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May 24
Memorial Weekend SUNDAY– NOON to 5:00 PM

CROSS CREEK ENTERTAINMENT, INC. - Presents - “Florida’s Blues Guitarman”, Riviera Bay resident, Hal Hammer, Jr., and The Cross Creek Blues Band, will perform their 9th Annual - FREE - Memorial Day Sunday Concert Afloat, at the sand bar in “P” Channel between Riviera Bay and Tampa Bay. Special Guest Artists will also be performing selected musical numbers for the entertainment and enjoyment of all who attend.

Back by popular demand, The Fabulous Ken Keller and Red Hawk! image007.jpg. . . with a Special 2 Hour Show!

The sand bar is located in “P” Channel, just across the channel from Tanglewood neighborhood (See Maps & Arial Photo)

Entertainment Lineup:
Michael McMagic 1.jpgimage010.jpgOpening the show . . . . The ever popular, local, singers, songwriters, and musical entertainers . . . . . Special Guest Recording Artists, doing vocals and special favorite tunes for the crowd.
"Sweet Pea Jones" Michael McMagic

Host Band Hal Hammer, Jr. & The Cross Creek Blues Band

Featuring talented Blues man: Vic Sherman
Plus . . . Jeff Williams, from Blue Earth Arts, bassist, Joe Z, "Gentleman George", "Capt. Gary", and "Geno".

The Concert is FREE and is always held at the sandbar in “P” Channel, between Weedon Island and the Tanglewood neighborhood. This is NOT a Weedon Island event and there is NO ACCESS to the concert through the Weedon Island Preserve. You MUST come to the concert by boat, canoe, kayak, or some sort of floating water conveyance.
Last year, an estimated 6000 people attended the SUNDAY Concert on Memorial Day Weekend and a great time was had by all. In the entire history of the event, there has never been a fight, injury, or altercation of any kind. This is a family-style event where friends and neighbors all cooperate to have a safe, fun outing.

There are always kids and dogs in attendance, as well as neighborhood residents, friends, guests, and boaters passing by, who find interest in the music. We welcome one and all to share in this celebration of Americans and the traditional start of summer!

NOTE: This Event is a neighborhood event and is NOT connected, in any way, with Weedon Island Preserve. The ONLY practical way to get to the Concert is to come by Boat, Canoe, or Kayak.

The live bands will play from approximately NOON to around 5:00 P.M., weather and tides permitting. The event is FREE!

The various, featured bands play Pop, Several styles of high-energy blues, as well as Southern Rock and the old 50s & 60s Rock ‘N Roll. They are all seasoned professional Guest Artists who perform at this event. For this Concert, we float up to the sand bar, anchor the “Band Barge”, and play the event. Afterward, we pull the anchor, start the motor and sail off – No muss . . . No fuss!

The sandbar, in "P" Channel, is just past "Broken Bridge", between Riviera Bay and Tampa Bay.

Contact Information:
Phone: (727) 282-4425
Address: Directly East, across the channel from 2189 Tanglewood Way NE 33702 is the closest physical address to the sand bar location.
This is a Family-Style Event and is FREE to all. Bring what you want, because there are NO CONCESSIONS, Food or Drink available at the sandbar. Musicians are volunteers and they play for the entertainment and pleasure of all who attend.

Additional information can be obtained by e-mail –
Beau Rivage Biloxi Spectacular Summer Show
May 17
DreamCast Entertainment’s new cirque-style spectacleBraVeau (pronounced Bravo), will perform at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino June 7-August 7.BraVeau audiences will be engaged and entertained by eccentric characters, fanciful creatures and skilled performers who execute feats of beauty and unparalleled agility. This summer, leave reality behind and travel to an imaginary world asBraVeau infuses traditional commedia dell'arte with modern cirque sophistication and drama in the state-of-the-art Beau Rivage Theatre.

BraVeau is a show produced exclusively for MGM Resorts International and features an internationally-renowned cast of acrobats, aerialists, dancers and stunt performers who come as far away as Russia and Mongolia to inspire and amaze both the young and old alike. Renowned circus sensation and comic dare devil Bello Nock returns to Beau Rivage in this 80-minute non-stop, thrilling production.

“DreamCast Entertainment has produced many successful cirque-style shows for MGM Resorts International,” said Anthony Gibson, Beau Rivage Executive Director of Entertainment, “BraVeau is raising the bar and is sure to delight audiences. BraVeau’s artists are some of the most respected entertainers and athletes worldwide. The beauty they bring to human performance art is breathtaking.”

There’s nonstop action throughout BraVeau, which blends traditional circus acts with theatrical elements of dance and dare devil stunts. The international ensemble of performers include trapeze acts, precision acrobatic and hand-balancing artistry, the Wheel of Wonder, impeccable dance routines, the Sphere of Fear motorcycle globe, astounding contortionists, and comedic interludes by Europe’s most beloved clowns.

