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News & Events
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
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.
Dear Tito La Rosa Friends and Fans...
Written by Administrator
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:15
Dear Tito la Rosa Friends and Fans. We received notification today that Tito will not be coming as had been planned this week. We respect and honor his decision and we will let you know when he comes back to visit in the States. Tito wanted to express his apologies for not coming after he had said that he would. He appreciates the love and support that he always receives when he is here and through the invisible world when he is not here. This decision after careful deliberation is essentially about well being and timing. There is nothing to worry about. All is well. Thank you for your love and support. May you have a blessed Equinox and rest of 2014 and Beyond.
Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters of Ayni community,
I regret to inform you that I have had to make the decision not to travel to San Francisco for my current tour. Family and personal reasons forced me to make this difficult decision not to accompany you on this trip.
The reasons are related to the moment I’m living. Mariel and I will have a baby girl who will be born next month, and it’s important to be together during this last period of waiting. On the other hand, my mother has been ill and I also feel it’s necessary my presence next to her in this moment.
I ask apologies for the suspension of my tour, but I don’t have the peace and strength necessary for a profound healing journey of ceremonies. I know you will understand this time.
I also apologize to the organizers and all those who are generously helping with the organization of this tour, likewise I apologize to my brothers and sisters musicians who always accompany me with its sounds and presence.
A big hug from my sounds, from my heart, and we’ll meet very soon.
Tito La Rosa
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:04
Written by Administrator
Monday, 25 August 2014 18:17
invites you to
Cantos por Nacimiento
Songs of Birth
Ayni Projects Welcomes back Tito La Rosa
Please note that we have made some changes to the schedule to make some events easier to attend on the weekend. These changes are in red print.
"The theme of this visit is embodied in the word Paqarina. It is the lake. It is the source, it is every place of and every moment of birth, every space that generates creativity and life. When we are creating, we are a Paqarina, when something opens within us, we are a Paqarina." -- Tito La Rosa
To reserve a space in any of the events below, unless otherwise noted, you can register online at www.ayniprojects.com/events or call 415-990-9042
Please post or pass this Information on to people who you feel might be interested.
A note from Marty and Rutherford founder of Kumpi Mayu Foundation.
A note from Marty Rutherford: "Dean and I formed the Kumpi Mayu Foundation to bring clean water to all in need, beginning with indigenous villages surrounding Cuzco. This June our foundation and the municipality of Cuzco sponsored the first concert in five hundred years in the temple of Korikancha in order to raise consciousness about the need for clean water. Tito, and his remarkable musical companions, were the star attractions. They were wonderous. Tito was powerful. He is in a time when his focus, his creativity, his connection with sound is at its finest. The way he held the space and gave everything to each the 500 people present was beyond amazingthe music vibrated in everyones bones!
Do not miss this chance to hear Tito play, to be with him. He is at a moment of immense change and pure joy. New love, new babies, a revived sense of the importance of each day is resonating through every note he plays. He is sharing this gift with all who care to listen and feel. Each concert, workshop, ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate AYNI to live in reciprocity you give an immeasurable gift to Tito by being present, he gives his music and his heart."
Schedule of Events
Group Sound Healing Sessions/Concerts with Tito
Sunday, September 21st, 6pm and Saturday, September 27. Maximum 40 people $40. per person.
What is a flower ceremony? - A Tito Tradition, Click here for a full description.
Friday, September 19, 7pm, Friday, September 26, 7pm, Monday, September 29, 6:30pm Maximum 12 people $100 to $150 sliding scale.
Sacred Chakana Ceremony
This workshop/ceremony needs exactly 4 people, or 2 groups of 4 people each. It involves reading the symbols of the traditional Andean Altar for each of the participants. It is a journey into the inner world of the Andean Cosmos through word, sound writing and drawing. Below Tito writes:
"The Chakana (square cross) is the symbol of symbols in the Ancestral Andean Tradition. It is said that it was not created and that it always existed. The Chakana is that which orders the universe, the space that is within and the space that is outside. Within the Chakana are contained the three worlds. The Hanan Pacha,
The Uhju Pacha and the Kay Pacha. The Grandfathers and the Grandmothers of the tradition divided the world, the Chakana, into these three worlds, the Hanan Pacha, the world above, The Uhju Pacha, the world within, and the Kay pacha, the world of the present or the here and now. This workshop-ceremony is a shamanic journey into these three dimensions of time and space and life.
The Chakana is also a celebration of life and its diversity. It is a bridge to the cosmic, to the trancendent, and to ones interior. The Chakana is sacred geometry, it is sound and it is Light. In this workshop we will also work with the four sacred directions, with your chaupin, your center, your power, and your essence.
Saturday, September 20, 10am to 1pm, or Thursday, September 25, 7pm to 10pm $100.
