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Notes regarding our events, concerts, workshops, tours, etc.

Drumming for Peace! - September 21

Join us for Drumming for Peace!, September 21 at 7:30pm at Crossroads United Church.

Drumming for Peace! is an intercultural and interfaith gathering of drummers of all skill levels - beginners welcome! We will have drums and percussion on hand for 50 or more participants, bring your own drum if you have one so more can attend. We'll be laying down meditative grooves, improvising chanted prayers for peace, dancing around the labyrinth. Curious passive participants welcome, active contribution encouraged. A free event, but please bring a donation for our local food bank.

Drumming for Peace! is part of the Global Synchronized Meditation for World Peace organized by Unify.org to celebrate International Day of Peace.

Event Address
Crossroads United Church, 7655 120 Street (Scott Road), Delta, BC

Thanks to our partners! Surrey Interfaith Council, Naad Intercultural Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Crossroads United Church.

Soulstice! A Celebration of the Returning of the Light - December 21

photo: alicepopkorn, ccJoin us for Soulstice: A Celebration of the Returning of the Light, Friday, December 21 at 7pm at Crossroads United Church in Delta, BC.

An evening of intercultural music-making and celebrating, a drum circle, a jam session, a dance, embodied prayer, rhythm and life: Soulstice is all of these things! So bring a drum, bring a friend, come join in the rhythm and song, or just come because you're curious... 

If you don't have your own instrument, don't let that stop you! We will have 25 djembes and other drums and percussion available for people to share and enjoy.

Free admission, but please bring a donation for our local food banks.

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster and put it up anywhere you can think of! We'll see you on the 21st...

A Black and White Christmas wins Hamilton Music Award!

Neeraj Prem accepting our Hamilton Music AwardA Black and White Christmas, our recent Christmas album with sitar maestro, Neeraj Prem, just won a Hamilton Music Award for best religious recording! Neeraj was able to attend the gala on our behalf (thanks, Neeraj!) to hear the results and accept the award, a lovely treble clef statuette which you see him holding here.

So if you haven't yet purchased any award-winning Christmas music as a gift this year, now is the time. :) Available through our production company, MelodicArts Media as a CD or as a digital download. You can also get A Black and White Christmas through iTunes and all other major download services around the world.

A big thanks to all of you for your support of independent music, and of uniquely intercultural projects such as this one! And a big thanks to Neeraj for his friendship and his musical gifts.

Advent Tour 2012

Madonna and childPlans are in place for what has become an annual tradition, singing songs for the Advent season with communities in the greater Vancouver area and on Vancouver Island. Our calendar is pretty full for December (details on our events page)! Contact us if you'd like more information, and please join us if you can or help us spread the word!

Intercultural Jugalbandi! - October 28 and 30

launch concert for A Black and White Christmas, 2010Neeraj Prem, a sitar maestro and our good friend from Hamilton, Ontario, is coming to the West Coast for a couple of joint concerts with me on the North Indian bansuri and western flutes, and with the incomparable Amarjeet Singh on tabla. We'll be sharing the ancient tradition of jugalbandi, which literally means "entwined twins," a duet between two solo instruments.

Our concerts are at Crossroads United Church in Delta, BC, Sunday, October 28, at 6:30pm, sponsored by the Naad Foundation, and at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, Tuesday, October 30, at 7pm.

Neeraj and I have toured together before, and a couple of years ago we recorded a fabulous Christmas album, A Black and White Christmas, which you can download and purchase just about anywhere on the internet, or directly from us at www.melodicarts.com. Christmas is coming again, so consider giving some wonderful intercultural Christmas music as a gift this year :)

We're really looking forward to making music together again, and to sharing it with all who can join us. We hope to see you at one of our concerts, and please help us spread the word!

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