BraVeau performances are 7:00 p.m. Monday– Thursday; 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; no performances on Friday. Tickets are $12.95, $16.95 and $24.95 plus tax and service fees, and available for purchase by phone at 888.566.7469 or online at A family four pack of tickets is available for $40 (offer code BraVeau). Advance reservations required and package pricing is based on availability. BraVeau room packages start at $129 plus tax and fees, and include deluxe accommodations at MGM Resorts International’s AAA Four Diamond resort and two tickets to the show. This offer is valid Monday-Thursday. Mention offer code BraVeau2016 when booking.

Ticket holders can also take advantage of exclusive offers while visiting Beau Rivage from June 7 – August 7, including food & beverage, retail and at the arcade. Children 12 and under eat free at The Buffet with the purchase of an adult buffet. Receive 15 percent off total bill at BR Prime, Jia, Stalla, Coast and Terrace Cafe when mentioning codeBraVeau. Food & beverage offers are valid during the duration of the show, any day of the week, valid for cash and credit purchases only. Ticket holders can also take advantage of retail discounts during the show’s run. Guests can receive 15 percent off regular-priced merchandise in The Promenade Shops when presenting their show ticket. The Arcade will double redemption on tickets guests win the same day as show with ticket stub, up to 500 per ticket stub.
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The Acoustic-Guitar Duo Carbe And Durand Are Highly Entertaining
May 17

Carbe and Durand is an acoustic-guitar duo that rips it up one moment, plays it soft-and-slow the next, and always has their audiences on their feet applauding at the end because these musicians give the listeners what they want.....high-quality entertainment, lots of familiar melodies and stunning guitar playing. All of this is evident on their new album, A Bridge Between.

For the past 20 years these two guitarists, Liza Carbe and JP Durand, have built musical bridges between numerous genres that range from classical guitar to blues, from pop music to rock’n’roll, from world-fusion to nuevo-flamenco, from full ensemble performances to their warm stripped-down twin acoustic guitar offerings. Not only a professional partnership, but also a married couple, these two musicians share a common passion. They very much love to play their guitars, and they do it constantly at concerts and in the studio.

Carbe and Durand are best-known as co-founders, along with guitarist Jim Stubblefield, of the acclaimed genre-bending instrumental “world guitar” group Incendio which has released nine best-selling albums and two DVDs available internationally. The group has toured regularly since 2000 and has built a large and loyal following.

But in between Indendio recording sessions and tours, Carbe and Durand have also pursued a separate career. As composers, they have made a name for themselves in Hollywood by writing music heard in an astounding variety of television shows and feature films, from the blockbuster comedy movie “Bridesmaids” to TV programs such as “Law and Order” and “Burn Notice” among countless others. In addition, as a duo with usually just the two of them playing acoustic guitars, Carbe and Durand have performed many concerts. Audiences enthralled with the duo’s performances have repeatedly asked if the music that was being played could be purchased. With this impetus, Carbe and Durand decided to make a live-in-the-studio album representative of their concerts. The result is A Bridge Between which features three original compositions along with their crowd-pleasing acoustic-guitar arrangements of beloved classic melodies from the pop charts of the last half-century.

A Bridge Between is available as a CD or as digital downloads from a variety of online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others. More information about the group and their music is available at their website Internationally if their music is not easily available in your territory, contact their website about purchasing.

Carbe and Durand have created amazing acoustic-guitar instrumental versions of songs with well-known melodies such as Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (inspired by Luc Sylvain and Bireli Lagrene’s version), The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” (Durand: “We thought to have some fun giving it a rhumba-flamenco treatment.”) and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Town” (Durand: “We like to find ways to rock out on acoustics. It started as a tribute to Randy Rhodes, but we never expected it to become so popular with our audiences.”).

Several of the cover tunes were specifically written for acoustic guitar, but Carbe and Durand take the recognizable melodies off into new places with their two-part playing. “Scarborough Fair” is a traditional folk tune popularized by Simon & Garfunkel. Carbe says, “I remember singing and playing this back in college. It always amazes me how a good melody can live on 350 years.” “Classical Gas” is one of the few acoustic-guitar instrumentals to ever crack the Top 40 pop charts (Mason Williams, 1968). “This one lends itself to Liza’s classical technique,” explains Durand. They also tackle The Beatles’ acoustic “Blackbird.” “It’s a great finger-style piece that works well for two guitars. The Paul McCartney melody-line is so active and beautiful,” states Carbe.

The duo show their versatility by including Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” (Carbe: “We love the way this swings, and the groove.”), the Jimmy Webb-penned Glen Campbell hit “Wichita Lineman” (Durand: “All my life every time this song came on the radio I had to stop whatever I was doing and listen. It’s near perfect.”), Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Carbe: “At first our audiences always seem a bit shocked and amazed by our rendition, but they end up loving it.”), and Sting’s “Fragile” (Carbe: “I enjoy soloing on this piece, and the brooding, melancholy atmosphere resonates with me.”).

