LOGISTICS FOR HOSTING MIKE TAMBURO
I like to play in Yoga studios, Wellness or Spiritual Centers, Art Galleries, Theaters, Retreat Centers, Festivals, Private property * NOTE: All of my offerings are based on deep conscious listening/meditative experiences which require a sensitive space with minimal distraction or extra noise (i.e. no loud HVAC systems, or neighboring events or classes).
Ideally 1,000 sq ft or larger Needs to fit my Gong Rack - 14x8 ft plus whatever else I might pull out of the van. Allow space for a minimum of 30-50 people lying down on yoga mats
For a 2 hr event I need a 7 hr block of time: Set up - comfortable 3 hrs Break down - comfortable. My instrument set up is quite extensive and takes time to put together and take apart. ***Help from someone in the community for load in (20-30 minutes), Set tear down after the concert (20-30 Minutes) and Load out (20-30 minutes) can make things go much smoother.
* NOTE for busy yoga studios - we can be creative and set up around class schedules if we can leave our set up during classes.
Please contact me to discuss our minimum guarantee which varies depending on the type of event or venue.
Sound and Meditation Concert (Generally 2-3 hours) Most Popular Offering***
Allow yourself to enter a timeless space of listening as Crown of Eternity's Mike Tamburo orchestrates his way through 40+ overtone rich instruments including Gongs, Bells, Hammered Dulcimer and tuned metal instruments. Listeners have described Mike Tamburo's music as an adventure in listening; sonic bliss; a deep and lasting vibrational rejuvenation for body and soul; a profound aesthetic experience; a journey through the senses and a perceptual rollercoaster. Allow yourself to be still and listen.
This experience includes several sitting meditations where participants will be lead through toning, listening and breathing exercises accompanied by hammered dulcimer or zither followed by a long sound healing lay out and relaxation performed on Gongs and Bells.
Sonic Sleepover with Mike Tamburo - (Generally 5-9 hours)
Experience the power of sound as Mike Tamburo transports you through the night with a timeless journey of tone and pulsation that bathes listeners in waves of vibration.
The deep complex overtones of multiple gongs and bells resonate continuously through the night, melting away boundaries between being awake and asleep, between inside and outside. Meditate or sleep through the night as Mike Tamburo tones and harmonizes you into the deepest conscious sleep. Mike Tamburo's All Night sessions are powerful experiences that listeners have described as being transformational and life changing.
SOUND MEDITATION & SOUND HEALING WORKSHOPS
Conscious Listening Workshop (Generally 2-3 hours)
Learn to listen deeply to the sounds of your inner and outer worlds - to your heart and to your soul. Explore the infinite moment as you attune to your inner sounds and the deepest levels of silence. By listening deeply we can open a space of great understanding, self experience and self transformation. Attune yourself to your sound current through powerful meditations, gongs, bells, vocal toning and listening techniques. Open yourself to a deeper sensitivity that will connect you to life in a whole new way.
Exploring Sound and Perception Through The Gong and The Voice (Generally 2 - 3 hours)
Join Mike Tamburo for a dynamic journey into the nature of sound, listening and consciousness. This gong and voice based workshop touches on how we perceive and relate to sound, time and space and on how sound affects consciousness. We will build a fundamental understanding of tone and timbre, the harmonic series and inharmonics as well as exploring new ways to relate dynamically to the spectrum of sounds that both the gong and the voice produce. Though this is mostly a lecture and demonstration, there will be a short gong meditation as well as several group vocal exercises and meditations.
Sound Healing for Stress Relief (Generally 2 - 3 hours)
Immerse yourself in vibration, listen deeply, breathe and relax as Mike Tamburo creates the perfect soundtrack to support you in stress relief, self-healing, contemplative listening and relaxation through his sound orchestrations on multiple gongs,bells, plates and tuned metal. Explore your inner landscape through gentle movements and yoga, breathing exercises, listening exercises and vocal toning. Great for beginners to sound meditation.