Pacarina: Ritual de Nacimiento
In the Andean tradition, Paqarina is a word and symbol which refers to the origin, which links us to the dawn, with birth and with life. Paqarina is the lake. It is the source, it is every place of and every moment of birth and every space that generates creativity and life. When we are creating, we are a Paqarina, when something opens within us, we are a Paqarina.
Like all transcendental words, there exists in the meaning of Paqarina the idea of duality that is complementary, like the opening and closing of cycles, so that if there is to be a dawn or a beginning, a cycle has to be closed. The closing Paqarina weaves the possibility of the opening of a new time. In this process we ask ourselves, what cycle must end, what spaces should close, what part of me must die so that life can arise again, so that I can start a new cycle, and open a new space within me and in my life.
This ceremony is a ritual of passage and of birth that allows us to close a cycle so that we can open a new cycle. We will have a moment with the sacred fire and with messages from Grandparents from the four sacred directions of our Tradition to assist us to dissolve and purify everything we have to leave behind to make space for what we want to be born. On paper we will write and draw from a state of higher consciousness, exploring all that we want to release and transform from our past and our present life. Then we will visualize, and give breath and shape to our dreams together, working with nine sound vibrations of the Andean Tradition in a shamanic journey of inner transformation, life and birth.
This ceremony is between 3-4 hours in length and is for a minimum of 8 people and a maximum 14 people.
Tuesday, September 23, 7pm or Saturday, September 27, 11am $100.
Studying with Tito
El Poder Curativa de los instrumentos Ancestrales de Antigua Peru
(The Healing Power of the Ancestral Instruments of Ancient Peru)
“This course is my favorite thing that Tito does.” -- Ailish Schutz
Join us for a magical, experimental and experiential class, a journey through the acoustical universe of ancestral Peru. We will explore the uses of the instruments and their applications to healing body, mind and spirit. Working with a variety of instruments such as whistling vessels, zamponas, bamboo flutes, patutos (conch shells), ceramic antaras, feathers, seeds, shakapas, bells and drums. We will discover their uses in healing and their connection to the realm of spirit. We will explore how to use these instruments in ceremonies and rituals. This course will be taught using the knowledge and principles of the Cosmovision of the Peruvian Andes. It is a powerful and yet simple course on how to work shamanically with sound. You do not need to be a musician or even to work with sound to benefit from taking this class. Its teachings apply to all of life. This course is constantly changing in its content, so you will always learn something new each time you come.
Sunday, September 28, 12 noon 5 to 6 hours $125. Course size 4 to 16 people.
Private Sound Healing Sessions or Readings
By appointment, please call 415-990-9042. - 1 person
$300. - 2 people
$350. - 3 people
$375. 4 people $400
Reading of the Oracle of the Abuelos: THE MESA ANDINA
This work is based on the Andean Cosmovision or Mesa. An Andean Mesa is an altar with symbols of power from our tradition. The ancient Elders or AMAUTAS who were the teachers and guardians of the tradition, passed down to us symbols to be read and interpreted. These Symbols are an Oracle. An Oracle is a message, it is a symbolic path, a guide. An Oracle is a metaphor of Life. In this one on one session we work with the Andean mesa, a sacred altar of the Tradition along with the sounds and spirits of 13 musical instruments. The session lasts two and a half hours.
$275. One person $350 for a couple. By appointment 415-990-9042
Treat yourself to a private lesson on the Charango or flutes or explore with Tito how to work with your instrument or voice shamanically. By Private appointment Call Ailish 415-990-9042.
Thirty percent of net proceeds from these events will go to support the Chaupin School In the district of Carhuaz in Ancash Peru.
As always we will are asking for donations for the Chaupin School. If you would like to "adopt a child" for the school year, a fifty dollar monthly donation, or donate any other amount please click here to donate. Thank you.
If your interested in Tito's music remember that CDs & MP3s can be purchased online at www.SerpienteAlada.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:59
Tito La Rosa Concierto Shamanico August 30
Written by Administrator
Friday, 23 August 2013 10:57
Dear Friends of Tito,
Tito will perform a solo Concierto Shamanico (well almost solo...I will help with some sounds), on Friday night August 30 at 8pm at my place in Petaluma. We will have a maximum of 40 people so that there will be room to lie down and take in the sound. We already have 20 folks committed.If you want to come please email me at
. I will confirm your attendance. The price is $40. Tickets can be purchased online here.
On Labor Day Weekend Tito will present at The International Conference on Shamanism in San Rafael. After that he goes n to Santa Fe.
Thank You, Ailish
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:05
AYNI PROJECTS PRESENTS
Tito La Rosa Final Events!
7pm to about 11pm
Thursday, June 20
sliding scale $80 to $125.
minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people
Tickets available online here
What is a flower ceremony
This sound healing ceremony and baptism with flowers handed down by the Q'ero of the Andes near Cusco is an experience of deep beauty and spirit. If you have never experienced one of these, then maybe this is the time!
