The Gyuto Monks Tibetan Tantric Choir will return to Centennial Hall this coming Saturday for the first time in years.
What makes their chanting different is that each of these Gyuto monks have trained for years to learn how to sing as much as an entire chord at once.
"What's really special is that these monks can sing multiple tones simultaneously," said Jonathan Holden, a UApresents publicist. "It makes a half-dozen people sound like a 30- or 40-person choir. It's a very altering experience."
The singing is just a part of their intense religious training, which also includes yoga techniques, meditation and the study of Buddhist scripture.
"This form of chanting is a part of a sacred ritual; it's a practice. It's their yoga, as it were," Holden said.
When China took over Tibet in 1959, the Gyuto monks fled with the Dalai Lama from Lhasa, Tibet, where they had been living for centuries. The Gyuto monks are now living in exile, as are many other Buddhist sects, Holden said. The Gyuto monks are currently based out of a monastery near Dharamsala, India.
Most monks enter the monastery during childhood, eventually attainting the equivalent of a doctorate, Holden said.
When Grateful Dead artist Mickey Hart learned of the Gyuto monks in the 1980s, he worked to bring them from their monastery to the United States for a concert tour. They came through Tucson during that original tour, Holden said, and performed at Centennial Hall.
Tickets to the concert are $15 and up (with additional student, child and senior discounts) and can be purchased at UApresents box-office locations and at uapresents.org. --T.M.
It's hot outside, but it's not quite 110 degrees time yet. But that will change this Thursday (the day this issue officially hits the streets), when a group of youths release the seventh issue of their magazine, 110°: Tucson's Youth Tell Tucson's Stories, with a reading.
The magazine was an after-school job for the 30 young writers and photographers who worked on this issue, project coordinator Rachel Villarreal said. The kids get a stipend to work on the magazine.
The kids learn every phase of putting the magazine together, under the guidance of mentors, professionals and UA graduate students.
The stories are mostly personal essays written by Tucson youth ages 14 to 21, Villarreal said. She said the kids come up with their own ideas for stories and take their own photos.
Villarreal said this issue tackles subjects such as access to mental health care, having a sibling at war in Iraq and immigration.
Contributor Roxy Alansury, 19, has been working with Voices: Community Stories Past and Present Inc., the nonprofit that produces the magazine, since last summer.
"It's just a really great opportunity for high school kids," Alansury said. "It's a great place to just have the time to think creatively without any limitations; it's an extremely diverse and accepting business."
Alansury will have a story she wrote about her experience with Child Protective Services published in this issue.
The event is free, but donations will be requested. For more information, go to voicesinc.org. --T.M.
There is much more to flamenco dance than a pretty girl with a fan. See for yourself during Domingo Flamenco, an instructional flamenco workshop, followed by a special performance that showcases live music and dancing.
Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo, co-directed by the husband-and-wife team of Jason and Mele Martinez, encourages you to discover the heart of flamenco dance--the music. The three-part workshop will include a cante (singing) session, a percussion session and a guitar session.
"We're just trying to get a flamenco community going," she says.
The workshop's teachers, including legendary flamenco artists from the National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque, N.M., all have years of experience with all things flamenco: the hand-clapping technique, called the palmas; the cajon, or the flamenco drum; singing; and the guitar.
Workshop teachers include Vicente Griego, from the University of New Mexico's flamenco program; guitarist Ricardo Anglada; and Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo's own Jason Martinez.
The performance will feature American Flamenco Repertory Company dancer Alisa Alba, who will be joined by workshop teachers and Flamenco del Pueblo Viejo dancers for a live music improvisation.
"It will be a taste of the true essence of flamenco," Mele Martinez says of the special performance and workshop.
Workshop tickets are $30 each, or $75 for all three sessions; tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door for the 6 p.m. performance, which includes a tapas and paella dinner. For more information about the workshops, call 309-8762; for performance tickets, call Casa Vicente at 884-5253. --L.H.
Need an excuse to listen to your iPod at work? Get in touch with your senses and learn healing techniques through the power of music during a two-day event with author, lecturer and musician Don Campbell.
Campbell is the author of more than 20 books, including The Mozart Effect, which discusses the impact of music on health and wellness. He has graced the classical Billboard Music Charts and has completed research with sound and psychic acoustics throughout the nation and worldwide. In 2006, he was invited to perform in Austria at the 250th birthday celebration of Mozart.
The expert will offer information about how music is used in health care and education. His lecture, "Sound Spirit: Music and the Powers That Heal," suggests new tools for incorporating music into a busy schedule.
"It's important for us to know how our environment affects our homes, work and health," says Campbell.
The next morning, Campbell will provide vocal techniques with regard to sound and imagery in an interactive workshop.
"It's a sound diet for your ears, body and brain," he says.
Campbell will also focus on vocal meditations and posture. He will teach attendees how to tune the ears and voice--and assures no singing experience is required. The workshop can help reduce stress, revitalize the mind and inspire creativity, Campbell says. The lecture and workshop will provide skills to include music in your everyday routine.
Tickets for the Tuesday night lecture are $25, and $85 for the Wednesday workshop. For reservations, call 721-6646. --L.H.