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Music As Medicine Workshop w/Diane Patterson & Lydia Violet- Nevada City


Jul 15, 2018 – 2:30 PM

226 Broad St.
Nevada City, CA 95959 Map

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Music As Medicine's Open Road Tour featuring Diane Patterson and Lydia Violet will make its Nevada City stop through The Haven Underground offering an afternoon workshop meant to inspire resiliency in the spirit and a fire in the heart. In the afternoon program Lydia and Diane will offer their "Music As Medicine" workshop, weaving together Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects (WTR) Lydia will lead us through an intimate experience with the WTR, a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Together we'll learn tools, meditations, and concepts (deeply steeped in music making) that we can rest into and organize with, in our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people. In this workshop we will also explore our capacities to strengthen through community singing and engaging the histories of music born from social movements across the world. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. It's our birthright (and a deep need of today's world) to engage in this culture-creation together. Music As Medicine Lydia Violet is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together Southern blues, American roots, and Iranian folk music traditions. In her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious 3-part harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience creating a new wave of protest music. Her weaving of West African percussion, clawhammer banjo, and gospel-inspired vocal parts take her audiences deep into the cave of roots music wonders. Lydia has also studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into energy for resilience, action, and community. She runs The Music As Medicine Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating access to music and music education as tools for cultivating resilient cultures in our communities.

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