Rhythms of Life – Nafas
New Australian music created by a cross cultural ensemble featuring Yama Sarshar.
WHEN: Friday Sept 9, 8.00pm
What is it that we all share?Â Is it our love of material things, the love of God, our interests, our history?
Maybe itâ€™s the Silence?
If I am silent now, what do I hear?
If I listen in the usual way, Iâ€™ll hear someone next to me, shuffling, people talking â€“ always talking! All types of external noises.
Maybe we can listen in a way that is not taught at school?
If I try to listen to what is going on inside me, I am constantly taken by my thoughts, swirling, unstable, thoughtsâ€¦I try againâ€¦The first real thing I will hear isÂ NAFAS â€“ the breath! The one indisputable constant of my life.
If I continue to listen in the right way, I â€˜feelâ€™ the inside of my body. The stomach rising and falling, arhythm!
I listen further and discover tensions in my body, maybe in the neckâ€¦NAFASâ€¦my neck responds.
I hear the outside world in a different wayâ€¦I am more connected to the outside world, not separateâ€¦NAFASâ€¦
In an instant the connection is goneâ€¦ Life as it wasâ€¦ butÂ NOW we can always come back toNAFAS with a different experience, our own understanding.
NAFAS is a musical collaboration between six musicians from different backgrounds and musical traditions but all with an interest in theÂ â€˜Rhythms of Lifeâ€™.
Yama Sarshar (Tabla) andÂ Masi Sarshar (Harmonium) are Afghani Australians, born and bred in Blacktown and from a long line of Afghani musicians.
Philippe Lincy was born in Guadeloupe and has studied African drumming in Guinea and other parts of Africa.
Bukhchuluun Ganburged has recently arrived from Mongolia and is a renowned throat singer and horse fiddle player.
Chris Field is a third generation drummer from the USA, he has studies Tabla and plays and teaches western drums.
Richard Petkovic (Music Director) has worked with contemporary music for 20 years with a deep interest in creating cross cultural music and has studied with world music practitioners to deepen his ability toÂ listen.
Nature has a cycle of rhythms. Sun up, sunset. Wax and wane of the moon. Tides of the oceanâ€¦
Our life has a cycle, from no-thing and silence to a very small beginning, learning to walk and talk, forming of personalities, testing boundaries, a surge for independence, a search for experience, attitudes, postures, our self importance and self interest, the inevitable crash and crisis and hopefully, the readjusting to a bigger pictureâ€¦and in the end..Silence!
We all have a rhythm, we are all part of a rhythm!
â€˜As above, So belowâ€™