But in addition to all of the classic melodies that have become standards in our culture, Carbe and Durand show why their own music is so often used for Hollywood soundtracks. They open the album with an original, the title tune, which, Carbe says, “took us both to a peaceful place,” or, as Durand puts it, “like a big comfy chair because the music is both wistful and comforting.” Another original, “A Thought For You,” is a bittersweet creation because it serves as a tribute to a departed friend, guitarist Larry Weber, who played with Carbe in a band called Red Van Go. They borrowed Weber’s Lowden guitar to play on the track to help capture his spirit. Their third composition on the album is “Mountain Song,” the first piece of music they ever wrote together from 20 years ago. “Some music just has to wait for its moment to be recorded,” says Carbe. These originals were recorded on steel-string guitars instead of the nylon-string ones used on the rest of the album.

Liza Carbe (pronounced lee’-zuh car-bay) brings a wealth of musical knowledge, guitar discipline and performance experience to the duo. A guitarist from the age of eight, she went on to obtain her degree in classical guitar from Cal State Northridge. After college she found herself serving two masters -- classical guitar and singing by day, and playing rock’n’roll bass at night. Soon she was traveling the world playing in the all-female Platinum-selling rock group Vixen followed by a tour backing up former Santana singer Leon Patillo. During her stint playing guitar in Lindsay Buckingham’s touring band, she met Durand. Shortly thereafter they began making music together and were married. Soon they were writing background music for “Entertainment Tonight,” and that music eventually went into the general Paramount music library and started to be used extensively in many different movies and TV shows. Carbe has produced or co-produced more than 50 albums, and she has not only composed for television, but also played on and produced many TV music segments. Additionally she began playing bass with the Jim Stubblefield Group that would eventually, with the addition of Durand, morph into Incendio. But despite her expertise in playing bass with Incendio as well as numerous earlier rock acts, she always kept her classical guitar technique up with practice, library music recording and lessons with Jorge Strunz from the famed Strunz and Farah. Now Carbe is excited to return to her first instrument, the acoustic nylon-string guitar, which is an integral part of the Carbe and Durand sound.

Durand comes from the world of rock and the blues. Raised in West Los Angeles, he embraced both rawness of punk rock as well as rocking guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson. However, Durand is also of Peruvian descent, so part of his upbringing included listening to artists such as Trio Los Panchos, Los Morochucos and even Julio Iglesias. Durand got his degree in economics from UC Berkeley before working in the music industry at MCA Records, and later at Spanish-language television (the powerful Univision and Telemundo networks where he assisted in producing live music events including “Fiesta Broadway”). Durand playing in a variety of rock bands over the years, including his Steely Dan cover group, Pretzel Logic, that also included Carbe at one point. They later formed the band Book of Storms. Some of their electric and acoustic made-for-television music was packaged under the name Carbe-Durand as a limited edition CD, Sketches. Eventually Durand joined Incendio, a group where he is able to incorporate his love of South American traditional and pop music with rock, jazz and world influences.

“After all our experiences in the music business -- composing, touring, playing rock or world music, producing pieces for film and TV -- it is extremely refreshing and satisfying to strip our sound down to just two acoustic guitars and play music that we love and that audiences obviously connect with,” states Durand.
Music CD Release
One Of Top Modern Mantra Bands In The World Unveil Cosmic Connections Live
May 17
Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
Cosmic Connections Live

The new recording Cosmic Connections Live, which was recorded during the 2014-2015 World Tour by the popular world-fusion group Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, offers an opportunity to experience the transcendent energy of their live concerts.

Since they first started recording together in the late Nineties, Deva and Miten have been considered pioneers and leaders in developing a new style of world-fusion music blending ancient mantras with contemporary music elements that has helped bring the transformative, healing power of mantra into the 21st century. Deva and Miten see their music as an invitation to take a break from the ceaseless turbulence of our troubled times and lead the listener into a space of inner peace, harmony and meditation. Their new release is another beautiful bridge to cosmic connections.

The new album begins with Deva’s haunting rendition of the timeless and mysterious mantra OM (Deva and Miten call it “The Cosmic Yes”). A short multiple-voice version opens the recording and a 10-minute mostly-instrumental version closes the musical experience and gives the entire band a chance to shine instrumentally. What lies between is an enchanting journey into mystic realms. Included are beloved mantras previously enjoyed by fans of the studio recordings, but here captured live in concert (including “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo Mantra,” “Om Kumara” and “Mangalam”). These ancient mantras are embedded in East-West fusion soundscapes that soar with transcendent vocals mixed with luminous notes from the bansuri, courtesy of Nepalese maestro Manose. The music is balanced between those healing and inspirational mantras and the intimate and deeply moving ballads from Miten (“White Cloud White Swan” and “Native Son”).

Deva plays tanpura and keyboards, Miten adds guitar, and Manose is heard playing the bansuri wood flute. All three sing. The trio are joined on this concert collection of mantra and song by several other master musicians, notably Joby Baker (bass/percussion/vocals) and Spencer Cozens (piano/keyboards), plus special guests. Additional excitement comes from the concert audiences in Budapest, Frankfurt, Edmonton, Bath and Amsterdam.

This recording, and others by Deva Premal & Miten, are available at both mainstream and specialty stores throughout the United States, and also are available worldwide as CDs and digital downloads from numerous online sales sites such as iTunes and Amazon. For more information about the group and their music, go to DevaPremalMiten dot com.

