Are you fascinated by the healing and harmonic resonance of the Gong? Whether you are new to playing the gong or an experienced player, this workshop will offer a new perspective on how to work with this powerful sound current. Expand your relationship with the gong in a way that is transformative yet liberating, playful and creative. No prior experience playing the gong is necessary. Learn a number of gong strokes and playing techniques that will deepen your understanding and experience with the gong. Novices will get a solid base of playing techniques and deep listening exercises to help enter into an active state of meditation while playing. More experienced gong players will get an expanded vocabulary of sonic possibilities, subtleties and dynamics in producing various sounds, textures and tone qualities. We will also focus on playing the gong in different settings – individual therapy, group experience and Savasana.
We will have a small selection of gongs to practice with during the workshop. We will have to take turns playing. Participants are encouraged to hold a respectful and meditative space while they are playing and while they are listening to others play. Participants are welcome to bring their own gong(s) to practice with as well. If you plan on bringing a gong, please contact us and arrive 15-30 min early to set up your gong and stand.
*Open to all! No prior experience playing the gong or ownership of a gong necessary!
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An exploratory and experiential training deepening one’s gong practice and taking participants to a new level in playing and understanding of working with gong sound and gong music. The focus of this training is making music with gongs in a group. The player is invited to deepen their connection to the gong as a musical instrument capable of having broad effects on consciousness and the player is asked to move beyond protocols into a music of the moment. Mike will immerse participants in a series of creative exercises, group improvisations and meditative listening experiences. We will refine playing techniques, explore rhythm and dynamics, strengthen our listening and improvisational skills, learn loose composition and deepen our personal sonic vocabulary. As a group, we will explore blending our playing with Multiple Gongs and other instruments (singing bowls, bells, strings) and other musicians in the sonic field. We will compose and improvise together as a group.
*All Levels Welcome
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November 2019 ~ Seattle, Washington
Dates and details to be announced soon
Join Mike Tamburo for an innovative and experiential five-day workshop that explores the creative potential of gongs and other metal instruments within intentional composition and improvisational music as an ensemble. Together, we will tap into the therapeutic potential of working with gongs as an individual and as a musical collective.
Through creative exercises, group improvisations and meditative listening experiences, we will refine and experiment with playing techniques, learn loose composition (structure, phrasing, etc.) and deepen our personal sonic vocabulary. As an ensemble, we will explore blending our playing with other musicians and other instruments in the soundscape.
This is a great course for anyone interested in group composition and group playing, musicians seeking to add meditative and transformational elements to their practice and play. and “non-musicians” to discover their innate connection to the true power and collective power of music.
Days One and Two: Technique and listening.
As a foundation, we will consider and practice the basic elements and skills important in solo and group playing, as well developing a meditative mind and energetic sensitivity. Learners will leave with a new awareness to their touch and their tone (mallet to the gong), an increased skill set to physically play the gong, and knowledge on the musical potential of gongs in terms of dynamics, rhythm, structure, tone, harmony and improvisation.
Days Three, Four and Five: Deeply Exploring Soundscapes As An Ensemble.
Learners will explore many types of gong playing sessions and structure through practice, group improvisation, loose composition/creating structure with sound, and blending other instruments in the soundscape. We will also practice these skills beyond our classroom walls, as we venture out to explore some of Seattle’s unique surrounding soundscapes.
We will delve into the dynamics of an ensemble (or band) to further develop dynamic listening, group communication, self and group expression, improvisation and expanding our creative palette. A lot of our learning will come from the experience of playing in and being directed as both large and small groups. Learners will develop a sensitivity to listening to and working with others while still owning their individual sound within the collective soundscape. We will write and create music together. Learners will gain skills and techniques to create new ideas for their own sessions, and confidence to respond creatively in the moment.
This course uses a large variety of gongs (Paiste, Meinl, Sean Aceto, Chau, Feng Wind, Thai, Yun), along with other instruments such as metallophones (free note bars, tuned triangles, gong oblongs, bell plates, Burma bells, singing bowls, bells, etc.) and percussion instruments (drums, wood blocks, shakers, etc.).
Your own gong and metal instruments will be highly regarded and welcomed!
This is an opportunity to learn, explore and play with a small yet diverse group of sound lovers in an intimate setting. Our hopes are that you will walk away more thoughtful musicians and artists, more dynamic listeners, creative thinkers and communicators. Mike Tamburo has spent a lifetime exploring this as practice and is grateful to act as a guiding force in your journey into sound.
Gong Creations is open to all levels of gong players (even new players). No matter your experience level, Gong Creations requires great flexibility and an open mind. We will listen more than we play.
A world of changing tones emerges from the gong each time it is struck. We are looking forward to exploring the world of sound with you!
I have a new level of confidence and feel more informed and skilled! This was priceless, affirming and generous. I felt the respect and honoring that pervaded the class and the space we all held for each other….kudos for making the class a natural, organic, most loving and kind….that is a huge heartfelt talent you two carry. DEEP BOW from me
Vast knowledge, passion and experience delivered as an authentic offering from the heart. Sharing your passions, wonders, curiosities, and encouraging us in a supportive nonjudgmental way to make this work our own. Many thanks!
Knowledgeable, enchanting, talented, unmatched in the way they heal, inform and inspire. The training truly opened up a whole new perspective in sound healing resonance and enhanced my confidence in playing. I am honored to know Mike & Gallina.
Both level one & two trainings were amazing! Such gifted teachers who work excellently as a team. Very patient and great at explaining the art of gong playing, as well as the art of listening to the gong. They inspired me to acquire 5 gongs and accessories and to set up my own sound therapy business.
Teachers who live & teach in such intelligent, profound & progressive way! The depths of listening so beautiful & contagious, which make accessible profound ways of experiencing consciousness
Impressive array of gongs, and mallets and other sound healing instruments with detailed instruction.
Having never played before I found the experience invaluable to try many different styles of gongs and to learn all the helpful pointers when it comes to making a purchase in gong, mallet, etc. A heartfelt and informed presentation. The wealth of info from Mike and Gallina inform and inspire!
As a beginner in gong playing all the information was valuable. You both explained the craft with great detail and passion. Well presented with great hosts.
The training opened up a new way of seeing and approaching the gong. Very happy!
Very well thought out and progressive. The material unfolded in a natural manner. The teachers were authentic and committed to their craft. Having the windfall of gongs and materials to practice with and experience was priceless!
Having taken both gong trainings with Mike and Gallina as well as trainings with several other Gong Masters, I can say that unlike other teachers, Crown of Eternity goes well beyond the technique of how to play the gong “right” and into cultivating Gong players with artistry, musicality, subtlety, and intuitive presence into the healing space. In other words, they support the player to find his/her own playing style and to cultivate the ability to tune into a space and truly allow the instruments to release their healing capacity in a skillful manner. Incredibly open, accepting, seasoned players, musicians, and skillful teachers...who also have an awesome collection of instruments which they play so well!