Archive for July, 2012

Master Sergeant Chris Eder, USAF: There is a huge stigma in the military about men practicing yoga, an even bigger stigma on getting treatment for PTSD. So you can only imagine how difficult it is to get a guy with PTSD onto a mat!…I remember teaching yoga in Baghdad in a room where all four walls had everyone’s M16s standing upright. That is a standout moment for sure. In the same place, another time, we were attacked during the class and several of the Marines popped up, grabbed their rifles and took off. That was another.

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A renowned Tabla playing group is coming to Bellingham.
Elizabeth is planning to attend and wanted to share the announcement.

What is Tabla?
Tabla is a versatile percussion instrument that is widely used in north Indian classical music, also known as Hindustani music, devotional music, folk music and popular music. Its music involves skillfully composed rhythmic patterns, intriguing compositions and complex beat structures. It has gained popularity around the world for its range of sounds and rhythmic possibilities.

Tabla is comprised of two drums. A unique characteristic of the drum is that both components can be tuned to be pitch-perfect, meaning that tabla players not only play with rhythm, but also with tone.

Tabla as a Language
While tabla is a percussive instrument, it is also an oral tradition. Everything that can be played on tabla can be spoken; in fact, everything that is to be played must first be spoken. Speaking the language of tabla is itself an art. A good tabla player’s vocal recitation, known as padhant, should mimic the exacts sounds that would be elicited from playing the same composition.

Just as words are put into sentences in a organized way, tabla notes fit together in a specific way to make a musical poem; one with beauty, grammar and expression.

Performing LIVE at Pickford Film Center, July 19

Talavya – Globe-Trotting Percussion Ensemble (formerly Tabla Ecstasy)


Talavya wows audiences everywhere they go, as they will in Bellingham. We are experimenting with live music at PFC. It’s not inexpensive (for us to produce) but we think there is an audience for good music in a venue such as PFC. If you’d like to see more, please consider coming on July 19 and casting a vote for more events in the future.

“Globe-trotting percussion ensemble Talavya (formerly Tabla Ecstasy) brings the Indian hand-drums tabla to the center stage, distilling its age-old spirit and practice into a high-energy, highly accessible evening that reveals the instrument’s true joys.

Composed by Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil, the quartet moves between rousing peaks and smooth meditative passages, expressing the various emotions of tabla. Played with the passion and power of a rock drum solo along with the sophistication and subtlety of a classical solo, Talavya is contemporary in feel, while full of the richness of classical tabla. With its blend of solos, duos and group compositions, the audience experiences each artist’s unique personality as they play complex rhythmic patterns with split-second perfection.”


The Breath Inside the Breath

In keeping with the summer’s theme of The Breath, today in class, Elizabeth read a quote from a Sufi poet. It was quoted in thebook “A Life Worth Breathing.” If you click here you can see the book’s page at the Bellingham Public Library website.

Here is the poem:

“Are you looking for me?
I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
you will not find me in the stupas,
not in Indian shrine rooms,
nor in synagogues,
nor in cathedrals:
not in masses,
nor kirtans,
not in legs winding around your own neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me,
you will see me instantly —
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.”
― Kabir