STUPID list of everything BUT Bear River Campground near Colfax CA. Dan had to settle for "Bear River Canal: Colfax CA US, which will get you very very near the campground.

Let Dan & Sherree know if you want a ride, and they will try to hook you up with somebody. Contact: -Dan & Sheree DiCicco of Loping Wolf Clan
(530) 613-4197 cell

Monday, October 23, 2006

Ash Dargan in Concert in Marin TONIGHT

Just a reminder:

Monday, October 23rd
San Francisco,
Mill Valley
The Rock Morton Theater
8:00p.m., tickets available at the door arrive 45 minutes BEFORE!!!
142 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley, CA
Box Office: Tue-Sat, 1-6pm
PH: 415-383-9600 or
Online at: www.142throckmortontheater.com

"...a superb blend of two of the worlds oldest wind instruments, the Native American flute, and the Australian didgeridoo... Ash is a bridge between the entire world music sound of this century and what is happening here in Indigenous Australia. Ash as a composer has an ear for what we all want to hear."-- Gavin Jones, Editor of Deadly Vibe. Australia's national indigenous magazine

ASH DARGAN, an Australian indigenous recording artist world renowned for his mastery on the Didgeridoo has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary world music for the last eight years. His distinct blend of Australian indigenous and contemporary world music captures the essence of one of the oldest cultures on earth and with it transcends the boundaries of time. His music has been described as the soul of the Australian Dreamtime landscape with a timeless quality reflecting a deep connection and reverence for the spiritual wisdom of his ancestry.A family member of the Larrakia Nation, the traditional land owners of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, Ash is an ambassador of his culture through his music, storytelling and live performances. Ash was classically trained in music from the age of eight on trumpet and came back to his cultural roots at the age of twenty two. His grandmother and great uncle, both traditional elders of the Larrakia people were instrumental in his musical adoption of the Didgeridoo and its deeper cultural significance. Through them he came to know of the Didgeridoo's unlimited potential for the expression of rhythm and its ability to represent the power of the natural and spiritual worlds. The vocal harmonies used in traditional corroboree's (ceremonies) and the natural voice of Australia's native song birds have also had a great influence on his musical compositions.
For Bookings Events
Nancy Hansen Zuschlag
Green Triangle International
Aurora, CO 80013 USA
303.766.0184 Fax: 303.699.1538, #223
GTI: Partnering Communities and Cultures

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ash Dargan in Concert Sunday and Monday

Don't forget that Ash Dargan is in concert in Northern California tonight and tomorrow.

Tonight (Sunday) Ash is appearing in Napa. He's also presenting a beginners didj workshop this afternoon, and there's still room for more! For details, check out the NCFC calendar.

Monday night, Ash is appearing in Marin at the Rock Morton theater.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Beginning Native American Flute Class, Tuesdays, Palo Alto

Just a reminder that I continue to teach a beginning Native American Flute Class on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in Palo Alto, from 5:30 PM - 7 PM. Cost is $15 for drop in or $60 for a series of 6 classes.

We are nearing the end of the first 6 week session, and I haven't determined if we're going to reset the class back to the beginning or continue to grow the current students. I'll be asking students for their opinion on this at tomorrow evenings class. Regardless, anyone is invited to drop in for an evening.

Didj Workshop with Ash Dargan

I really want to encourage you to attend the didj workshop with Ash Dargan, coming up next Sunday afternoon. Especially if you have never played the didj before.

I first discovered the didj 2 years before I discovered the Native American flute. I made my first several didj's out of plastic PVC pipe, which is an affordable way to play. But once I discovered the flute, i found myself playing the didj less and less. That is until earlier this year, when I decided to purchase a brand new Ben Hicks didj from the Didjeridoo Store and I took a private lesson with Ash during the INAFA convention. WOW! In that one hour, Ash provided me with some tips and tricks for circular breathing and I am now 'over the edge' with my circular breathing. I have been performing on didj for one song with my Taiko Drumming group since two weeks after I returned from the INAFA convention in August, and I have played it at 4 performances since then.