In concert these celebrated chant masters feature their unique, spiritually-inspired presentations of mantra, song, and chant with the aim to bring solace and great music to thousands of kindred spirits, thirsty for respite in this troubled world. These powerful gatherings create moments of what Deva describes as “ecstatic silence,” or in Miten’s words, “luminous pools of deep celebration.”

During their years together, the duo has presented their music worldwide, from New York to Los Angeles, from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, from Moscow to Kiev to Tel Aviv, from San Quentin Prison to the concert halls of Europe, proving that mantras transcend all traditional cultural and religious boundaries.

According to Miten (pronounced me-ten), “The music we make is born out of a committed spiritual practice. We meditate -- we investigate -- and our music is a result of that experience. It's more a case of life and death than entertainment.” Deva Premal (pronounced day-va prim-all), adds, “Sanskrit mantras are ancient, primordial healing formulae that resonate at the very core of our being. By chanting communally, we access this profound depth of silence and inner peace, transcending all conflict, inner and outer.”

Flame carriers of a 5,000-year-old tradition, Deva Premal & Miten are at the forefront of the burgeoning world-wide chant phenomenon. They are major contributors to the soundtrack of most 21st century alternative healing modalities, from rehab/detox/stress management clinics to yoga studios, spas and meditation centers, and shamanic gatherings and ceremonies whether in the depths of the Amazon or in urban areas throughout the world.

Merging ancient mantras of India and Tibet with contemporary musical settings, their debut album The Essence in 1999 introduced a new and unique musical genre. The album soared to the top of World and New Age charts globally and has remained a constant best-seller. Deva Premal & Miten have released more than 18 albums of uplifting and inspirational music, and are acknowledged leaders in the field of world-fusion and blending ancient mantras and modern music. Their best-selling 2015 release Songs for the Sangha debuted at #1 on iTunes and Amazon World Charts.

They have hosted online mantra meditation programs with more than 200,000 participants.
They have graced festivals, concert halls, rock venues and cathedrals around the planet.
Their numerous fans worldwide include such diverse luminaries as Cher (who recorded and performed their version of the “Gayatri Mantra” and said “The Essence is my all-time favorite album for yoga”), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (who proclaimed: “Beautiful, beautiful music”), life coach and motivational guru Tony Robbins (who felt the music to be “passionate and powerful”), and author Eckhart Tolle (who called their music “pure magic”).

Deva and Miten are often accompanied by Nepalese wood-flute master Manose (pronounced ma-nose’). Born in Kathmandu, Manose has performed extensively with them and is featured on many of their previous albums, including Songs for the Sangha. Manose also has released four solo CDs. He is credited with re-popularizing the bansuri in his country, where he was the first to introduce it as a rock instrument.

Deva Premal & Miten met at Osho’s meditation center in India in 1990 and began a journey into love and creativity which has seen their worldwide concerts and best-selling albums introduce millions in the West to the joy and deep relaxation found in chanting mantras from the Eastern meditation traditions. Their music is the soundtrack for yoga, massage, acupuncture, meditation and stress management programs around the planet.

Deva was born in Germany to the sound of the “Gayatri Mantra” -- her parents chanted it to her in the womb and it was her bedtime lullaby through childhood. She also is a classically-trained musician. Miten grew up in London, immersed in the Sixties sounds of The Beatles and the other pop-rock acts of that era, but he dropped a successful career as a rock musician to explore the world of meditation. Together, they have created a unique musical genre, setting the chants of India and Tibet into Western musical settings.

At his ashram in Pune, India, the enlightened mystic Osho gave her the name Deva Premal (“Divine Loving” in Sanskrit). There she was initially attracted to healing modalities, becoming a practitioner of reflexology, massage, shiatsu and cranio-sacral therapy. It was also there that she met Miten. “He was the coordinator of the ashram music and he wrote the most beautiful songs.”

In today’s crazy, hectic world, Deva and Miten’s chilled out Sanskrit chants offer something of a musical balm to calm the nerves and nourish the tortured spirit. “Without the silence that follows the chants,” Deva explains, “you get only half the story. It’s so easy to overlook the silence inside music, and, ironically, it is that silence which contains the potent, healing power. This is really the main reason Miten and I sing, to bathe in ‘Ecstatic Silence.’ It’s our nourishment. For me there is nothing more precious than having sung with an audience, ecstatic with bliss, and then enter the inner world of deep peace that the mantras offer where all personalities are gone and dissolved for an endless sacred moment into eternity with only joy remaining.”
Music CD Release
Out of USA
May 17
Joanna Brouk
Hearing Music [1970–1985]

The Numero Group presents the first collection of music by new age/ambient/avant-garde music pioneer Joanna Brouk. During the ‘70s and ‘80s Ms. Brouk blazed her own trail well outside of the musical establishment to create uncompromising electronic and acoustic work of sleek beauty and primal power. She studied under avant-garde music legends Robert Ashley and Terry Riley at the fabled Mills College Center for Contemporary Music before graduating into the San Francisco Bay Area's exploratory music scene. Hearing Music collects 22 beguiling and enchanting pieces from Joanna Brouk's two-decade career, including previously unissued recordings and engaging historical liner notes.

