"The World is Sound" - Joachim-Ernst Berendt We are surrounded by sound, we are sound and everything around us is vibrational and emits frequencies. The Experiential Sound Series offers you a different experience in listening versus watching and hearing. These are not performances, but experiences to participate in and deepen your listening and experiencing abilities. Programs range from a Soundwalk with Composer Dean Rosenthal, to an evening of participants experiencing the effects of sounds in their own bodies led by SingBeWell song leader Roberta Kirn to an evening of meditative piano to a Sound Bath with a variety of vibrational healing instruments. Learn how sound can become a tool in your life and change your relationship to listening. Feel free to bring mats or blankets and pillows to make your self comfortable on the floor, or chairs are available, maybe something to cover your eyes. This series is organized by Sound Practitioner Valerie Sonnenthal.
Monday evening events will run from 5:30-6:30PM, please come and settle in early.
July 15 – Flutes and Piano: Jan Hulka and David Stanwood Settle in, sit, lie down, make yourself at home, close your eyes and listen to the improvisational sound journey of meditative piano played by piano officiando/musician David Stanwood along with the magic of a variety of flutes passionately played by healer Jan Hulka, a holistic health practitioner. Jan Hulka is a passionate flautist and a practitioner of healing arts from the Czech Republic. He plays many varied styles of bamboo flutes from Kiowa Native, Shakuhachi, Arabian, Egyptian, from meditation flutes to penny whistles. The most unique sound comes from Fujara, his homeland’s traditional instrument. David Stanwood lives in Lamberts Cove, West Tisbury and has been the Island’s own piano tuner since 1979. As a pianist he performs and records in his own improvisational and meditative piano style. He also enjoys collaborating in multi media presentations with musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists. Learn more at www.stanwoodpiano.com.
August 19 – Dean Rosenthal: SoundWalk Composer Dean Rosenthal will lead a group on a SoundWalk through the grounds of the Featherstone campus. Together, participants will discover unique listening posts along a path and hear the area in a new way, focusing on the particular and special sounds of the Featherstone campus. An introduction to the walk will be provided when the group meets. Dean Rosenthal is an American composer of contemporary and experimental music, field recordings, digital pastiche, sound collage, and installations; performer, writer on music, and theorist; his instrumental music has been described as "thorny" and "modernist" (The New Yorker). His works are performed, broadcast, choreographed, and installed internationally, primarily in North America and Europe. His writings have been published in The Open Space Magazine, The Ear Reader, and other prominent contemporary publications. Most recently he has worked closely with Guggenheim Fellow David Parker's dance company The Bang Group, utilizing contemporary dance to express his instrumental music. Since 2012, he has made his home on Martha's Vineyard, where he composed his ongoing international performance piece Stones/Water/Time/Breath. In 2016 this piece was given a 10 city, 3 country performance as part of the international Make Music Day festival, inaugurating an annual event that celebrated its’ fourth year in 2019. Learn more at www.deanrosenthal.org.
September 9 – Roberta Kirn – SING for the Soul Roberta Kirn will lead a group in singing, heightening the vibratory effect of one's own voice resonating through your body and feeling the effects of being surrounded by other voices as a way to experience calm and joy. No singing experience required, just a willingness to open one's heart. Roberta Kirn is a singer, percussionist, and dancer who believes that everyone can sing and that singing together brings us into deeper connection with ourselves and each other. Raising our voices, becoming more grounded in our bodies, and having a communal experience of rhythm, melody, and harmony is a deeply healing experience that can be shared across age, gender, race, class, and culture. When we sing, we feel our common humanity and our hearts open. We are energized and uplifted. Roberta has been leading community singing on Martha’s Vineyard and throughout the world for more than 20 years. Learn more at BeWellSing.com.
October 7 – Tuning Fork Re-Tuning Valerie Sonnenthal and her assistants will offer a chorus of Tuning Forks, come and experience the power of these simple instruments and the calming reset of your nervous system. Close your eyes and just listen as the vibrational sounds move around you and around the room. She was introduced to tuning forks through Biosonics creator Dr. John Beaulieu who says, "Tapping two BioSonic tuning forks will instantaneously alter your body’s biochemistry and bring your nervous system, muscle tone and organs into harmonic balance. In seconds … your body enters a deep state of relaxation. Feeling centered, your mind will be at peace…" She has enjoyed her continued studies with him ever exploring the depth of sound and healing. Valerie Sonnenthal had her first Sound Healing experience in San Miguel de Allende in 2014, came home, bought a monochord by Feeltone and has never looked back. She received a Sound Practitioner Certification from the NYC's Open Center's Sound Music Institute, and has studied with Biosonics tuning fork creator John Beaulieu, monochord with Martina Glaser-Boehme of Feeltone, Sylvia Nakkach, Pat Moffit Cook, Don Conreaux and many other inspiring sound lovers. She offers Restorative Sound Baths for the public at Peaked Hill Studio, at Windemere Nursing and Rehab Center, and Camp Jabberwocky besides Sound events, ceremonies and individual treatment. Learn more at www.peakedhillstudio.com.