|Programming||Portable Labyrinth for Rent
Every Last Friday of the month, the Labyrinth is open to the public walk with live music from guest artists.
Here’s a sample of the music for the labyrinth with Kira van Deusen.
Some of our featured artists are:
Quiet Hearts Ensemble
Founded in June 2013, the Quiet Hearts Ensemble improvises, or rather spontaneously composes, beautiful music. Listeners are transported, moved and inspired by enchanting flavours of music embracing classical, new age, jazz, folk and world styles. It’s romantic. It’s meditative. It’s soothing. Listeners rave that they “can’t believe” these musical journeys are composed on the spot.
Members of the Quiet Hearts Ensemble include:
Craig Addy – piano, organ
Performer’s ARCT, B.Mus. (UBC)
Craig is also a member of the Amicus Music Duo and the founder and creative director of Under the Piano.
Howard Meadows – clarinet, recorder, flute
Howard sang with the Phoenix Chamber Choir (Vancouver) for 3 years and for 10 years in the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Howard is also a member of the Amicus Music Duo.
Anand David Embry – flute, vocals, harmonium, percussion
Bachelor of Music, Certified Clinical Musician
Anand is classically trained in flute, composition and voice. As well, his love of world music, in particular the music of India, inspires his ability to improvise various musical flavours.
Mark De Silva – violin, vocals
Mark was a member of ensembles in the UK, USA and Canada, including The New English Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Laudate Singers, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Born into a musical family, Clara Shandler fell in love with the cello when she was just three years old. Her training as a classical musician focused on chamber music throughout her youth and she has since transformed those skills to play in rock bands, fiddle troupes, traditional Persian ensembles and so much more. Clara completed her Bachelor of Music degree at UBC. She is now both the assistant strings teacher at the West Point Grey Academy and VP of the East Vancouver Community Music School. She travels to Cambodia and Burma every winter in order to share and teach music as part of a budding music program called ‘Singing Tree’. For more info visit:www.sidewalkcellist.com or www.singingtree.ca
When I play music at St. Paul’s Labyrinth I drop into the sound and the sound guides me, moving my focus from ideas to feelings, from thought to sensation, and from the temporal to the eternal. I trust that whatever comes out of the clarinet will be what’s needed, perhaps lightening the step, easing the way, uplifting the spirit. My passion for making live, beautiful music available to people of all ages and walks of life is fulfilled at the Labyrinth as well as in my work with ‘Kits Classics+Worlds Beyond’, a concert series that presents Vancouver’s great professional musicians in free chamber music concerts at the Carnegie Centre and at St. James Community Square.
Even though I have been playing didgeridoo for about 4 years, I feel like it has already been a part of me all my life – it simply fits. Playing it fits. Hearing it fits. Learning it fits. With everything I do, there is a perfectly natural progression from learning to teaching – one begins before the other ends, and the process very much overlaps. I want to share this incredible instrument in as many ways as possible.
A singer, songwriter and intuitive song and sound channel, Theda creates music for healing and transformation, touching people deeply with her angelic voice and variety of instruments including Crystal Singing Bowls, Drum, Harp, Guitar and Ukulele. She performs for events and conferences and with international speakers who have included Dr Deepak Chopra. Her music expresses the dance of the human experience, celebrating the miracle of existence and the intrinsic loving essence within all. Theda has released several CD’s for relaxation, meditation and more recently her 2013 debut singer songwriter album “Legacy”.
Crystal Spirit Healing uses Tibetan gongs and bowls, Crystal bowls, Aboriginal drumming and voice to create an atmosphere of peaceful healing and transformation.
Sound healing is the intentional use of sound to create an environment which becomes a catalyst for healing in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. To become “healed” simply means to become “whole”.
a singer, composer,throat singer workshop facilitator , dedicated to Building Community through Sound and Voice. He sang in choirs from the age of 6 years and his first professional gig was at the young age of 17 in a Rock Band. Jerry has an extensive background in contemporary music & ancient singing styles, and has performed and composed music in Rock, Country, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock, Gospel, R&B, Musicals. He is Director of the MantraVani Orchestra, One Voice Harmonic Choir with 30 years in Indian Ragas, Sacred Music and most recent Red Monkey (Jazz Pop) ensemble. The One Voice Harmonic Choir has offered their music at St Paul’s Labyrinth for 10 years coinciding with Jerrys Solo offerings.Jerry also
constructed the Labyrinth at Christ Church Cathedral in 2009.
Kira Van Deusen
“I improvise cello and vocal sounds in concert with the energy of the space and the walkers, listening and playing, watching and singing. What emerges is an expression of the present moment. Occasionally a classical piece sneaks in, and becomes part of the improvisation.”
‘Give Peace a Chant’ brings a unique flavour of devotional chanting to the Labyrinth. Everyone is welcome to sing, dance, walk or simply rest heart and mind; meditating on the healing sound vibrations of simple, traditional Indian bhajans and more complex ancient Sanskrit mantra meditations for peace and healing. It is our favourite venue for co-creating a blissful state called “bhāva” often translated as ‘feeling, emotion, mood, devotional state of mind’. Please join us. New comers are most welcome. www.givepeaceachant.org for more information.
Clarity is Vancouver’s original and only punk Celtic harpist. Classically and chorally trained, Clarity began her harp-enhanced life as a wedding, party, and palliative care musician, with a staid and elegant repertoire of Medieval, Celtic, and classical music. After a dark and dangerous year in the wilds of Norwich, England, she emerged from the ashes of her former self as a musically ambitious punk, hell-bent/heaven-sent on turning the conventional world of harping on its head.
Educated as a writer, Clarity burst upon the scene with her “On the Fringe of the Fringe” production, the one-woman show Clarity Arises. Since then she has performed with the manic 80s synth band Trike, the on-again off-again ballad group Monster Child, and with Vancouver’s accomplished cellist and vocalist Byron Hansen. She has made appearances on the popular SFU radio shows “Melodies in Mind” and “Euanator Radio”. In 2009 she was asked to be the opening act for Goth singer/songwriter Voltaire at the second anniversary of Descent Sundays, Vancouver’s premier Gothspot. Also in 2009 she debuted at the beautifully restored Christ Church Cathedral with her Fringe Festival show “Clarity: Borderline”.
After starting seminary at the Vancouver School of Theology in 2010, Clarity absconded with her smaller harp, Oonagh, to the woods of Gambier Island in the summer of 2011, where she played all summer as the youth pastor at Camp Artaban. When she returned home, she was back to her old punk mischief as she was selected to play Jesus alongside other very talented performers in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster’s production of Godspell, which played to a packed house and rave reviews. She plans to continue collaborating as a stage musician with the same group, who are currently rehearsing for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and is hoping and praying that Jesus Christ Superstar will be next!