Saturday, July 21, 2007
Brian has moved to a new home and is hosting the Valley Clan flute circle this month.
When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 3-5 PM
Where: Brian's house in Napa
For directions: Email Lynn Peck or Brian Revheim
Lynn's email: valleyclan AT naflute DOT com
Brian's email: b.v.revheim AT sbcglobal DOT net
What: West Coast PowWow Cruise with Mary Youngblood
When: September 22-27, 2007 [Fixed the date...]
Cost: From $429 per personFor more information:
Contact: Dave UnderwoodPhone: 877-369-2232
Email: david AT powwowcruise DOT com
Earlier blog posting: http://naflute.blogspot.com/2007/06/flute-gathering-on-high-seas-with-mary.html
Thursday, July 19, 2007
You are invited to experience the remarkable sound and spirit of the Hang, a new instrument out of Switzerland that is in resonance with the world . . . . played by the the best of the bay area. This event is a Benefit for the Green Music Network and its Cave Concert Series . . . . . .
- Alan Tower - multi-instrumentalist & composer
- Gary Muzynski - master rhythmist and music facilitator
- Ananda Lahri Sarasvati - Italian mutli-instrumentalist & producer
- Matt Venuti - multi-instrumentalist leader of the Venusians
When: Saturday August 18th
Time: 7:30pm doors open 7:00pm
Cost: Donation of 15.00 - 20.00 (split between the artists and GMN)
Where: John & Deena Coveney's place
2303 Grant St Berkeley, CA 94703
Beautiful indoor space and large outdoor nature courtyard.
Register: Send email to: gmnconcert818 AT speakeasy DOT net
Include the number of people attending. You will receive back all the details for the evening. Register early if possible.
Food: Sharing food with each other fosters community. Bring something from a favorite culture for just 2 people or more and a small card identifying the food or dish name and which part of the world it comes from. e.g. Black Quinoa - South America
Learn more about the Green Music Network here: http://www.greenmusicnetwork.org/vision/GMNgrantcore9_.pdf
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Jeff's website: http://www.jeffball.net/
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
One of the serendipidous side trips on our Utah adventure was on the road from Moab to Salt Lake City, as we drove through the town of Price, UT. It was about 3 hours into the trip that day, when we hit Price and saw the billboard advertising the "Prehistoric Museum" at the College of Eastern Utah (CEU). Well the kids were ready for a break so we stopped.
But the dinosaur bones aren't the story here, I walked in and was blown away to find an exhibit highlighting the recent discovery of a 200 year old Native American Flute which was found in the southwest. WOW. I posted about this discovery in an earlier post this year, but I hadn't planned this into our trip...
Below are some pictures of the exhibit. They don't have the actual flute on display, but a replica was produced to show what the flute might have looked like. The actual artifact is in a couple pieces, so it will never be playable. CEU has the curator rights to the flute, although the research is being done by a group in Moab.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
After the photo session with Landscape arch, I hiked up to Wall Arch and then on to Navajo Arch (all in the Devils Playground) to capture them on film. On my way back out of the park, I stopped to take a photo of the Petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch. These Petroglyphs depict men on horseback alon with what appears to be a dog or wolf and long horn sheep. These petroglyphs on on the trail to Delicate Arch, but they are only a few hundred yards from the parking lot, so you can easily view them without a long hike.
I think that my favorite arch in the whole park has to be Delicate Arch, as cliche as that may be (given that Delicate Arch is an icon for the whole state of Utah). Delicate Arch (seen in the picture below) is just spectacular for a couple of reasons:
- It's not an easy hike to see it. (Definitely DON'T do this hike starting in the afternoon if it's a hot day, there is little to no shade on the 1.5 mile hike)
- It stands in the middle of a huge slickrock ampitheater
- It really looks precarious, like it's ready to fall at any moment.
I took out my flute and played a song or two in tribute to this wonderful place. The sound in the ampitheater surrounding Delicate Arch is great. (Hint: nothing shuts up a group of loud German tourists like a Native American Flute being played live...)
Monday, July 09, 2007
In the middle of Utah, just off of Highway 12, before it joins Highway 24 (near Torrey UT and Capitol Reef National Park) I was drawn like a moth to this HUGE Native American Flute outside of The Flute Store run by Vance and Elaine Morrell.