Joanna Brouk was a composer who wrote scores with geometric shapes; a poet who became an experimenter in early electronic music; a recording artist, pianist, synthesist, manipulator of sounds and occasional vocalist. Describing herself as more a channel than a composer, Brouk took her cues from the frequencies of the natural world. Her little-known body of work exists at the nexus between ambient, new age, avant-garde, drone, and classical minimalism — stark in its simplicity, lush in its expanse. She created her music with talented collaborators like flautist Maggi Payne and pianist/composer Bill Maraldo. Brouk self-published her recordings on cassettes to a dedicated group of listeners, primarily in California. After decades of relative obscurity her work eventually reached astute musicologists in far-flung hip centers.

Hearing Music was researched, compiled and produced by Numero Group A&R representative Douglas Mcgowan, best known as the proprietor of the Yoga Records label and the creator of the I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America 1950-1990 collection, a groundbreaking reassessment of new age music by 20 artists, including Brouk. I Am The Center caused a stir in late 2013, appearing on dozens of best of the year lists, and garnering praise in Pitchfork, Wire, and The New York Times. Hearing Music is the result in part from listener requests to hear more from the mysterious Ms. Brouk.

Hearing Music draws from Ms. Brouk's beguiling and rare cassette releases and her archive of previously unreleased recordings. Fire Breath, The Creative, and Majesty Suites - Entrance of the Queen of Winter Dawn are heard for the first time here. Hearing Music is available at better record and new age stores, at numerogroup dot com, and online retail sites worldwide. The influential, Grammy-nominated Numero Group label is widely regarded as the star of the ever-growing world of music rediscovery and reissue. In addition to its lauded releases of albums from new age pioneers like Iasos and Jordan de la Sierra, Numero has plumbed such disparate genres as folk, funk, country, and salsa to create award-winning compilations and box sets. The gorgeously-packaged Hearing Music carries on Numero's tradition of quality and attention to detail.


In 1970 Brouk left New York to attend the University of California, Berkeley, to study creative writing under the tutelage of the poet Josephine Miles. Brouk's studies led her to music; and her mentor, Miles, encouraged her to explore sound poetry and recording. Brouk became entranced by the poetic use of sound in native cultures: the way repeating words make a rhythm; the way alliteration, assonance, and consonance become drums; the way shamans use chants, voice manipulation, and repetition for spiritual healing.

As Brouk explains it, I realized that, in many instances, it didn't matter what you said, it mattered how you said it: the tone of the voice, the rhythm, the sound. Because sound has an incredible effect on other people; it can make them dance, put them into trances; it can control emotions by a certain pitch, a certain depth. Accordingly, her first sound pieces were processed music, repeating words layered over and over until they became hypnotic mantras. This word recording led to an almost obsessive devotion to capturing the sounds of the world around her and, eventually, the music playing perpetually in her head. When you slow it down, the sound of bees sounds like a drone like Tibetan monks. So I realized there are several universal sounds: bees, crickets, frogs. When you slow down their frequencies, they reveal an underlying drone that really is everywhere in the world. If you're underwater you'll hear a hum. So I was fascinated with the underlying drone, that's really where I started.

Brouk called this the unity of the soundwave and, without formal training, she began to pursue it. She taught herself to play piano slowly, tapping out a single note over and over until she finally heard the next note resonating in her head, and the next. Commercial synthesizers were just coming on the market. The Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College was earning a reputation as a leading pioneering electronic music school. Miles arranged for Brouk to study, experiment, and record there. To Brouk, the Mills studio looked like a heaven of tape decks and analog modular synthesizers including a wall-to-wall Moog IIIP and a Buchla 100, both operated by dials and switches. To her wonder, Brouk found that the synthesizers could recreate any sound she heard playing in her mind. Brouk's instructors at Mills included legends like Robert Ashley (the Center's director and creator of a new offshoot of modern opera) and Terry Riley (a trailblazer of American classical minimalism). Their encouragement was important to Brouk as she pursued a unique and minimal sound of her own.

It was the support of a local radio host that first helped Brouk's music bloom outside academia. KPFA-FM has always been a notoriously progressive radio station. In October 1972, Brouk appeared on Ode to Gravity, a program featuring contemporary and experimental music. Host Charles Amirkhanian praised Brouk's work, calling her a composer whose interests in sound revolve around taking time to explore those parts of music that we usually pass over, the sounds within individual tones. Joanna Brouk's music assumes you are unlike the majority of listeners; that you will approach her music in a meditative way and will slow down your body functions enough to hear the sounds she has created. The show played several of her early compositions, including The Creative, made entirely from the resonations of a slowly struck gong with some synthesizer tones. The segment struck such a chord with listeners that KPFA offered her a show of her own and eventually made her program director. She graduated from Berkeley with a BA in creative writing and electronic music and went immediately into radio production, putting her music in the background of shows and documentaries. She also produced work for NPR.

