A unique new show with focus on प्राण (prāṇa, life breath) is coming up with Gusty Winds May Exist (duo of multi-windist/synthesist Tom Bickley & shakuhachi maestra Nancy Beckman) & fellow TYG-er David Samas.
Come 8:00-10:00, 02 Dec for a very special house concert at Turquoise Yantra Grotto (see below for venue). Candlelit tea service in inner courtyard at 7:30pm and again during intermission. (Note: we’ve changed the time to make the show easier to attend from the East Bay).
We’ll take some of the centuries-old standards of the ancient Japanese 尺八本曲 (Shakuhachi Honkyoku) repertoire as a point of departure for a deep-listening, gently modernist exploration of breath/sound-space and mysterious beauty, including other “Aeolian” elements such as throat/overtone singing, plainchant, bird song, the EWI wind synthesizer, and silence.
TYG-Host David Samas will introduce both sets with short pieces based on the techniques of Хөөмей (Tuvan throat/overtone singing), Inuit vocal competitions, birdsong, etc.
In set 1, David S. & I will join forces with our guests, combining throat singing, gamelan piano, zen carillon, percussion and other instruments in various breath-phrased pieces.
Set 2 will be Gusty Winds May Exist (a husband and wife team of shakuhachist Nancy Beckman & multi-windist/synthesist Tom Bickley) formed at the 1999 Deep Listening Retreat led by Pauline Oliveros. Their initial focus on sonic connections between shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and recorder has expanded to include compositional play with elements of meditative & ritual practice (for more info, see below).
From their recent Luggage Store appearance:
During the tea intermission I’ll play a raga from my recent album Turquoise Sessions (available at the show), and something by a local jazz composer such as Darren Johnston or Steve Adams.
Turquoise Yantra Grotto is a unique space near Glen Park in San Francisco offering, in addition to a normal piano, site-specific invented instruments like the gamelan piano and zen industrial carillon — a cozy laboratory to explore the world chamber music of the future in an unexpected dialog between global roots traditions and modernist music.
As usual, on hand will be a shamanic healer and a neo-tea practitioner (our hosts) to facilitate your listening experience.
Planning continues for Wayang Turquoise puppet opera accompanied by the gamelan piano in the new year.
A scene like nowhere else.
$12-$15 sliding scale. Due to limited seating, by advance reservation only.
To reserve, send me an email at email@example.com, and I’ll confirm and send location and details. (Please note in case of allergies: Birds are present in the venue).
Warmly hope to see you at this special show!
P.S. More info on Nancy Beckman, & Tom Bickley:
Nancy Beckman creates performance pieces, plays and teaches the shakuhachi and performs with the Cornelius Cardew Choir. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, a master’s in interarts from SFSU and ordination to teach shakuhachi from Myōan-ji (明暗寺, the famous “Temple of Light & Darkness” of shakuhachi history) in Kyoto.
Tom Bickley composes electro-acoustic music, plays and teaches recorder, performs with Three Trapped Tigers (with recorder players David Barnett and Judy Linsenberg), co-founded and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir, is a curator emeritus of the Meridian Gallery music series, and is on the Library Faculty (music, philosophy and political science) at CSU East Bay. His education includes degrees in music, theology, and library and information science and the Certificate in Deep Listening. Nancy and Tom live with their cat 大福 (Daifuku) in Berkeley.