ISTA Presents

Gongs, Bells and Bowls 2016 Performance Options

The International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA) is proud to oer a variety of performance, educational outreach and sound experience options featuring Tibetan Gongs, Bells and Bowls. Tibetan bowls are forged out of metals and have been designed roughly the same way for hundreds of years. Known as “singing bowls” by the expert practitioners who use them, they create frequencies that promote deep relaxation. The resonant sounds bring audiences into deep states of relaxation, a state where minds and bodies access healing and rejuvenative powers. ISTA’s corps of specially trained “Angels” regularly perform, demonstrate and share the special experience that Tibetan Gongs, Bells and Bowls provide.

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gb2 performance imagesAbout Tibetan Bowls
Singing bowls were historically made throughout Asia, especially in Nepal, China and Japan, and date back at least as far the 8th-10th centuries BC in Asia, and in the Himalayas to the 10th-12th centuries AD. They are closely related to decorative bells made along the “Silk Road” from the Near East to Western Asia. Today they are make in Nepal, india, Japan, China and Korea.Singing bowls are played by striking the rim of the bowl with a padded mallet. They can also be played by the friction of rubbing a wood, plastic or leather-wrapped mallet around the rim of the bowl to emphasize the harmonic overtones and a continuous “singing” sound.Both antique and new bowls are widely used as an aid to meditation. They are also used in yoga, music therapy, sound healing, religious services, musical performances and for personal enjoyment.

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Large Group GB2 (our most popular)
Depending on the size of the audience, there could be as many as 15 ISTA Angels presenting for this program. There is a leader and a co-leader, and there is verbal guidance is given in the beginning and at the end of the approximately one hour program. All ISTA Angels play Tibetan bowls, and a couple of them will play gongs. Many times these experiences are in a church or yoga studio, and participants will bring yoga mats or pillows to lie down for the “sound bath” experience. The Angels walk around and throughout the group playing the bowls while the audience closes their eyes.

Open House Experience

Three to six ISTA Angels are present, and they “sing” the bowls while strolling around a given area. Sometimes an ISTA Angel will bring Tuning Forks or a Didjeridoo to add depth to the sound and experience. This is more of an interactive experience. As people come and go the angels invite people to listen to the Bowl and perhaps try playing the bowl themselves; meanwhile, the ISTA Angel instructs them on how to play the bowl and about ISTA and why we are there to help them learn and better understand the power of sound.

Support Group GB2

This is a combination of the “Open House” and “Large Group GB2” described above. It is primarily designed for Cancer and Alzheimer’s support groups. The event begins with an introduction to ISTA and can include an optional power point presentation that includes some great visuals and studies. It includes the work of Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, who was an integrative oncologist and used bows in his practice for his patients.Many times the Angels take the bowls to the participants and let them hold the bowl and feel the vibration when the bowl is sung or tapped.Then the Angels do a “meditative experience” for about 30 minutes.

Concert GB2: The Sound Healing Orchestra

A large group of Angels perform a “sound bath” from performance stages. These concerts often involve collaborations with special guest artists:Past artists includes the following.

• Grammy-nominated composer Jonn Serrie
• Grammy-nominted composer & recording artist Steven Halpern
• Multi-grammy winning musician Howard Levy of “Prarie Home Companion” fame
• The Flying Mystics (who often perform with the Dali Lama )

The concerts feature a blend of traditional compositions dating back to ancient Himalayan monks and Buddhist practitioners and contemporary compositions.

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