In 1980, she enrolled in Mills' graduate program for electronic music. Her thesis project was a large scale work for the Oakland Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales called Holy Saturday Mass. (It was narrated by Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi.) Through her own label, Hummingbird Productions, Brouk released a flurry of tapes: Healing Music in 1980, The Space Between and Sounds of the Sea in '81, Golden Swan in '83, and Healing Touch in '85. Kaiser Permanente placed a large order and used Brouk's music as sound therapy for patients in their hospital network. The inclusion of her albums in catalogues of new age music made her known to fans of the increasingly-popular genre. Though the albums were largely cobbled together from Brouk's early tapes, Sounds of the Sea was different, a fully conceived concept album and a masterpiece of her career. Repeated motifs link the tracks together, as does Brouk's expert manipulation and layering of sound. Synthesizers mirror the timbre and tone of the French horns, flutes, and conch shells, playing the same refrains until it becomes difficult to tell the acoustic from the electronic. Similarly, while some pieces feature field recordings of actual dolphin songs, other tracks feature spectral human voices mirroring the same sonic heights.

Brouk married and moved to San Diego in late 1985, and gave birth to a son. She took up the practice of transcendental meditation. I didn't have my synthesizer, I didn't have money. It was kind of a start-over moment. Though she still writes and hears music daily, occasionally drawing the scores on paper geometrically, Brouk has not recorded in 30 years.
Music CD Release
Longtime New Age Musician Uma Silbey Returns With Ambient Soundscape
Apr 13

Termed by the press early in her career as “one of America’s Renaissance Women,” Uma Silbey is known worldwide as a popular musician, author, jewelry-artist, healer and spiritual teacher. Her latest recording, Altered States, on which she simply goes by the name Uma, is an album of meditational instrumental music that she composed and performed on acoustic grand piano and electronic keyboards. The album is sub-titled “Music for the Journey Within.”

Combining Eastern and Western spiritual practices and introducing them to the mainstream audience in a way that is practical and understandable, Uma (pronounced ooo-muh with a short o sound) became a leading spokesperson for the New Age, traveling worldwide for 20 years to speak and teach, lead workshops and perform concerts. One of the first of the early new age music artists, she recorded her first album in 1981. Since then, she has composed and recorded 17 albums of meditation music and guided imagery, with some of her bestsellers, such as Soul of the Beloved, joining the best new age albums of the year in the semi-final round of the Grammy Awards.

More information on Uma Silbey is available at her website ( Her Altered States CD on the Airo Audio label -- and many of her earlier recordings -- as well as digital download tracks from those albums are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.

In addition to her music career, Uma is known for bringing understanding and appreciation of crystals into the mainstream, and for having the first quartz crystal jewelry manufacturing company selling to more than 2400 accounts and averaging over a million dollars of sales each year. She is also the author of four published books including “The Complete Crystal Guidebook” from Bantam Books (New York) that has sold nearly 800,000 copies internationally and continues to sell to this day. Her follow-up book, “Crystal Ball Gazing,” is still carried by Simon & Schuster (New York), and the other two, “Enlightenment on the Run” and the children’s book, “Paul and Mary and Their Magic Crystals,” are published by Airo Press. Currently she is working on a new book for Skyhorse Publishing (New York) called “The Ultimate Guide to Crystals and Stones.”

Uma has now re-emerged in the world of music with her new recording, appropriately titled
Altered States, and using the ten scales upon which the classic ragas from India are based, but incorporating them, with a Western touch, into a new age keyboard album. This recording is meditative, evocative, deep and heartful. Not only is it perfect for meditation, but also relaxation, healing, massage, reiki, yoga and related practices. Combining melodic structured passages with ambient improvisational sections, the music on the album takes the listener on a peaceful, yet dynamic journey. Some of the tunes are played entirely on acoustic piano, others are completely synthesized, and a few combine acoustic and electronic keyboards. In addition, there are some sounds of nature imbedded in the work.

“A yogi taught me those Indian scales,” explains Uma, “and I was intrigued because they are each meant to evoke a certain mood. So I used them as a jumping off point. I played them in a Western mode, but tried to amplify the moods. Our Western ears are used to expecting certain notes to follow previous ones, but with Indian music you often get a different note which leads to a sense of drama and wonder at what comes next. Sometimes the timing also changes within a piece. All of this helps build anticipation for the listener. If you sink deep into these different sounds they automatically put you into a state of meditation which is my forte.”

The album begins with “Invitation” (“gently inviting people in”). Uma says the tune “Remembering” is based on “a scale offering unconditional pure love and devotion, and I was feeling very heartful and nostalgic when I wrote this.” Regarding “Voices From the Deep,” she explains that “this evokes deep space, our deep oceans and that place deep within ourselves.” Somewhat different is “Mountain,” a “powerful piece with the bass sounding like a heartbeat or a pulse which always reminds us that we are living beings.” The recording ends with “Heartfelt” because “I like to bring people back to their hearts at the end of a journey and make them feel good. When you leave someone with an open heart, that is the essence of all healing.”

Related to the classical German composer, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and coming from a long line of musicians, Uma was trained from the age of five as a classical pianist. This instruction -- coupled with her later training in shamanic drumming and music, sound current yoga, and sound healing -- underlies the healing, heart opening and inspirational qualities of Uma’s music.