A Day of Sound Healing (Generally 5 - 9 hours)
Join Mike Tamburo for a transformational and grounding full day of Sound Healing and Sound Meditation. This workshop includes powerful breath meditations, listening exercises, toning, short sound relaxations, simple movements as well as a long experience with Gongs and Bells.
Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing (Generally 2 - 3 hours)
Join Mike Tamburo for a powerful Kundalini Yoga and Sound Therapy experience. Do a deep practice of a Kriya, Pranayamas, Chanting and Relaxation to an epic soundtrack of hammered dulcimer, zither, guitar, gongs and bells.
GONG TRAININGS AND INSTRUCTION
Introduction to Gong Playing (Generally 5 - 9 hours)
Join Mike Tamburo for a fun and experiential introduction to gong playing. Learn a few simple strokes, rhythm exercises, playing and listening techniques and get a cursory understanding of how to begin to improvise and explore the complexities and power of the gong.
Gong for Empowerment: A Creative Music Experience for Gong, Voice, Breath and Movement (Full Day Courses ranging from 1 - 7 days)
Join Mike Tamburo for a unique and dynamic workshop that will explore using sound as a tool for personal empowerment and self healing. Created as a series of day long course, each one day course is a stand alone experience but combined will give each participant a strong foundation in working with sound for inspiration, stress relief, self healing, meditation and unlocking one’s creative potential.
These courses explore the therapeutic use of sound on the musician/practitioner/player. The focus here is not on playing for other people but the power of playing gong for one’s self. This is a great course for anyone interested in the gong, beginners to therapeutic sound work and music, non-musicians, meditators, yogis looking for beginning gong techniques or musicians who are seeking to add meditative and transformational elements to their practice and play.
These simple teachings can be applied to any instrument, but in these courses we will focus on the gong and the voice. Each day we will be immersed in a series of creative exercises, group play, rhythm games, meditative listening experiences, breathing techniques, conscious movements, different vocal toning exercises, vocalization practices and learning introductory techniques in gong playing.
Both the gong and the voice are simple instruments to begin to play, but as they are deeply explored and worked with, each instrument begins to unveil enough complexities and nuances to offer us a lifetime of new experiences, learning, revelation, deep inner healing and transformation. A world of changing tones emerge from the gong each time it is struck. A world of information and meaning emerges from the voice with each word we speak or tone we sing.
This course explores the age old concept of music as the healing force of the universe. This course honors the power of the musician in the world and is a perfect place for even non-musicians to discover their innate connection to the true power of music. Mike Tamburo has spent a lifetime exploring this as practice and is grateful to act as a guiding force in your journey into sound.
The Music of the Gong Training (Generally 3 days (24 hours))
This course is for anyone who has taken the prerequisite of Gong Resonance Therapy : Module 1.
Join Mike Tamburo for an exploratory and experiential three day training that deepens the powerful practices we learned in Gong Resonance Therapy and takes us to a new level in our playing and our understanding of working with sound. The focus of this training is on how our Sound Concerts actually sound. The ‘Music of the Gong’ invites the player to deepen their connection to the gong as a musical instrument capable of having broad effects on consciousness and asks the player to move beyond protocols into a music of the moment. Mike will immerse participants in a series of creative exercises, group improvisations and meditative listening experiences. We will refine playing techniques, explore rhythm and dynamics, strengthen our listening and improvisational skills, learn loose composition and deepen our personal sonic vocabulary. As a group, we will explore blending our playing with Multiple Gongs and other instruments (singing bowls, bells, strings) and other musicians in the sonic field.
