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The Breath Of Rumi - An Enchanted Poetry & Music Evening with flutes & drums

'Where Everything is Music' - The Breath of Rumi in wordsand music

An evening of music and poetry of Rumi performed by Paul Cheneour flutes, Lennie Charles percussion and Christopher Head.

With special guest reader, Shirin Nabavi, reading Rumi
in the original Persian

Where Everything Is Music
Don't worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn't matter.

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world's harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.

So the candle flickers and goes out.
We have a piece of flint, and a spark.

This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge
of driftwood along the beach, wanting!

They derive
from a slow and powerful root
that we can't see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.

-- Jalaluddin Rumi

Musicians and performers:

Paul Chenneur:

"Listen for the sound within the silence and the silence within the sound"

Photo of Flute Player & Composer Paul Cheneour .My earliest memory is of throwing back my head and running like the wind across the sandy beaches and rocks in Cornwall, the west country of England. Feeling the spray from the sea and listening to the elements 'humming' around me. The sun always seemed to shine. Then, off to school, which I thought was a good idea, however once there, we didn't have very much in common. Why were they hiding so much? Why were they making us go so slow?

Puberty came and went, painlessly; having a voice that could reach soprano and bass in a moment was fun. And so eventually school and I parted company both eying each other with mutual suspicion. My teenage years were probably as traumatic and as much fun, as for anyone else. It was the late 60's and there was a heady mixture of freedom and revolution in the air and I felt it was time to leave this island (England) and set off on a journey through France, Spain and Morocco, to taste different ways of living and seeing; expanding my horizons. - The real journey had begun, no rehearsals, it was the real thing. It was a time for unlearning and learning, getting lost and being found and looking at this world in wonder. At 18 years of age I proudly announced, "I do not know". Only later realising pride also needed looking at. The person standing before you is doing so despite the system not because of it, although it could also be argued conversely!

Sketch of Paul CheneourAround the world events were unfolding very fast. Was the media coverage essentially hyping it up? Or was it time for a radical change? And I was open to many influences it's difficult to list them all, but the significant early ones were: Spike Milligan, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Ravi Shankar and the Beatles, the first kiss and first love. Later ones include: many esoteric books, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Monty Pythons Flying Circus, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, two near fatal car crashes, severe PTSS (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), and meeting some remarkable people who nudged me to a more wakeful and aware state of being.

Music was the one language that spoke directly to my heart. Then, at 19 years of age, a friend introduced me to the concert flute. Picking it up and feeling it was like coming home. Luckily, since then I have been playing professionally, in many different styles: Classical, Jazz, Fusion, Arab, Indian, now also on Ney flutes, and my own 'pan cultural' or 'world fusion' style.

Here, I must express deep thanks to my Guildhall flute teacher Professor Rainer Schuelein for opening my eyes. My late Mother and Father who gave warm from the heart encouragement, never faltering in their belief in the process. My brothers' and sister's generosity when times were difficult.

Having played and taught for over 33 years, I still delight in and enjoy more exploration. For me the beauty of playing music is that there is no finite end. And the music I heard inside all those years ago as a boy comes through me, I throw back my head and feel the sea, sun and wind running through me, like rain. What a sound! To be alive at this time in our history is a privilege, even with all the struggles and hardships as they do make us stronger.

During an interview I was asked to give my definition of the meaning of Life, which is not, the easiest of questions to answer and after some thought I said: To be or not to be? is neither the question nor the answer as both are full of desire. To live and love unconditionally and participate in the realisation of God's plan is my definition of the meaning of life. Further details on Paul Chenneur at http://www.redgoldmusic.com/ where you can also buy Paul's CDs

Lennie Charles:

Lennie teaches various types of drums and percussion workshops.

Lennie was born in Dominica and came to London at the age of 8yrs. Since leaving a professional career as a dancer lennie has concentred his work within the community arts sector, helping and encouraging children and young people to find and discover their creative path. Since 2004 Lennie has been Associate Director with In Toto Theatre.

Lennie started playing violin at 12 after two short years gave it up for guitar which was a bit more cool but equally demanding. On finishing his career as a dancer lennie turned once again to music, this time he turned his attention towards the Cello all those years listening to Classical music at ballet school and class gave him an appreciation for the music.

He bought his first cello at Record and Type Exchange in Notting Hill for £100.00. He studied with Janet Coles at the City Lit Institute then with David Hughes (James Hesford ) who is married to the formidable Cellist Alfia Berkova. “just being around them hearing them play and practice was a masterclass there fantastic” . Through David’s teaching and his inspirational Cello band the “Cello Rhythmics” was immensely valuable to his devlopement which bought a deeper understanding of music and the instrument.

As part of his cello education various royal college and the imperial music academies to view master classes held by prominent cellist. Later he took up Afro |Cuban Percussion with Neville Murray and joined a group led by him called “Besta Vista” He also studied Panderio, Berimbeu and Percussion with Alex Carlo Texiera & Pedro Lima from Brazil.

Lennie joined Caravansary In 2006 to learn the Persian Daf. Overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of this instrument Lennie and Nihat (Caravansary founder) decided to programme the 1st Caravansary International Frame Festival to spread the word about the world of Frame Drums. Lennie has gone to dedicate himself to the promotion and exposure of Frame Drums throughout the country setting up classes workshops and Festivals.

As well as playing Panderio and Persian Daf he is also studying Riq, Ghavel, Tamburelli & Bodhran. As if that wasn’t enough he has taken a break from Cello playing to study Dilruba with Balu Ji Shrivastwa, and African Kora with Maya Jobartha.

Lennie is Frame Drummer and percussionist for Troianova, the band plays classical modal music fro Turkey Greece Crete & the Middle East.

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  • Simin

    Hi, this is my first meet up in this group and am very excited.

    1 · October 13, 2012

    • Nat T.

      Hi Simin, I hope you enjoyed the evening

      October 14, 2012

  • Nat T.

    Thank you all for coming. I hope you enjoyed the evening, please join http://www.meetup.com/LondonDrumCircle/
    For similar events.

    October 14, 2012

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