Raised Christian, with a background in art and music, and descending from a long family
line of musicians, Uma has subsequently studied, meditated and taken initiation with Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist masters, along with Native American medicine people. She has practiced Vipassana meditation, kirtan (devotional singing,) and bhakti yoga, (the yoga of love, service and devotion.) After meeting her Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and receiving the name “Uma,” she was initiated in “Karma Sange Drolma” (Buddha Tara) by Venerable Kalu Rimpoche and studied the Buddhist Kalachakra and Mahamudra practices. After working with Yogi Bhajan in Los Angeles, Uma took the Bodhisatva Vow from his holiness, the Dalai Lama, and was initiated by him into the Blue Medicine Buddha practices. She has additionally studied mantra and sound current meditation and pranayam (breathing practices), and is a kundalini yoga teacher. Uma worked for many years with Native American spiritual leader Marcellus Bearheart Williams, completed four vision quests, became a pipe holder and an authorized sweat lodge leader, and trained extensively in indigenous healing ways. She also has a B.A. degree from UCLA and a M.A. degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in counseling psychology. She brings this extensive spiritual background and training to her music, writing and artistic jewelry creations.

Her best-selling and acclaimed musical albums are Wakantanka; Crystal, Colors, Chakras and Sound; Crystal Path; Flying Free; Helios; Watergarden; Healing; Relax; Medicine Songs of the Native American Peyote Lodge; Vision Quest; Voyager; Heart of Peace; Quiet Dawn; Love; Prosperity; and Soul of the Beloved. These recordings vary from all-instrumental to singing and chanting as well as guided imagery set to music. Uma also has joined the Grammy award winning artist Kitaro and other leading musicians on compilations, among them Journey to the Heart, Music for the Spirit and Sleep.

Uma’s articles and interviews have appeared in countless publications worldwide, including
People Magazine, Yoga Journal and the Smithsonian Magazine. Her media appearances have been broadcast nationally on over 80 TV and radio shows, including CNN and twice on the “Today Show.” Her music has played on some of the most well-known radio stations, channels and satellite networks including Sirius Radio and Music Choice.

“All of my creations, whether musical compositions or symbolic jewelry, have always been specifically designed to help bring you balance, health, wholeness, inner peace and expanded awareness,” Uma states. “Everything changes -- our thoughts, our feelings, our bodies, our planet. Happiness seems to come and go. What is lasting and real? We discover that if we go deeper there is an unchanging reality that brings happiness, internal peace and undying love. When we live in this realization, thankfulness becomes as natural as breathing. We become balanced and healed on a deep level which helps us get through the hard times. We exist beyond fear. Creativity becomes our natural expression. Much can help us to experience this state of being -- being balanced and grounded, relaxing and breathing, following teachers, and listening to guiding music. With that goal in mind, I offer my music to the world.”
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Can Avant-Garde Psychedelic Music Be Played On Acoustic Guitar? Guy Buttery Says Yes
Apr 12

World-celebrated South African musical virtuoso Guy Buttery returns with a brand new approach and unique musical vision on his latest acoustic-guitar-based album, simply titled Guy Buttery, which seamlessly merges elements of melodic-instrumental, world-fusion, African folk and avant-garde with ambient and groove-driven psychedelia.

A multi-award-winning musician and acclaimed acoustic guitarist worldwide, Buttery continues to bring a deep sense of universal musical understanding into his compositions. His music is delicate, yet fierce; profoundly deliberate, yet with playful moments of spontaneity; beautifully-melodic one moment and meditatively-ambient at other times. The music is rootsy, organic, home-grown, mostly acoustic and joyous.

The earthiness comes from Buttery’s background -- he was born and raised in a small coastal town along the North Coast of South Africa in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where lush fertile fields of sugar cane meet the sparkling turquoise of the Indian Ocean. Furthering his closeness to nature, Buttery decided the recording sessions for this album should take place in a small, secluded farmhouse in Zululand. Word spread to many of his musical friends who dropped by to contribute. With doors and windows open to the breeze, other sounds joined in and you may hear the occasional owl or cicada in the background.

The recording spotlights Buttery on acoustic guitars, mbira (African thumb piano) and acoustic generated ambient textures. In addition, he collaborates with some of South Africa’s finest musicians including Vusi Mahlasela (non-verbal vocalizations), Dan Patlansky (electric guitar), Nibs Van Der Spuy (cuatro, acoustic and electric guitars), Shane Cooper (acoustic bass), Derek Gripper (classical guitar), Gareth Gale (drums), Chris Letcher (wurlitzer and organ) and Qadasi (umhupe mouth bow and concertina). Also involved are artists from other countries, Lorenzo Mantovani on the Indian sarangi and specifically Piers Faccini on background vocals as well as one of Guy’s lifelong heroes, Will Ackerman from Windham Hill Records, on acoustic guitars. “Working with all these first-rate musicians was a dream come true and a career highlight,” Guy says. “For me the record speaks of a different South Africa -- one that acknowledges tradition but is more interested in individualism and finding a new voice to tell that story,” states Buttery.