Gong Resonance Therapy Training - Module 1: Gong Techniques
Are you fascinated by the healing and harmonic resonance of the Gong? Whether you are new to playing the gong or an experienced player, this workshop will offer a new perspective on how to work with this powerful sound current. Expand your relationship with the gong in a way that is transformative yet liberating, playful and creative. No prior experience playing the gong is necessary. Learn a number of gong strokes and playing techniques that will deepen your understanding and experience with the gong. Novices will get a solid base of playing techniques and deep listening exercises to help enter into an active state of meditation while playing. More experienced gong players will get an expanded vocabulary of sonic possibilities, subtleties and dynamics in producing various sounds, textures and tone qualities. We will also focus on playing the gong in different settings – individual therapy, group experience and Savasana.
Gong Resonance Therapy Training - Module 2: The Healing Power of the Gong
Prerequisite: Completion of Module 1: Gong Techniques from our Gong Resonance Therapy Training series + 100 hrs of practice playing the Gong.
Connect to the healing power of the Gong with Mike Tamburo. This weekend intensive module focuses on deepening your understanding of the energetic aspects of Gong playing. We will explore the subtle and dynamic aspects of the Gong – how it affects the mind, the body, the aura and how it opens a space of consciousness that allows us to access and balance the five elements (tattvas) and the pranic body. We will enhance our compassionate awareness and sensitivity to vibration and the deeper aspects of listening within the Gong space. We will begin to explore the therapeutic aspects of the Gong, moving beyond Savasana and working toward a foundation for utilizing Sound as a medicine for the future. This course builds from Crown of Eternity’s Module 1 Gong Techniques in the Gong Resonance Therapy Series intensives.
We will have a large selection of gongs to practice in small groups during the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring their own gong(s) to practice with as well.
Gong Craft : A Creative Music Experience with Mike Tamburo (4 Days - limited to 6 participants)
Join Mike Tamburo for an intimate four-day workshop that explores the creative potential of gongs and other metal instruments while exploring intentional and free improvisational music as small group. Mike Tamburo will immerse participants in a series of creative exercises, group improvisations and meditative listening experiences. We will refine playing techniques, learn loose composition (creating structure and phrases with sound), and deepen our personal sonic vocabulary. As a small group, we will explore blending our playing with other musicians and other instruments in the soundscape.
Gong Craft focuses mostly on a large variety of gongs (Paiste, Meinl, Sean Aceto, Chau, Feng (Wind), Thai, Yun and Bao), along with other instruments such as metallophones (freenote bars, tuned triangles, gong oblongs, bell plates, Burma bells, singing bowls, bells, etc.) and percussion instruments (drums, wood blocks, shakers, etc.)
Days One and Two: Technique and listening.
As a foundation, we will consider and practice the basic elements and skills that are important for good gong playing both solo and in a group. These include listening, technique, sound theory, dynamics, rhythm, attack and release, tone, timing, articulation, amplitude, structure, phrasing, themes, feeling, pulse, space, silence as well as developing a meditative mind and energetic sensitivity.
Students will leave with a new awareness to their touch and their tone (mallet to the gong), an increased skill set to physically play the gong, and knowledge on the musical potential of gongs in terms of dynamics, rhythm, structure, tone, harmony and improvisation.
Days Three and Four: Deepening our exploration into the soundscape.
We will delve into the dynamics of a small ensemble (or band) to further develop dynamic listening, group communication, self and group expression, improvisation and expanding our creative palette. A lot of our learning will come from the experience of playing in and being directed as a small group.
Students will explore many types of gong playing sessions and structure through practice, group improvisation, loose composition/creating structure with sound, and blending other instruments in the soundscape. Students will develop a sensitivity to listening to and working with others while still owning their individual sound within the collective soundscape. Students will gain skills and techniques to create new ideas for their own sessions, and confidence to respond creatively in the moment.
This is an opportunity to learn, explore and play with a small group of sound lovers (including Mike Tamburo) in an intimate setting. Our hopes are that students will walk away more thoughtful musicians and artists, more dynamic listeners, creative thinkers and communicators.
This course is limited to 4-6 people to ensure lessons and refinements are timely and powerful.
