Incredible! The gigs are coming in and each one is special. Check out the 2012 Summer Schedule regularly. It's filling up nicely!
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I don't think I can speak more highly about Sadi Khan, founder and managing director of THE JAM FACTORY (http://www.thejamfactorynh.com) on Elm St. in Manchester, NH. Sadi is working hard to support and promote local artists. He has created a venue that is very actively promoting some very gifted and talented musicians, myself included (ahem!). We actually get a 30-60 minutes slot which is amazing! Additionally, Sadi offers his technical talents to musicians to help them record songs. I recently recorded my award-winning song, THE GIFT, which is now available for purchase at my ReverbNation STORE ( http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_875943?item_ ). I think you will like the song. I've posted the lyrics below.
Kudos to Sadi Khan and the JAM FACTORY. I'll be playing there again on March 12th at 8pm and then again on April 1st around 9pm. Come on out and hear some great music support local musicians!
T H E GIFT c 1997 ** AACI Songwriting Competition Winner
Empty space and empty time - lead to rhythm and to rhyme
When all I've got and all that's mine - I give to you - the gift
In turning over all the pages - all the days that one engages
All the wisdom of the ages - I give to you - the gift
Where one can gather all the dreams - Of how it is and how it seems
And question, still, what it all means - This is for you - the gift
Sit humbly now as we grow old - collecting stories to be told
We dare to be forever bold - we give to you - the gift
When on that day, when in the end - When death is waiting 'round the bend
It is in love we leave, my friend - We leave to you - the gift
Article about the Concert in The Union Leader
The date was January 23, 2011. I was fortunate to be part of a wonderful fundraising effort for the LOVE HOPE STRENGTH organization - their mission: LHSF is an international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to saving lives, one concert at a time. The mission is to save lives, right now, with the advances that have already been made in cancer care.
Audience members signed up for a match - ready to donate for bone marrow patients. The concert was a wonderful acoustic evening with about 5 performers - all of them amazing. I played some songs that I haven't played in a while, some actually never in front of an audience yet. They were chosen with care to match the cause.
The venue, THE JAM FACTORY, in Manchester, NH is run by Sadi Khan, who also maintains a web presence on Facebook where you can view clips from the concert:
Whisper by the Sea
I always enjoy working for a cause and this is a very good one!
Thanks to Angie of the Crystal Jade Shop in Salem, NH we had a wonderful concert at the Holiday Inn. I kicked off the concert with Hebrew Psalms and songs for healing - dedicated to the healing efforts now needed after the terrible Carmel fires in Israel. Following my set was a group concert with didgereedoos, gongs, crystal bowls and native flutes and percussion. I joined in with my egg shaker and also benefitted from the healing effects of the music. Sound Healing is worth your time!
December is looking good. I have a number of concerts coming up - all unique and in cozy venues. It will be good to be "in the music" again. It's been too long away from it. I'll be starting off with a concert in Keene, NH at the Toadstool Bookshop - two hours to play beautiful music for anyone and everyone who enters the store. Following that I have two music-filled weekends with a number of concerts one after the other, then the next weekend to a wonderful weekend retreat in Cape Cod. To top it off, just around the corner on December 15th I will present an experiential concert of my Hebrew Psalms. Chanukah begins on December 1st to kick off the winter holiday season of Light. Enjoy the season and the wonderful array of musical events.
Posted on Oct 08, 2010 at 07:09 PM
I was blessed to be able to partake again this year in the 15th Annual Fall Conference of the NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the NH Pain Initiative. The conference featured some very fine Keynote speakers; Ira Byock, MD and Jeanne S. Twohig, MPA amongst them, as well as wealth of lecturers in the field. My part in the conference was to provide beautiful music for comfort, healing and relaxation.
As a Sound Healer/Therapeutic musician I always embrace the moments I get to share some of the more profound music and songs that I have in my repertoire; the music that works best "in service" as opposed to as "entertainment". Sometimes, in a situation such as a conference, rather than at bedside, the two types of music sometimes overlap, the line is somewhat blurred. In any case, for me this is an opportunity to play some of the songs I truly love and feel perhaps deeper in my heart and soul whereas in the entertainment venues they would simply put people to sleep!
I look forward to being able to play "in service" more often. I feel that I am rewarded just by the opportunity and experience as much as those listening feel comforted by my beautiful music
Posted on Oct 04, 2010 at 12:52 AM
I've had a fantastic musical weekend. Unfortunately there were not a lot of people out to enjoy it with me. I was shocked that the artists and musicians at the ArtWalk were providing their art to so few attendees this year. I've never seen it so empty. Sign of the times? I can never tell. In any case, *I* had a wonderful musical time. I managed to get some good video clips finally and recorded some of the songs that I know people love a lot. Now they will be available to see and to hear! I've put them up on my websites. I also got to spend some time with fellow singer-songwriter and therapeutic musician, Beverly Rush. We were playing the same venues one after the other. We joined up every now and then on a song and had a blast. Then we enjoyed our post-show shmooze at the Cafe Europa on Main St. Nashua. YUM!! Who knew the lunch cafe turned into real high class fancy dining in the evening? It was delicious - and so was our time together. Topping off the weekend was a private affair. I played covers for this one and actually enjoyed it. I haven't done the covers scene for a while so it felt like a warm visit with old friends. Hey, and I have to say, though I didn't expect it, all gigs were paid ones this time around. Thanks the L-rd! I can now pay a few more bills. All good!
Please take the time to watch the new video clips and enjoy the music. Don't forget to spread it around
Posted on Sep 26, 2010 at 11:27 PM
Fun times at the Jam Factory managed by Sadi Khan. Sadi is promoting local and original music. He's just getting off the ground and I was honored to be given a featured spot last night. Living up to the venue's name, I had the pleasure of having an instant band when Sadi said he could play the djembe. I always love finding great musicians who can just jump right in and add to the sound. Another great moment was my friend, Greg Salts coming up to blow his amazing SHOFAR while I scatted around it on my song, Deep Cries to Deep. With Sadi on the djembe I was right back in the desert feeling my tribal roots! Greg shot some video that I've yet still to view. It should be somewhere up on youtube very soon, if not already. Search for JAM FACTORY with VINTAGE GOLD MUSE and SADI KHAN.
Following my set was DRIFTING SON. WOW! What a band! I was blown away. If you get the chance to see them you won't regret it.
I'll be featured at the Jam Factory again on October 17th at 3:00pm. Come on over and joion in the fun. SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS and their ORIGINAL MUSIC