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Reflections: Adventures in the Heart of Sound

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Adventures in the Heart of Sound

 “That sounds like … music from heaven … But it’s not angels singing – it’s Quiet Hearts, an intimate musical event like none other…”  Daily Secret, Vancouver

Relax and delight your senses with an evening of music which is unique yet comforting, adventurous yet familiar, and engaging yet relaxing.

In addition to beautiful favourites by Debussy, Delibes, Fauré, Pärt, Korngold, and Strauss, we are extremely excited to include the debut of all four performers spontaneously composing and improvising on the spot together for the very first time.

It all adds up to a harmonious mix of classical and improvised music with hints of new age and world music in the upgraded glorious cathedral acoustics of one of Vancouver’s most gorgeous spaces.

Tuesday, November 24 – 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
Nelson & Burrard, Vancouver

Tickets: $25 adults | $20 seniors & students
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The Amicus Music Duo and the Quiet Hearts Ensemble
Craig Addy, piano & organ • Howard Meadows, clarinet & recorder

Special Guests
Mark De Silva, violin & vocals • Anand David, flute

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About Reflections

Reflections combines the best of two worlds. You’ll experience both the intimacy and connection of a personal up-close music salon and the expansive grandeur of music traveling amongst the towering arches and pillars of St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. We believe this is Vancouver’s most beautiful and magnificent cathedral space. Reflections will be a unique, adventurous and engaging yet comforting, relaxing and familiar experience.

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Amicus Music Duo in the Narthex is back – with a significant twist.

It’s been some time since we have provided one of our intimate Narthex performances. Our attention and passion has been directed towards our newer Music Oasis series with the Quiet Hearts Ensemble. The first half of Reflections is designed to recreate the intimate conversational experience of our Narthex concerts. The twist? You will be in the Sanctuary, a magnificent glorious space with upgraded and even better acoustics. To retain the intimacy, you’ll be seated in the round as close to the performers as you wish. This portion will feature beautiful classical works and some original compositions by Craig Addy and Howard Meadows. We’ll also be joined by singer and violinist Mark De Silva for some pieces. You’ll enjoy conversation with the musicians and a closeness with the instruments. It’s a more immediate, visceral, blood-and-guts experience with the added enhancement of the sound deliciously reverberating in the Sanctuary’s wonderful acoustic.

“An Amicus evening is an experience of ‘oneness’. Phrasing is so sensitive it is as if these two superb musicians play as one voice. Commentary is enlightening and humourous. The audience cannot help but respond to Craig and Howard’s sincere invitation to become part of the music. Bravo!”  Margaret McEown 

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The Quiet Hearts Ensemble’s Music Oasis – a true adventure in sound & music

The second half of the performance will be a new experience for past fans who have not been able to join us for our Music Oasis series. Music Oasis and the creation of the Quiet Hearts Ensemble naturally evolved because we adore improvising and composing on the spot. Music Oasis is a pure unadulterated improvised creation. We’re thrilled to welcome violinist and singer Mark De Silva and flautist Anand David. Anand brings a new dimension to our creations with his flavours of modal scales and world music. We’ll guide you on a meditative and emotional musical journey which is interrupted only by brief silences. During Music Oasis, there is no conversation or applause and you’ll be invited to spread out and sit or lie down anywhere in the entire Sanctuary space.

“That sounds like … music from heaven. Well, you could be forgiven for thinking as much, given that what you’re hearing is emanating from St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. But it’s not angels singing – it’s Quiet Hearts, an intimate musical event like none other. Featuring some of the city’s fave professional musicians, you’ll get to hear them improvise and create tunes ranging from folk and jazz to new age and world styles. The sounds are so beautiful that you honestly won’t even believe everything is composed on the spot (but, we assure you, it is). This is a musical meditation you won’t want to miss.”  Daily Secret, Vancouver

Tickets: $25 adults | $20 seniors & students
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What do you see?

When you look at this image, what do you see?

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Most people would say they see music.

But wait. Can you SEE music?


This image is not music. This image is a pale representation of what music is. It’s a series of black symbols printed on paper to represent something far beyond it. Music is played, performed, and created by musicians. It is not marks on paper.

Don’t get me wrong. That black ink on paper is important. It preserves and even immortalises composers’ creations for future musicians to re-create for future listeners.

I think it’s strange that so much music training starts with learning to read those black symbols and marks on paper. It takes a long time to learn and then your brain has to translate what you are seeing into the real thing – the music.