Chakana Sagrada Ceremonia
Wednesday June 19, 7pm to 9:30pm
To enroll in this please call Ailish directly 415-389-1303
This workshop/ceremony needs exactly 4 people, no more, no less
It involves reading the symbols of the traditional Andean Altar for each of the four people
as well as experiencing the work through sound. Below Tito writes:
The Chakana (square cross) is the symbol of symbols in the Ancestral Andean Tradition. It is said that it was not created and that it always existed. The chakana is that which orders the universe, the space that is within and the space that is outside. Within the Chakana is contained the three worlds. The Hanan Pacha, The Uhju Pacha and the Kay Pacha. The Grandfaters and the Grandmothers of the tradition divided the world, the Chakana, into these three worlds, the Hanan Pacha, the world above, The Uhju Pacha, the world within, and the Kay pacha, the world of the present or the here and now. In this workshop-ceremony we will experience these three dimensions of time and space and life. The Chakana is also a celebration of life and its diversity.
The Chakana is also a bridge to the cosmic, to the trancedent, and to ones interior. The Chakana is sacred geometry, it is sound and it is Light. In this workshop we will work with the four sacred directions, with your chaupin, your center, your power, your essence.
Sound Healing Class
Moved to June 23rd at 2pm
Sunday June 23 2pm to 8pm
Sliding scale $90 to $125. 14 people maximum
Tickets available online here
El Poder Curativa de los Instrumentos Ancestrales de Antigua Peru This class is always new and different and is filled with wisdom, humor and skill building for sound healers. The work is linked to the tradition and teaching of the Cosmovisionof the Ancient Andean Culture..You do not have to be a musician to attend. The course focus on how to work shamanicaly with sound to facilitate opening and healing.
Private Music lessons and Private sound healing ceremonies are also available.
To register for any of these events please go to www.ayniprojects.com
for further questions, call Ailish at 707-981-8770 or write her at
Tito has many flutes to sell and soon we are expecting a shipment of silbadoras
(Peruvian Whistling water vessels)
If you are interested in buying one please email me so that I can add you to the list.
Tito's work helps Ayni Projects fund the Chaupin School in the town of Carhuaz in Ancash., Peru.
Thank you for your participation.
We hope to see you soon!
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Tito la Rosa and Ian Dogole Friday August 31, 8pm
Munay Farm, Petaluma
Presented by Ayni Projects!
Please come join is for an improvisational concert of two masters of their art!
Tickets $30. You can reserve a seat by calling 707 981 8770 or go to www.ayniprojects.com, (click on news and events and scroll down to tickets.)
30 percent of the proceeds of this concert will go to support our Chaupin School in the Andes of Central Peru.
This house concert originally included Jennifer Curtis who is unable to come because of a recent death in her family.
Click Here For Tickets
Tito Returns end of Summer 2012
Written by Ailish Schutz
Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:57
I am happy to tell you that we have a treat for Summer's end and the beginning of Autumn. Tito La Rosa is coming through for a few days at the end of August and the end of September. PLEASE PASS THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS!
Below please find the dates and events. We hope to see you at Munay Farm in Petaluma. I am happy to say that we are making changes to the concert room to improve the lighting and the ventilation. You can buy Tickets on line at http://www.ayniprojects.com/news-and-events/events.html
Friday August 31, 8pm, Tito and Ian Dogle - (This concert was originally billed to be with Jennifer Curtis who can not attend due to a death in her family.)
Friday September 28, 8pm, Tito and Claudia Cuentas. We will be celebrating Tito's 60th Birthday. He does not read these announcements so we will surprise him in some way. Stay Tuned and mums the word. His actual birthday is October 2.
concert tickets $30.
Wednesday September 5th, 6pm
Thursday September 27th, 6pm
Flower Ceremonies $100 to $150. sliding scale
maximum 14 people
Sound Healing Class
Saturday September 29, noon to 6pm or so. Topic to be announced $125.00. maximum 15 people
I would like to hear from folks who are studying with Tito to tell me what you would like to see at the curso.
Private Sound Healing Ceremonies.
There will be times that Tito can offer a Private ceremony for 1 to 4 people.
Please call Ailish at 707 981 8770 for reservations
As always we are raising money for the Chaupin School in the town if Carhuaz, Peru Tito's pueblo in the Andes.
We invite you to help us in anyway you can!
There will be two groups going down to do a tour with Tito in October and November, If you are interested, please contact me so I can connect you to the organizers if these trips.
or 707 981 8770.
Thank You! We look forward to sharing the healing sounds of the Maestro and his friends.
Un abrazote, Ailish
Last Updated on Friday, 24 August 2012 14:48
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