Maestro Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, artist, author and meditation teacher whose haunting melodies captivated audiences worldwide in the almost 800 hundred free Peace Concerts he performed around the globe, all of them free of charge, in the belief that the inner peace and happiness he sought to convey through music was everyone’s birthright. He played at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House and also performed at Auditoriums, Universities and Schools, any places he thought maybe receptive to spiritual and peaceful music. “Music will play a most important role in bringing about world oneness,” Sri Chinmoy commented. “For music embodies the Universal Heart, the Oneness-Heart .” We are proud to continue that self-giving tradition by offering our Perth concert free of charge.
Music for the Inner Journey offers listeners the chance to be uplifted and enchanted with his compositions. He composed over 20,000 devotional songs during his lifetime and the concert features accomplished world musicians performing classical and contemporary arrangements of some of these songs. Together the performers have put together an evening that will create a richly diverse and inspirational experience.
Holland’s Vapushtara Jongepier began playing piano at age 6. He studied piano and jazz at a conservatory in the Netherlands and began performing the music of Sri Chinmoy in 1995. Vapushtara has orchestrated a number of major musical works of Sri Chinmoy as conductor of the international Gandharva Loka Orchestra.
Alap Jetzer is a Swiss award-winning multi-instrumentalist and new age musician who specialises in creating haunting melodies on duduk, an ancient Armenian double reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood.
Adarsha Kelly, from Glasgow Scotland, is an accomplished vocal performer who has sung in concerts around the world. An online website streaming his music has written: “Adarsha’s singing is something to be felt; it resonates in your entire being, until it reaches your heart’s core. Once there, it breaks open the door and moves you in your very depths.”
Monk Party is a father and son duo consisting of session musician Pragunya Myers-Daly and son Nelson. They have emerged as one of the best outfits of their world music genre around. NZ Musician Magazine has written: “It may be devotional, ancient, hauntingly Middle Eastern and involve (Indian) mantras, but ultimately it is timeless and true World music. Recommended if you’re trying to lead a better and calmer life.”
Monk Party uses a number of instruments darbuka, riq, frame drums, badhran, cajón, pennywhistle, nylon guitar, gongs, bansuri flute and Vocals. Pragunya has become an expert at the oud and it is heard in many of the songs. Nelson has been playing on world music instruments since he was four. “I was never pushed into to playing music but rather I learnt music like a language by always being around it and being absorbed in it,” he says. “Pragunya had a wide variety of types of music he played and listened to which has really helped colour my approach to creating art.”
They have performed in North America and Europe and collaborated with Krishna Das. Monk Party (and yes they are monks, practicing daily meditation to keep themselves in a creative flow),
Overall all the performers are offering music for meditation. Meditation Music is really helpful in helping to quieten the mind, still thoughts and experience meditation. The artists are touring throughout Australasia with the Perth concert on Thursday 14 November at 7pm at the Octagon Theatre of UWA. The concert is free so come along and be inspired with the uplifting sounds of the international guest musicians and be filled with inner peace. “Only soulful music gives wings to the heart,” says Sri Chinmoy. Reserve your tickets and hear samples of the performers at www.innermusic.org or phone 61614156 more registration also and more information.
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