And once again they are full of surprises!
Touring Australia since March on their ‘Beyond Karma’ Tour, the current group of six monks is wowing audiences everywhere with their smooth deep harmonic chant. They’ve been very busy too, appearing at WOMAD in SA, Easter week in Dromana, Victoria, the Happiness Conference and programs in Bondi in Sydney, the Waterfront Pavilion in Hobart, and at beautiful Bellingen and the Splendour in the Grass Music Festival in Byron Bay.
That’s not all! In between, they popped over to the UK to perform at the Glastonbury Festival, chant from the top of the 300 metre high Shard building in central London, run a public program at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts, as well as chanting performances from Ballachulish in the Scottish Highlands to Islington in London.
Possibly the most emotional encounter was their return to the village of Ballater – the Queen’s village next to Balmoral Castle. The pipeband had welcomed the monks in 2013 but the village suffered dreadful floods at New Year 2015 so the monks determined to return to offer their prayers for recovery. Once again, the pipers turned out and with tears in their eyes thanked the monks for being there.
But what they will be doing before they arrive in the west relates to the exciting concert offerings in Fremantle.
A stint at the Brisbane Conservatorium and the Tyalgum Classical Music Festival in NSW sees them in a new collaboration with sacred music composer and musician Kim Cunio and soprano Heather Lee who are both coming to Freo for the concert with the monks! In fact, New Earth Records in the US has just launched the ‘Beyond Karma’ CD – it's a blend of cultures all aiming for the transcendent, the pure sound of selflessness. The mix of the monks’ deep harmonics – the lowest voices on the planet – with Heather’s high soprano takes the listener to that very place.
Once again to the delight of local communities, the monks’ daily programs will include that wonderful half hour every morning at 10am when people can sit calming their minds and/or meditating on creating a better, more peaceful environment while the monks chant. There will also be the famous ‘Culture for Kids’ class where kids of all ages get to interact with the monks creating craftworks with a Tibetan cultural theme – it’s fun and also inspiring (as you can see from the yak picture), lunchtime meditation sessions, public talks, and personal pujas (a one-on-one opportunity to sit with a chanting monk while he focuses on your special request). The list goes on of the many myriad ways the community can spend time in a happy, judgement-free atmosphere feeling that rare human affection we all crave and sadly often miss out on. A rattling good news story.
WHERE AND WHEN: Fremantle Town Hall October 10-23
Toodyay Shire Hall October 24-30
Dunsborough at Clancys November 4-6
Maureen Fallon: Gyuto House Australia
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