Story & Mantra as Meditative Performance
Hello there, thank you for taking an interest in my Story & Mantra as Performance. I am currently in Research & Development for this part of my practice, finding deaf friendly ways to share my work. Since becoming hearing impaired, my idea of performance has shifted towards creating a two way healing experience, rather than the traditional view of performance as 'entertainment.'
Story, Meditation Music, Mantra & Reiki have each been central to my own healing journey, but over time, as they have evolved into my daily practice, all the strands of healing have combined into a unique fusion Story Mantra.
In response to this, I began to explore new, inclusive ways to express myself, such as a handpan made to tones that my tinnitus can tolerate; learnt new ways of playing my guitar, as if it were a sitar; experimented with ways of being able to play my djembi drum and am currently in talks with a designer about a new shruti box, where I will have more control of the volume and be able to operate it by foot pedal, meaning I can sit further away from it.
In the video above, I am with my dear friend, Peter Barrett, a leading light in the global world of Kirtan - and also a gifted Sound Engineer. Peter is helping me to find ways of recording that my hearing can tolerate and teaching me how to record myself. Deepest gratitude to him.
My friend Glen Gair, Film Maker and Producer, has been been helping me to set up a home video studio, so that I can share my Story Mantra from home & I have begun to write and create ethnographic digital stories to help grown ups think differently about their world, like this one ...
By overcoming all these obstacles, I have been able to re-awaken parts of myself that I thought would never sing again, and in so doing, I am filled with a deep desire to share my practice as a new kind of meditative performance that helps others to feel calm, peaceful and inspires healing. My intention is to continue to follow my heart and trust the path.