Ayni Projects (www.ayniprojects.com), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is launching an exciting new concert series at its enchanting sanctuary in north Petaluma. The new Concerts at the Farm series signals a brand new dimension to Ayni’s outreach with a mission to support the arts, support musicians who give their lives to their art and the communities they uplift, and continue to provide funding for Ayni’s humanitarian projects in the Central Andes in Peru.
Musicians featured in these intimate concerts represent a diverse spectrum of styles that span the “World,” Jazz and Classical arenas with much cross-pollination. The thread that ties all of these performances together is the principle of “Ayni” or reciprocity, through the mutual experience of healing and uplift that occurs when musicians and audiences interact in such an intimate and welcoming environment as the Munay Farms sanctuary.
A Vision of “Ayni” (Reciprocity) and Community
According to series organizer and percussionist Ian Dogole, “I have had the immense pleasure of performing in this magical space on numerous occasions, often with my musical hermano, Tito La Rosa, and the experiences have been both transcendent and unforgettable. Thanks to Ayni Projects founder and series host Ailish Schutz, we now have an opportunity to reach out to our local community with a series of world-class musical performances that is designed to elevate our spirits and bring us all closer together at a time when there is so much chaos and struggle across the planet.”
Performers in the Inaugural Season
One of the intriguing elements of the Concerts at the Farm series is the programming of unusual combinations of performers of diverse backgrounds and cultures who are not only stellar musicians and composers; they are bandleaders and visionaries. This is sure to generate thrilling new possibilities that our guests will experience up-close and in the moment.
Here is a small sample of musicians you will hear in varying combinations during our initial season: Tito La Rosa, Ian Dogole, René Jenkins, Jennifer Curtis, Yassir Chadly, Pauchi Sasaki, Gary Malkin, Matthew Montfort (Ancient Future), Mariah Parker, Paul McCandless, Deborah Winters and many more.
The Concert Experience at the Munay Farms Sanctuary
When you attend a concert at the Munay Farms sanctuary, the feeling is akin to a homey, oversized living room where you can stretch out and still be close enough to the music to feel like you are part of it. The environment is warm and inviting and conducive to a powerful and memorable listening experience.
Community Drumming (and Dancing) at the Farm
One of the most uplifting and healthful activities we can share is the playing of drums as a group. And what could be a more welcoming environment in which to revel in the beat of the drum than the Munay Farms sanctuary?
We invite you to bring your drum (or use one of ours) and join percussionist Ian Dogole in a warm, wild and welcoming ritual of community drumming that will call in the spirits and drive out the demons. And if you just want to dance, come on down and shake it up with us. Stay tuned for dates and times for future drumming extravaganzas.
Doors open at 7:00 and concerts begin at 8:00 unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, January 17 – Ian Dogole, Matthew Montfort & Mariah Parker – A Magic Carpet Ride Across the Great Musical Divide
Tickets/Reservations – $25 (available online here or at the door). You can purchase tickets online by Paypal or by cash or check at the door. Concert location will be emailed upon completion of your online purchase.
Ian Dogole – udu, cajon, dumbek, kalimba, hang, world percussion
Matthew Montfort – scalloped fretboard and electric guitars
Mariah Parker – piano, santur
Since the late 70s, percussionist Ian Dogole and guitarist Matthew Montfort have been creating multicultural music that knows no boundaries. As the leader of a variety of ensembles, Dogole has integrated the music of many cultures into a highly adventurous, Jazz-based melting pot while Montfort, the architect behind the pioneering world fusion ensemble Ancient Future (including Ian Dogole on five recordings) has assimilated elements of many indigenous music traditions, including those of Indonesia, India and the Middle East, into a captivating brew of cross-cultural delights. Pianist / santurist / composer Mariah Parker has crafted her own delicious blend of “world jazz” as leader of her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble, which just happens to include Dogole and Montfort. Her compositions are captivating, uplifting and complex. The melding of these three unique musical talents is sure to stir the imagination and transport you to new aural oases never heard before. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare to journey to distant lands.
View a video of Mariah Parker’s Indo-Latin Jazz Ensemble here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZhEPGOag30&list=UUw_bNDIooHZz1jD3n5i7qTA
View a video of Ancient Future here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro0VAo7a9BY
View a video of Ian Dogole here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiOAjWHrCXc
Unless otherwise stated, tickets for concert series events are $25, which includes an appetizer and a beverage of your choice (wine or non-alcoholic). Additional appetizers and beverages will be available at a nominal price.
For more information about the new Concerts at the Farm series, visit here. To learn more about all of Ayni Projects’ humanitarian initiatives in Peru, visit here.