Butterfly asked to me a few weeks ago if I would be interested in attending a “singing bowl concert” at the studio where she does Yoga; sure I said, as I have seen advertisements for things like this in Snow Lion . Some times when I am in Snow Lion, the owner will play some of the bowls, plus we have one or two CDs with singing bowls on them; I was expecting something similar with David Hickeys’ concert, man was I totally wrong…
David Hickeys music totally blew us away, not only does he use Crystal Singing Bowls, not the metal allow ones we were used to, but he brought along 10 Paiste Gongs; these were the star of the show! David admits that every concert is different, he plays what ever comes to him during the show, every moment of the show is a true moment, not rehearsed, not planned, it just happens. At one point I could just hear the faint sound of chanting, after the show Butterfly asked David if that was him, he said it was funny, he normally does not chant or sing during the concerts, but for some reason it just seemed right, so he did and it really add a texture.
The concert it self was not what I expected either, darkened studio with candles everywhere, a small audience, 20 max. We were encouraged to bring comfortable cloths, a yoga mat, meditation pillow and a blanket if desired; all of these we brought. David and the audience started with a quick meditation to bring us all in sync and then he began, butterfly said she felt like the man in the old, Maxell Tape poster, totally blown away and I fully agree. I watched David perform (I use this term loosely as he does not really perform as much as become one with whatever instrument he is playing at the time) for a bit and it was truly fascinating, the way he rubs and shapes the sound coming from the bowls and gongs is a sight to see. Some times he stand fairly still, rubbing and smoothing the gongs and bowls, other times he reminded me of a plate spinner in the circus, moving from one bowel/gong to next, and as one slows down he is back again.
The true appreciation of the show though is the sound, and I use that word as a label only, for you do not hear the music with just your ears, you hear it with your whole mind and body, I was sitting on my meditation pillow, eyes closed, focused on my breath and the music is just there, where? Everywhere! You could not have engineered a 7.1 surround sound track to come even close to the way the sounds play together, they are here, there, everywhere all at the same time, I had the most incredible visualizations I have ever experienced, I had the most incredible sound meditation, I had the most incredible touch meditation all at the same time!
When it was all over (about 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission) all I could say was, WOW! When David said he was coming back in two weeks for the Full Moon, Butterfly and I looked at each other and we knew we were coming back! The second time we brought 5 more with us! And yes, it was just as good, just as powerful as the first time. We have bought 3 of Davids CDs and they are great, not even close to the live performance but we enjoy them all the same. David will now be performing at our local Yoga studio once a month and we have decided to go every second month, it really is that spiritual.
If you ever get a chance to see David Hickey live, we highly recommend it. You may listen to some of his music via streaming, find out where he will be playing next, or order some of his products at http://www.crystaljourney.ca
We give David 6 Gongs out of 5 (yes, he got 6 out of 5)