They are fortunate to have a great location, right on highway 12. We stopped and checked out the store, and I chatted with Elaine for a long time. Vance keeps his flute workshop right on the property and the store was stocked with Vance's flutes (as well as a few other makers). The store also has a lot of other souvenirs. Turns out that their biggest business isn't the drive by tourists, but rather the wholesale business. They sell a really inexpensive, entry level flute. You can even buy it unfinished (complete, but without finish). This would be a great option for a flute workshop or class with a boy or girl scout troop, camp, kids class. I don't have their wholesale pricelist yet, but Elaine assured me that they can deliver their entry level flutes, in volume purchase, for less than $20 each. So if you are looking for an inexpensive solution for an upcoming workshop you are presenting, I encourage you to contact Elaine and Vance.
Of course, they also make highend flutes and Elaine is a wonderful woodburn artist (although you won't find this service published on the pricelist, so you need to ask Elaine personally to woodburn a flute for you...)
Here's their contact info:
The Flute Store
Vance & Elaine Morrill
E: vancem AT scinternet DOT net
Sunday, July 08, 2007
My memories of Bryce Canyon are pretty significant, even though we were only there for two days and a night. We happened to be at Bryce on the evening in which they present the "Dark Skies" ranger program - one reason to ALWAYS check in at the visitor's center of the park when you arrive. The Dark Skies program was a one hour presentation on the growing light pollution on the planet. It turns out that southern Utah is one of the few remaining "Dark Sky" area's in the US (even though the lights from Vegas were visible on the horizon). After the presentation, the visitors convened at the Visitor Center, where 4 telescopes were setup. The rangers turned off all of the lights in the Visitor Center parking lot to make it as dark as possible. We then had the chance to view the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn (all four were in the sky that evening...). Wow!
The next morning, I got up extra early for a photo session at Bryce as the sun came up. It was incredible, definitely one of my favorite mornings of the trip. I strongly encourage you to not miss the sunrise at Bryce the next time you're there. I took several rolls of film but I haven't developed them yet. I can't wait to see the results. I did take the one picture below on my digital camera...
After the sunrise photo session, I hiked down the Navajo trail to Wall Street, a narrow slot canyon in the middle of Bryce. Due to a rock fall earlier this spring, half of Wall Street was closed, but I sat down at the bottom of Wall Street, took out my flute and played for a long time. It was really fun to see the reaction of folks who had hiked behind me as the arrived at the canyon bottom to discover the source of the music.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
You can also view some of the vessel flutes for sale on Xaviers website: http://www.yxayotl.com/flute.html
Friday, July 06, 2007
At the last workshop, folks made both ocarina's and clay flutes. Xavier is a master craftsman and loves to share this craft. I don't think that I have ever met a more humble man than Xavier, you will leave this event with memories for a lifetime.
Because of the nature of working with clay and crafting the instruments, this will be a two-day event. RSVP early and get that vacation request in! While Xavier is in town, we'll also host him for a concert in Palo Alto on the evening of September 28th. If you are unable to attend the workshop, be sure to attend the concert. You won't be disappointed.
What: Two-Day Clay flute making workshop
When: Sept 29th & 30th
Where: Site in San Jose (RSVP for exact details)
Cost: $300, deposit of $200 by Aug. 10th.
To RSVP, contact Dave Loo at: ravenloo AT comcast DOT net
or call: 415-810-2169
What: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl in concert
When: Sept 28, 7:30
Where: Unity church in Palo Alto
Address: 3391 Middlefield road, Palo Alto
This is your opportunity to join Mary, the Loping Wolf Clan and the rest of the Northern California Flute Circle for what's becoming an annual event.
When: Saturday, August 11
Details: Check the Loping Wolf website for the latest.
RSVP: To RSVP, send an email to: lopingwolf @ naflute DOT com
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
We stayed at Zion for four nights, using this as a base camp to explore Zion National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
There is so much to see in Zion, lot's of awesome hikes, including the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, we chose not to do the Narrows hike (nor Angels Landing) on this trip, it'll have to wait for a future adventure.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Tim plans to premiere the film in Guadalupe, California this fall (exact dates TBA). If you have a story from this years event which you would like to share with Tim, I encourage you to contact him.
A trailer and more information about the movie can be found at: http://www.zionjourney.com
You can reach Tim at: tromero AT theflutecircle DOT com