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Techniques of Lasting Art: What Can Picasso Teach EDM?

THREE KEYS TO LASTING ART: CREATIVITY, TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE Recently, I was at IMSTA (International Music Software Trade Association) FESTA, a free trade show at Ryerson University School of Media in Toronto. There, I attended a panel workshop on electronic dance music (EDM) during which an MC said you don’t need to be a musician to produce music. In last week’s blog, I shared that I disagreed with this statement. In it, I explored how sound literally creates our physical world, and as such, why it is important that musical artist know what their creative choices are manifesting. This week, I would like to look at the three keys to lasting art that I discovered during my architecture degree at the University of Waterloo – creativity, technology and culture – and how they apply to music and art today. During the IMSTA event, I took the mic and encouraged musicians to be inspired by Pablo Picasso. Known as the co-founder of the Cubism movement, Picasso (1881-1973) was a brilliant Spanish modern artist. Though he was skilled at a broad range of art forms including sculpting, stage design, poetry and playwriting, he was most known for his painting. An immensely naturally gifted and prolific artist, he pushed the artistic envelope by challenging status quo with fresh interpretations…

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If The World Is Sound, What World Is Your Music Creating?

DO YOU NEED TO BE A MUSICIAN TO PRODUCE MUSIC? A big shout out to IMSTA, the International Music Software Trade Association, that put on a free trade show this Saturday September 6, 2014 at Ryerson University School of Media in Toronto. Full of fun facts, helpful workshops and informative product displays and demos, it was packed with music industry players. Audio engineer and music producer Young Guru, most known for his Grammy Award winning work in 2011 on “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, gave his opening keynote speech in a standing-room-only, bustling auditorium. One of the panel workshops I attended was on electronic dance music (EDM). Early into the discussion, the MC tried to summarize the points made by panelists by saying you don’t need to know anything about music to be a music producer. I almost fell off my chair. My intently waving hand shot straight up as I exclaimed: “I passionately disagree!” Being in the front row, I took the mike and shared my thoughts: It is easy to identify music that is compositionally unsound We need to be boundlessly creative in all art forms We must respect the laws of nature that apply to all art forms, including music Picasso said that it took his whole life to…

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Yoga for Musicians – Part 4: Roots and Inspiration

YOGA EXERCISES FOR MUSICIANS [continued from Part 3] Standing: Roots and Inspiration The vertical zero point is called Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Let’s give Mountain Pose a try: 1. Stand, feet hip width apart, knees relaxed. Your navel moves gently back towards your spine, tailbone slightly tilted towards the front of your body so that it releases like a plumb line towards the Earth. Eyes are relaxed yet focused on a point in front of you. The crown of your head broadens and floats gently upward. Shoulders are relaxed. 2. Breathe in. Breathe out. Awareness of your breath deepens. Notice what you feel in your body. Imagine that your spine is the central channel of energy that runs through your body/being. It connects the sky and the earth through you. 3. Feel your feet. Feel your energy move downward, towards the core of the Earth. 4. Notice the crown of your head. Let it float upward. Feel your connection to the sky and the whole. As your feet release into the ground, the Earth meets you. A wave of energy flows up through your body towards the crown of your head. 5. Inhale, draw energy through the crown of your head, through your spine, into your body/being. 6. Exhale. Allow this energy to fill your entire being.…

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Yoga for Musicians – Part 3: Yoga Exercises for Musicians

In the previous two weeks’ posts, we looked at how yoga is relevant to you as a musician. This week and next, I will guide you through exercises from my practice called YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine. You can do them anywhere to keep you fit in body, mind and spirit. But first, a couple of things:   Keep the Body-Instrument in the Tune of Health Hatha yoga helps your body-instrument stay in the tune of health. When you practice, be aware of your spine. Think of the spine like a flute, through which vital life-force flows. We don’t want to force our sound or damage our instrument. We learn to allow the music of life to flow us. The spine is also like a piano. Each key on a piano must be in tune to make good music. Similarly, when one of our vertebrae is out, we know it through pain and discomfort. String players know that a string must be neither too tight nor too slack. The spine is like a string instrument tuned in perfect resonance, for optimal musicality.   Before You Start It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. When you do a little light stretching, this does not matter as much, but it is good to keep in…

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Yoga for Musicians – Part 2: Healthy in the Midst of It All

