Attendees of the recent concert at Unity of Roseville were transformed and transfixed far beyond anyone’s expectations. Last Wednesday evening, November 18, 2015, the sanctuary of this little neighborhood church became a magical wonderland splashed in bright crimson and turquoise.
Dale Bannister’s set design took the audience completely to another level while the sound and lighting created by Steve Walker took it to genius. We were not in a church sanctuary, but in a magical land of color and sound – our senses were sharpened and our anticipation was palatable.
The lights were muted so that all eyes were drawn to the stage where Mary Youngblood, the featured Native American flutist, and Michael Bayard, exceptional percussionist, brought our hearts out in the open to lie before us. Both of these world-renowned musicians were at their best as the massive voice of Dennis Cain seemed to caress the words of Daleela Morad in his narration.
We were invited to travel through and into Nature’s beginnings as we became a part of the pure energy of the four elements. In the process, we were reminded that this, too, is our own beginning – where we know ourselves as pure energy.
Bringing ourselves back to wholeness by realizing and remembering our beginning energy was the vital message this reporter came away with. Closing one’s eyes and simply allowing oneself to float in the energy fields of earth, air, water and fire brought one’s focus fully on the healing vibrations and haunting melodies.
You can ask anyone who attended. One woman recalled to this reporter that even four days later, she was still vibrating on a slow, low hum throughout her whole body – and that healing had begun during the first half-hour of the concert.
Before the reader thinks this is hyperbole, it must be said that Bayard and Youngblood’s whole purpose in bringing the Voice of the Wind Concert to Roseville was to share the healing musical and vibrational melodies with the public. Both of these musicians are deeply committed to healing the world, individual by individual, concert by concert. They have plans to bring the Voice of the Wind Concert to more people and other venues.
Bayard’s background includes Julliard as a teenager and positions as principal percussionist in several major and well-known orchestras. He continues his sound healing concerts in several Northern California venues as well as creating an elementary school program, “Rhythm Magic®”, to introduce children to the variety of ways they can create rhythm. The healing aspect of music has already been documented in scientific journals; and Bayard has been on the front edge of each new finding in the area. Among her awards, Youngblood has earned two Grammys and an Emmy nomination for her albums; and she continues to stretch her influence by utilizing more than one flute at a time and using her own unique and beautiful, haunting voice in vocalization.
This reporter noticed last Wednesday that someone appeared to be filming the event. He had a great vantage point and seemed to have been granted permission to film. So, we might anticipate re-living this concert at a later date. In the meantime, we might want to keep on top of the links offered above, to find out what Mary and Michael may have in store for us… AND when the next Voice of the Wind Concert will be offered.