The Elysian Centre is excited to announce that musical shaman Ravi Freeman is returning to offer two new events in March 2022. There will be an evening of Kirtan and Ecstatic Chants with Cacao on Saturday 19 March and an Overtone Singing and Voice workshop on Sunday 20 March. Full details of each event below.
Bookings via PAYPAL to ravikora5[at]gmail.com stating event date and The Elysian Centre as the reference. For more information contact The Elysian Centre 01797 224588/07958 991195.
MARCH 19 7.00pm-9.00pm:
WORLD KIRTAN & ECSTATIC CHANTS with CACAO with RAVI FREEMAN
£25/£20 without Cacao
A transformational experience of devotional singing with songs & chants from around the world plus sound journey. The evening consists of an hour of singing followed by a sound journey, including gong bath, and ends with more singing.
Chairs provided. If you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring a cushion,
MARCH 20 10.30am – 4.30pm:
OVERTONE SINGING & VOICE WORKSHOP with RAVI FREEMAN
A transformational journey of discovery into the voice that includes:
- exploration of overtone singing
- chakra toning: voicing tones that activate the body’s chakras
- voice work: exercises to open the voice
- mantras, songs & chants from around the world
- sound journey and gong bath
A voice workshop with a focus on overtone singing and developing the power of the singing voice. Ravi is known for his ability to convey both the technical aspects as well as the esoteric and healing components of overtone singing. Even for those who do not think of themselves as singers, these workshops give confidence in finding your natural and powerful voice. Those of you who are already singers will find greater depths and possibilities in your voice. Finding our natural sound, breathing from the diaphragm, creating the mouth shapes for overtone singing, expanded listening and finally, hearing our own overtones clearly. We shall also sing together as a choir and explore the self healing and healing effects of harmonics.
“Breath and the sound of the voice are existential imperatives, one cannot wish them away. They connect us directly with our divine souls”
Overtone sounds resonate in harmony with nature from the smallest atom to the planets and galaxies. Tuning in to these vibrations using the voice and other instruments allows a deeper contact with the psyche and spirit. As you learn to produce overtones with the voice and listen to the sounds of the gongs, Tibetan bowls and tambura, a heightened sensitivity, awareness, peacefulness, cleansing, healing and deepened meditation emerge. This workshop is for people of all abilities. It is not necessary to be able to sing. In the workshop we will make contact with our natural power sound, free the body and breath and learn to produce a variety of overtone sounds – two tones from the same voice.
Chairs provided. If you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring a cushion. There are food outlets nearby, or you can bring food to share.
“Ravi is a rare talent – a musical shaman who knows no fear. He has been an inspiration to us over the years as he continues to cross borders and boundaries in his quest for musical expression and freedom” Deva Premal & Miten
Ravi is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and one of the longest established Western players of the kora (West African harp). His music is the result of a lifetime exploring the edge, through world music, tribal cultures, throat singing and a journey that has taken him from India to the Amazon. As well as over 20 CDs, international performances and workshops, and the invention of the electric/stereo kora, Ravi has worked with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Jon Lord, Phil Manzanera, Baaba Maal, Dr John, Ronu Majumdar and Marlui Miranda. His most recent albums are “Songs for the Golden Age” and “Two Rivers” with master flautist Adrian Freedman.
Ravi has led workshops and lectured at universities, schools and centres around the world. During the workshop, Ravi will also share some of the stories and history behind different voice styles, instruments and their cultures, all from direct experience.
“Wow Ravi I’m still deeply feeling yesterday’s kora and cacao. My heart is so open and full of gratitude for the experience. As someone who hasn’t really sung since I was a child, as my dad made some off the cuff joke about me having a bad singing voice, I was blown away by how safe and comfortable I felt to be able to sing and not feel judged. It was amazing, thank you. I began really working with tantric mantra meditation after my 1st baby died just over 2 years ago but never in front of anyone, so it was unbelievably liberating.” Lucy Lu
“I would recommend Ravi’s events to anyone of all levels, especially those looking for a more intuitive, embodied and self healing exploration of their voice.” Lily Ann Bonny (Singer Songwriter)
“Since attending Ravi’s vocal workshop I have discovered a passion for throat singing, not only has my confidence grown by reclaiming my inner harmony but I also found that my thyroid has improved. Looking forward to future sessions.” Surriya Walters
“Ravi is a sound wizard who has an amazing ability to create a blissful experience, his music has got history and stories, and he can bring a group alive by creating a lively atmosphere and inviting all to sing through call and response. Time flies when immersed in the sounds and singing and this presence awakens one from the inside out. I highly recommend this experience to everyone” Amor Armitage (Yoga teacher)
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti – May All Beings Know Peace