Sorry, no drop-ins. Phone interview is mandatory before being enrolled. Gong Craft is not a beginner’s course, but beginners are welcome and encouraged to interview. No matter your experience level, Gong Craft requires great flexibility and an open mind. We will listen more than we play.
We are looking forward to exploring the world of sound with you.
Gong Creations: The Creative Potential of the Gong Ensemble (5 days - Limited to 15 participants)
Join Mike Tamburo for an innovative and experiential five-day workshop that explores the creative potential of gongs and other metal instruments within intentional composition and improvisational music as an ensemble. Together, we will tap into the therapeutic potential of working with gongs as an individual and as a musical collective.
Through creative exercises, group improvisations and meditative listening experiences, we will refine and experiment with playing techniques, learn loose composition (structure, phrasing, etc.) and deepen our personal sonic vocabulary. As an ensemble, we will explore blending our playing with other musicians and other instruments in the soundscape.
This is a great course for anyone interested in group composition and group playing, musicians seeking to add meditative and transformational elements to their practice and play. and “non-musicians” to discover their innate connection to the true power and collective power of music.
Days One and Two: Technique and listening.
As a foundation, we will consider and practice the basic elements and skills important in solo and group playing, as well developing a meditative mind and energetic sensitivity. Learners will leave with a new awareness to their touch and their tone (mallet to the gong), an increased skill set to physically play the gong, and knowledge on the musical potential of gongs in terms of dynamics, rhythm, structure, tone, harmony and improvisation.
Days Three, Four and Five: Deeply Exploring Soundscapes As An Ensemble.
Learners will explore many types of gong playing sessions and structure through practice, group improvisation, loose composition/creating structure with sound, and blending other instruments in the soundscape. We will also practice these skills beyond our classroom walls, as we venture out to explore some of Seattle’s unique surrounding soundscapes.
We will delve into the dynamics of an ensemble (or band) to further develop dynamic listening, group communication, self and group expression, improvisation and expanding our creative palette. A lot of our learning will come from the experience of playing in and being directed as both large and small groups. Learners will develop a sensitivity to listening to and working with others while still owning their individual sound within the collective soundscape. We will write and create music together. Learners will gain skills and techniques to create new ideas for their own sessions, and confidence to respond creatively in the moment.
This course uses a large variety of gongs (Paiste, Meinl, Sean Aceto, Chau, Feng Wind, Thai, Yun and Bao), along with other instruments such as metallophones (free note bars, tuned triangles, gong oblongs, bell plates, Burma bells, singing bowls, bells, etc.) and percussion instruments (drums, wood blocks, shakers, etc.).
Your own gong and metal instruments will be highly regarded and welcomed!
This is an opportunity to learn, explore and play with a small yet diverse group of sound lovers in an intimate setting. Our hopes are that you will walk away more thoughtful musicians and artists, more dynamic listeners, creative thinkers and communicators. Mike Tamburo has spent a lifetime exploring this as practice and is grateful to act as a guiding force in your journey into sound.
A world of changing tones emerges from the gong each time it is struck. We are looking forward to exploring the world of sound with you!
ARTIST RESIDENCIES - MULTIPLE DAY - MULTIPLE WEEK SOUND EXPERIENCE AND WORKSHOPS
Essentially this would be me and my instruments taking over your space for as many days as you would like in the hopes of bringing people together to celebrate the human experience, the power of creation and the power of sound. Workshops, Concerts, Demonstrations, Sound Installations and more.
PRIVATE ONE ON ONE SOUND TREATMENTS IN STUDIO
Single - 60 Minutes - $80
Couples - 60 Minutes - $100
SIngle - 90 Minutes - $110
Couples - $125
Group of 4 - 60 Minute - $150
Group of 4 - 90 Minutes - $180
(Arrangements can be made for private in home sessions for additional fee)
PRIVATE ONE ON ONE GONG LESSONS
PRIVATE GONG LESSONS IN STUDIO
$125 (2 hours)
PRIVATE GONG LESSON IN HOME
$150 (2 hours)