Sadhana of Sound & Listening: Absorption in Indian Classical Melodies
with Eric Fraser on the Bansuri (bamboo) flute and Naren Budhkar on tabla
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Join Eric Fraser for a captivating sound meditation in the form of an Indian Classical music concert. Eric will present raga music in a traditional format: improvising within the structure of ancient melodic formulas to invoke particular subtleties of mind and emotion, contained within and supported by trance-inducing rhythm cycles.
In a brief lecture before the concert, Eric will share about his experience as an official disciple of Pandit Gopal Roy, acclaimed flute player of a cherished, rare, and particularly contemplative musical gharana (lineage) of West Bengal. For over a decade Eric has studied with his Guruji in a traditional "gurukshisha" style: an intimate guru-disciple relationship that allows for the most potent transmission of musical teachings and the treasured nuances of the lineage.
The sadhana (rich, heartfelt practice) of this music can extend beyond the deep meditation of the artist to you as the audience. As a listener, you can engage in a sadhana of deep listening. The melodies and rhythm cycles of the Indian Classical format offer the active listener pathways into inner landscape of emotion and consciousness. The music tells stories, teaches, inspires and transports, and develops gradually, building slowly to ecstatic realms.