I also think it’s sad that the ability to improvise and compose in the moment, a skill classical musicians and performers used to possess, has been lost. I think a large measure of this loss is due to a focus on the written note.

Wouldn’t you rather go straight to learning music, creating music, and expressing yourself musically? Then, when you have some facility and freedom with making music, you can learn to read the notes. You’ll discover it’s so much simpler because you will also discover that you already know what those symbols mean.

I’ve had the great fortune of discovering the joy and passion that improvising and spontaneously composing music provides and now I want to pass that on to others. If you are a pianist or have been a pianist that finds yourself trapped by the need for music symbols on a page, there is a new opportunity available to you. If you have always dreamed of learning to play the piano, there is an opportunity to learn in a new way. I would be delighted to guide you on a journey of discovering your own true self expression, creativity and musicality at the piano.

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Contact me today to discuss the possibility of your first piano lesson.

Craig@UnderThePiano.ca  •  604-662-3053


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I am so thrilled with this interview. Dayv Swan has captured the essence of what I do and what I am committed to create in the world as both a musician and a human being better than anyone else so far. Thank you Dayv and thank you Interesting Vancouver for the opportunity to contribute.

Craig Addy is no ordinary pianist. He runs a sound spa from his apartment called Under The Piano. So what is it like at Craig’s sound spa? People lay under his grand piano, on a extravagant bed of pillows, while he composes an original piece of music for them.

It’s both a personalized concert and a therapeutic experience. It’s a really interesting way to experience sound as his is as much a physical as it is an emotional experience.


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Last December, I quietly announced the release of my newest album, Journeys Under the Piano. You can now download the album to your computer or smartphone from CD Baby for $9.99 US.

Preview or purchase each track on CD Baby here: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CraigAddy

Track 2, Wintertide, is also available as a complimentary download on CD Baby.

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Sound Reflections: Reigniting Resolutions

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Are you afraid to make New Years resolutions simply because you have past experiences of forgetting them or not fulfilling on them?

Did you set your goals for 2015 and you now need a fresh spark of energy to actually start working on them?
It’s never too late to make new resolutions or revisit the ones you’ve already made. If you have hesitated making or acting on resolutions this year, hesitate no more. We have a solution.

The Solution
Sound Reflections: Reigniting Resolutions.
Monika Becker and Craig Addy are collaborating to offer this valuable experience. It’s perfect for anyone who has created New Year’s resolutions or for anyone who didn’t get around to creating resolutions and wishes they had. This event is a powerful way to newly create or keep on track with resolutions and plans you really care about.

Another powerful aspect of Sound Reflections: Reigniting Resolutions is live piano music. The music will enhance and deepen the inquiry. People subliminally entrain or synchronize to music physically and mentally. The music Craig creates will be improvised to specifically enhance the exploration of Monika’s questions and inquiries as she guides you through the session.

Visit our Eventbrite page for additional information and to purchase your seats at Sound Reflections: Reigniting Resolutions


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Numerous studies have shown that she, or he, doesn’t want flowers or chocolates for Valentines. Your love wants you. Specifically, an experience you can share together is the best gift possible and if it’s a unique experience, it’s a memory you will share forever. Fine dining is great, but how memorable will it be?

Well if music is your thing, especially beautiful piano music, Under the Piano is the gift experience waiting to happen this Valentine’s Day.

I’ve got one spot left on Valentine’s Day – 8 pm
On Sunday the 15th, I have 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm available.
On Friday the 13th, I have an 8pm spot available.

Call me today, to book an experience you and your love will never forget.


All sessions are prepaid to secure your premium seats Under the Piano.

Session: $165 plus GST

MP3 Recording: $30 plus GST
CD Recording: $55 plus GST
Wine or Champagne for 2: $20 plus GST

Visit www.UnderThePiano.ca for more information.

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“Music has more ability to activate more parts of the brain than any other stimulus”

– Dr. Oliver Sacks, MD – Neurologist – Author

Music and sound have always been powerful tools for accessing our subconscious and non-rational thinking processes. Music is full of emotions and powerful rhythms to which our bodies and brains naturally attune themselves. This is called entrainment.

“Largely through entrainment, sound can affect all the major rhythms of the human body, primary among them our heartbeat, breathing cycle, hormonal secretions and brainwaves.”

