[MUSIC/Sound Art ~ SA]
Masonic – Owl Room at Gluttony, Masonic Lodge North Terrace, Sun 17 Feb.
Deep in the bowels of the beautiful Masonic Lodge on North Terrace lies the Owl Room. This darkened, womb-like space was the venue for The Sound Ceremony. As our Fringe artist Henry Keene says as he opens the event, this is not a performance you watch but rather something you experience. As such, the audience members are encouraged to sit or lay on the floor if they wish to and, either way, to close their eyes and immerse ourselves in the sounds.
So starts a magical hour of sound as Henry uses Tibetan bowls, crystal singing bowls, chimes, gongs, rain stick and, my particular favourite, the handpan, to emit a wide variety of sounds and vibrations. He adds in his voice for additional tonal sounds as well as singing and chanting. Henry talks briefly about his own spiritual life journey, and it is evident that his sound art draws on many spiritual and cultural traditions including indigenous Australian, Indian and South American.
Over the course of the hour he leads us through a truly relaxing meditation, using affirmations, intentions and poetry, and transports us out of Adelaide on a sunny Sunday afternoon to somewhere altogether more peaceful and ethereal.
I am aware that this kind of event is not for everyone. But if you like sound baths – and I do – this is the best one I have ever experienced; mesmerising meditative and magical!
The Sound Ceremony continues at Masonic – Owl Room at Gluttony, Masonic Lodge North Terrace from 5pm until Sun 15 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.