Playing with Nine Lives Yoga at the British Yoga Festival

This past weekend I was at the British Yoga Festival accompanying an acroyoga performance by Nine Lives Yoga. I played the Mongolian yoochin, a hammer dulcimer, alongside Anne Malone on hang.

DeleteAccompanying movement is about as fun as musical performance gets. I’m always on the look out for opportunities to write and play for dance, physical theatre and circus, and I’d had my first chance to play for yoga at the completely unique Into the Wild Festival earlier in the year. Something about the precision of yogic motion, and the contemplative mood it creates is perfect for the yoochin.

Anne and I had talked about setting music, but decided, in line with the event’s theme of ‘being responsive in the moment’, to improvise. One of the many benefits of this approach is the give and take, the free flow exchange of ideas you become part of, between different elements of the music, between musicians and yogis and between performers and audience. Anne is an extremely aware, generous, talented musician, as you would expect from a favourite of Shiva Rea and Jai Uttal, and the joy and playfulness of exploring with her stayed with me for days afterwards.

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