– Julian Treasure, Business Sound Consultant

Many natural sounds have the same power. This why the sound of waves on a shore is so soothing and relaxing. Our bodies slow down to match the pace. Music and sound have the capacity to let us go within and at the same time connect us with others and the world around us. Music can bring the rabble and disarray of a large group into a common rhythm and intention with lightning speed. It can be both mesmerizing and energizing. When I play music, especially improvised music, I become present and in the zone. I sometimes say it is like meditating but it is not quite the same. The experience can be full of passion, beauty, excitement and a whole range of emotions from dark to light. Certain types of music have the capacity to take us to a state that is ideal for meditation. Music can provide an effective and fast access to meditation.

Musical sound is so effective altering our physical and conscious state because it can travel right through your body and impact it at a cellular level in addition to affecting our mental thoughts and feelings. When music contains the right combination of beautiful sounds, harmonies and rhythms, it has a powerful effect on our brains and bodies which essentially prepare it for meditative thought. This is why the majority of my clients finish an Under the Piano session in a state completely different from before the experience. For about 45 minutes, their bodies, which includes their brains, have been enveloped, cocooned, massaged and suffused with the vibrations and rhythms of beautiful sound and music.

Monika Becker, of Clear Directions, is a coach with soul. She is interested in tapping into the subconscious as an access to having a life that works on all levels. Monika has developed a unique and magical experience which she calls “Reflect & Connect”. I attended one of Monika’s sessions and was struck by the fact that it is essentially a guided meditation. It encompasses both rational thinking and right-brain thinking. Some of her sessions have a particular theme to explore. In some, you choose your own topic. I started by identifying a topic I would like to contemplate in the session. Each participant chose their own topic. We then did some rational thinking about the topic. But as the process unfolded I realized and experienced being guided away from my pervasive left-brain rational thinking into another realm. In the end I gained new insights into my topic and felt peaceful and relaxed.

Monika had come for an Under the Piano session previously and an idea emerged. What would happen if we married the experience of Under the Piano with her Reflect & Connect experience. We found a willing couple to participate. Jared Minty and Rejeanne Bischoff arrived at my studio. We started with a brief conversation. Then we did an Under the Piano session in which Monika guided them through a series of questions just as in her regular Reflect and Connect sessions. After each question, I created music appropriate to the inquiry and to deepen and enhance the subconscious and physiological experience. The experiment was successful, and it was clear that the music contributed to the exploration.

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On February 10, Monika and I are offering “Sound Reflections: Reigniting Resolutions”.
Well be exploring your plans and resolutions for 2015. We’ll explore them rationally and then Monika will guide you into your subconscious with a series and questions. The music I improvise during the experience will deepen and enhance your inquiry and facilitate accessing your subconscious thoughts.

Visit this page to learn more and to register for the event.

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Departure to an Exotic Land

Recently, I did a double couple Under the Piano session. As one couple lay Under the Piano, the other couple made themselves comfortable on my couch with a nice glass of wine. Then they switched places and we did a second session. A particular spontaneous composition at the end of the first session had an exotic or modal flavour to it and I was inspired to add some imagery to the piece and make this little video.

Here is a one minute excerpt.

If you like that, go here for the complete video.

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Our Music Oasis series with the Quiet Hearts Ensemble, resumed on January 8th. As always, please check out online schedule close to an upcoming date to confirm that it is happening. Visit www.amicusmusicduo.com to see the most up to date schedule.

We have 2 cancellations. One in January and one in February. As of now, all other Wednesday performances are a go.

January 28, 2015
February 25, 2015

Check the schedule here: www.amicusmusicduo.com

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Alive Inside

Is there someone in your life who you have lost to dementia or Alzheimer’s? Have you given up hope of ever being with the person you knew and lost. There is hope – huge hope.

Right now, in this moment, I am so honoured and proud to be a musician. I am so inspired to know I am engaged in a practice and art that can cause transformation for loved ones in our lives who we have given up for lost to dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Many do not know that Howard and I often play in hospitals and seniors care facilities. We have personally witnessed the kind of transformation that the documentary “Alive Inside” reveals. This really is possible.

Take 15 minutes of your life to see the enormous transformation that is possible simply by providing your loved one with musical favourites from their past.

Honestly, this brings me to tears of both inspiration and regret. Inspiration for what’s possible. Regret that a simple and inexpensive solution remains largely ignored.
I can hardly wait to watch the full length documentary about this. “Alive Inside”.

If the video here inspires you and you subscribe to Netflix, you can watch the entire documentary on Netflix.

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