More information on Guy Buttery is available at his website (guybuttery dot co dot za). His music is available at online sales sites such as iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others. The album is available as a download, CD and limited-edition vinyl.

Having spent a great deal of time in the African outdoors during the composition process, Guy allowed the environment to seep into his creations. Nature holds a big place in his heart and the space of adventure, exploration and freedom affected his music deeply, pushing his exploration even further. “For as long as I can remember I’ve been sneaking into farmlands and forests, climbing trees, and building platforms and dwellings among the tree-tops for birding and tea festivities. The farm where we recorded has about 160 hectares of indigenous sub-tropical forest, and after six years of snooping around there, I made contact with the landowner and rented the old house,” Buttery explains. “Between sessions we’d be hiking, swimming, spotting Turacos [tropical birds] or playing frisbee.”

The Guy Buttery album begins with “Werner Meets Egberto in Manaus” which Buttery calls “a fictional tale about Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti having a chance meeting in the Amazon with German film-maker Werner Herzog.” Second up is “Floop” titled because it is “a simple groove loop piece in the key of F, and also featuring Afro-gospel organs, a mbira and Gareth Gale on drums, a telephone book and a Zulu shaker.” Buttery says the tune “In the Shade of the Wild Fig” is “full zen and features a 10-string Puerto Rican cuatro guitar played by my longtime collaborator and friend Nibs van der Spuy.” The pieces “From Srinager” and “To Goulimine” were inspired “by my journey from Kashmir in Northern India to the Sahara in Morocco in search of the path Led Zeppelin took when writing their definitive tune ‘Kashmir’,” says Buttery. “The melody of ‘Two Chords and the Truth’ takes its inspiration from West African kora players but I set it in a very different context. ‘Verbosity’ was inspired by the great Michael Hedges. ‘A Piece for Rudolf Fritsch’ is a lament for a cross-global friend I never met, and features multi-Grammy Award winning Will Ackerman. ‘3/4 in the Morning’ joins my acoustic guitar with upright bass played by South African jazz legend Shane Cooper.”

Buttery, acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest and most innovative fingerstyle guitarists, was called a “national treasure” by SA’s leading newspaper The Mercury. But he also has long been internationally recognized and has enjoyed invitations to play across the world for many years, especially in the USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil and Italy. He has collaborated with musical legends such as Dave Matthews, Jethro Tull, Salif Keita, The Violent Femmes, Will Ackerman and countless other internationally-renowned acts, and also worked with with not only a long list of top South African musicians but also international artists such as Shawn Philips, Jon Gomm, Preston Reed, Martin Simpson and Bob Brozman. In an in-depth three-page feature, Rolling Stone magazine cited Buttery simply as “extraordinary.”

Buttery has five previous solo albums -- When I Grow Up (released when he was 18), Songs from the Cane Fields, Fox Hill Lane, To Disappear in Place and Live in KwaZulu. He also collaborated with Nibs van der Spuy on the duo album In The Shade of the Wild Fig and performed on four other van der Spuy albums. Buttery appeared on the Joanna Newsom Tribute album, Versions of Joanna, alongside M. Ward and Billy Bragg and played on recordings by Vusi Mahlasela with Dave Matthews, Farryl Purkiss, Dan Patlansky, Madala Kunene and Piers Faccini. In addition to performing on various acoustic guitars, Buttery also is proficient on a wide variety of instruments including ones such as sitar, mandolin, classical guitar, mbira and musical saw.

Guy was introduced to music at an early age since his mother played piano and his older brothers played guitars. Guy started in on guitar at age 10. Around the house were the sounds of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Dylan and Bob Marley, while outside nearby Guy heard the local Zulu tribesmen playing their Maskanda music in one direction and the sounds of sitar and tabla from Indian Hindu temples the other way. John Paul Jones’ mandolin on Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore” caused Guy to get a mandolin, and Ravi Shankar and local sitar players inspired Guy to also pick up that instrument. His guitar finger-style techniques expanded considerably after being introduced to the music of Michael Hedges.

“From a young age birding and making music have been consistently grounding pastimes for me,” remembers Buttery. “I find the ability to obtain stillness in both bird watching and making music to be very similar. As a teenager I would often wake up early on a school day, run down to the estuary and watch the herons rise from under their wing before jumping on the bus with my Walkman in hand usually loaded with cassettes by local band Tananas, Dylan, The Pixies, Ustad Sultan Khan or Madala Kunene.”

When Buttery’s first album was released he received nominations from the prestigious South African Music Awards (SAMA). He was the youngest nominee in history. With his next few albums he began winning SAMA Awards along with a wide variety of other national accolades. Additionally he was invited to perform his works with the 52-piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I feel that environment seeps into everything. Luckily, with our landscape and weather systems, it’s easy to spend most of the year outdoors, and if you feel like it you can take your instrument along too. The coastal forests are omnipresent on the North Coast where I grew up and that is an example of something from nature that has influenced and inspired me, just as climbing trees and watching bird life has. Making music is simply dreaming out loud.”

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