[Continued from The Power of Yoga] YOGA IS A PRACTICE Healthy In the Midst of It All We are organic, dynamic beings that are meant to move and flow. Enduring long touring car/bus/plane rides, or long stints in the studio, we need to move and stretch regularly to keep our muscles limber and fit for shows. I describe life as producer and touring musician being like moving from zero to 100, when we have to quickly shift from more sedentary creative and administrative work, to jumping up on stage and giving the performance of our life that will woo our fans. We need to learn how to make our life flow with more wholeness and fluidity if we are going to last through it all. The physical exercises found in Hatha Yoga are a series of bodily postures that transition smoothly from one to the next. Each pose is like a position in which we may find ourselves in life. The child pose, for example, when you curl up, folded inward with your head on your knees, shins on the floor, is introverted and rejuvenating, a bit womb-like. We have all been there, and we need to go back to that inner child, in our inner space to create and rejuvenate. Tadasana, or mountain pose, is…

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Yoga for Musicians – Part 1, The Power of Yoga

Hello friends, While we are still full tilt on video production for “Yoga in the Nightclub” and “Shanti Om”, my blog postings in the coming weeks will discuss yoga for musicians. Here is part 1. Enjoy! Parvati   Finding Balance in a Rock ‘n’ Roll World
 The music business is built on rock ‘n’ roll ethics – partying hard and living large – as aspiring stars and executives strive to make their immortal mark on the world and live like gods. When injuries, exhaustion, discontent, overdoses and addictions set in, all artists and business heads must make peace with the sobering fact that we are actually part of nature, and as such, must live by earthly, mortal laws. For some, that may sounds like a drag. But the good news is, living in alignment with nature lets us tap into an infinite well of power and creativity, the very life-force that continually creates this amazing universe in which we live. So why not trade in the never ending, rollercoaster search for temporary highs for a life that welcomes eternal bliss?   Trade in Fool’s Gold for the Real Thing If you are tired of fool’s gold not delivering the goods you seek, take a look instead at a radiant, ancient practice and science of life that…

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The Gift in Adversity

I just returned from being in England over the past few weeks. On a professional level, it was an excellent, full on time performing and teaching, moving my projects forward, meeting great people and finding out more about the world and myself. But what I learned was beyond all of this. The day after my first show at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London, I developed severe laryngitis. This may seem like a tragedy for one who uses her voice to perform and teach. But for one who has made a promise to the spiritual path, I know that the universe has an amazing way of keeping us honest and on path. Adversity is nothing other than a gift in disguise. As I allowed myself to soften into the physical and emotional discomfort I felt having absolutely no voice, I found myself inundated with memories from what seemed to be a past life memory in London dying of consumption (tuberculosis). At that time, my lungs were full of fluid. I could not breathe, and I felt silent in my ability to voice feelings of powerlessness. In the present, what lingered was resentment of having died in a state of sorrow. So I welcomed these feelings as part of healing my laryngitis. However, my memories did…

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The Making of “YIN: Yoga in the Nightclub”

Hello Friends,   Typically, the week of a Parvati Magazine launch, I don’t write a blog entry. But I have been a bit delinquent with my entries to you. So despite the latest issue of Parvati Magazine being now live – go check it out!! – I wanted to share a bit of my heart and my creative process over the last couple of months with you here.   As you know, I have been immersed in the world of sound, creating my album “YIN: Yoga In the Nightclub”, which I hope you have had a chance to listen to, and perhaps enjoy as much as I do. If not, please take a listen to it at Yoga in the Nightclub.   As I wrote, engineered, produced, arranged and mixed the tracks (and the mix polish process with the talented sound engineer Carl Gardiner in the U.K.), I was literally brought to my knees again and again. There was something powerfully different about this particular album for me.    At first, I thought, perhaps it was the short window of time I had to create it. But that did not feel right. Then my audio engineer friend Carl suggested that perhaps it was the typical ‘second album angst’ that seems to plague most bands and artists.…

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Sneak Preview: Yoga in the Nightclub New Tracks

Dear friends, I am still immersed in the world of sound as I get ready for this Friday’s album launch. I thought I would share with you a few of the tracks that will be on the new “YIN: Yoga in the Nightclub” album. Yoga In The Nightclub New Tracks by ParvatiDevi Hope to see you this Friday evening at the Yoga Sanctuary! Jai Ma, Parvati

Hello From My Studio

Hello friends,I am just in the home stretch of my new album. I will share some sound samples soon. More to come! In the meantime, the latest issue of Parvati Magazine has gone live. This month’s theme is “Blooming” and celebrates one of the most inspired seasons of the year. Please go and enjoy the articles by an abundant group of talented writers devoted to helping you blossom into the magnificence you are. Also, please join me next Sunday afternoon, April 29, at 2:30pm at the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West (near Spadina subway), for the official launch of my YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine CD and DVD. I will give a YEM workshop at that time, suitable for all levels. Space may be limited, but you can book your spot in advance at the Positive Possibilities Store and also take advantage of special package deals for the YEM DVD and CD. Until next week, be well. Parvati