So the bottom line is this: if you have the time and the interest, I highly encourage you to check out this workshop with Ash, it's a rare opportunity to learn from a true aboriginal and highly skilled and personable teacher.

For more information check out the NCFC Calendar.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ash Dargan in Concert

There are two opportunities to see Ash Dargan in concert this coming week. This is Ash's first apprearance in Northern California since his appearance at the INAFA convention. Ash is an aboriginal didj player from Australian and he is an incredible showman and story teller. I think that Ash is one of the best story tellers that I heard in concert. He mixes his stories with didj playing.

The events on October 22 are hosting by the Valley Clan of the NCFC. If you can only make one of the two events, I highly encourage you to attend the Napa event, and support the Valley Clan!!

SUNDAY, October 22
Northern California Flute Circle (NCFC)
DIDGERIDOO/Ethnic, $50
DIdj WORKSHOP 2 - 4 p.m.
NCFC Clan c/o 220 Jefferson, Napa, CA 94559
Info & Registration at PH: 707-253-1325, or online: www.naflute.com

SUNDAY, October 22
Northern California Flute Circle (NCFC) presents: STORIES OF WIND, a live concert performance
7:30 p.m.Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living
1249 Coombs,Napa, CA 94559
--Proceeds/Auction help to benefit "River School Music Program"
--For Concert tickets- PH: 707-253-1325, or send $25 check payable to:
"NCFC" c/o 220 Jefferson, Napa, CA 92559
online: www.naflute.com

Monday, October 23rd
San Francisco, Mill Valley The Rock Morton Theater
142 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Box Office:
Tue-Sat, 1-6pm
PH: 415-383-9600 or
Online at: www.throckmortontheater.com

Mary Youngblood in Concert, Oct 20th

Just a reminder that Mary Youngblood will be in concert on Friday Night, October 2oth, 8 PM in the First-Nations Women show. This event features: Rita Coolidge, Mary Youngblood, & Joanne Shenandoah. The show is at the Mondava Center at UC Davis, it's only a hour and half drive from the south bay. For more info and to order tickets follow this link: http://www.mondavicenter.com/events/event.cfm?event_id=281

Also, I hear that Dan Dicicco (Loping Wolf Clan) has a few extra tickets. So if you'd like to sit with some other fluties, contact Dan: flutecircle@lopingwolf.com

Friday, October 13, 2006

What Happens to the planets if Humans dissappeared?

Interesting article on TreeHugger about how long it'll take to erase the impact of humans on the planet if we all disappeared tomorrow.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Ash Dargan Concert in Napa

We are less than two weeks away from hosting Ash Dargan in concert in Napa! This event is sponsored by the Northern California Flute Circle and hosted by the NCFC Valley Clan.
Ash Dargan played at the 2006 INAFA convention, and when he said he was interested in coming back to Northern California, we wanted to setup an event for him. If you've ever wanted to learn to play the Didjeridoo, this is your chance! Ash is teaching a an afternoon workshop in Napa on Sunday October 22nd, from 2-4PM. Cost is $25. If you've never played before, loaner didj's will be available at the workshop.
For more info on the workshop contact Brian Revheim at 707-253-1325.
In the evening of Sunday, October 22nd, Ash will be presenting his "Stories of the Wind" program at the Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living, in Napa. If you missed Ash at the INAFA convention (or even if you had the chance to see him) this is your chance to hear one of the best (in my opinion) Aboriginal story tellers. Ash will have you enthralled, laughing and amazed as he tells stories from the outback. It's an evening not to be missed.
The concert starts at 7:30 PM, cost is $25 per ticket. A portion of the profits will go to the River School Music program.
This event is a fundraising event to buy music equipment for the River School Music Program. We will be having an auction during the event, and all proceeds from the auction will go to the school.
For more information here's a link with complete details: http://www.naflute.com/Concert-flyer-pspcolorNapa2.jpg