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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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Journeys Under the Piano Web Cover Art 600x600 300x295 Journeys Under the Piano is now available as a digital download

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

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sound-reflections-reigniting-resolutions-tickets-15323983447

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Under the Piano Valentine 2015 300x240 The Most Romantic & Memorable Valentine’s Experience in Vancouver

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.

604-662-3053
Craig@UnderThePiano.ca

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

Session: $165 plus GST

Options:
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.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sound-reflections-reigniting-resolutions-tickets-15323983447

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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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IMG 2056 300x224 Quiet Hearts Music Oasis   2 cancellations you should know about

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.

Cancellations:
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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This is NOT a NICE scarf

This is NOT a NICE scarf.

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Well, it is nice, but when you know the story behind it you will likely agree that calling it ‘nice’ is a huge understatement.

I unexpectedly received the scarf this morning when I attended Creative Mornings. As I walked home from the event, the significance of the scarf sunk in and I was moved to tears. These were tears of inspiration. I’ll explain the meaning of the scarf, but first you need to know about the project that makes this scarf possible. I received this scarf from Peter Dupuis, founder (co-founder) of World Housing and it was Peter who gave a presentation about World Housing at today’s Creative Mornings.


 

World Housing

In a nutshell, World Housing is this:

“World Housing was conceived and created to provide housing to the most disadvantaged people on earth: families subsisting in garbage dumps. The gap between wealthy and poor continues to widen. People living in dumps, scavenging through garbage to earn less than $2/day, are the most effected. World Housing exists to provide these people with homes.”

World Housing is “A Blueprint for Creating Third World Bottom of the Pyramid Housing Supply Through a First World One-for-One Real Estate Gifting Model”
This short video will give an even better sense of the project.


 

Vancouver House

Here in Vancouver, we have one of the first projects and simply by purchasing a home in Vancouver House, 395 people have also financed a home for individuals and families living in squalid poverty. World Housing has a goal of providing 30,000 homes by 2020.

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Vancouver House – http://vancouverhouse.ca

Vancouver House – The first World Housing certified project was announced on April 30, 2014. This super prime project, located in one of Vancouver’s leading waterfront communities and developed by Canada’s leading developer, Westbank Projects, will create 395 homes for the Cambodia Children Fund’s community while offering international condominium buyers an unparalleled lifestyle.


 

The Scarf

The homes have all been pre-sold and each person who purchased or invested in one of the homes in Vancouver House received a scarf like the one I am wearing. The scarves were made from materials collected in landfills by the actual people in the garbage dump community who have qualified to received one of these new World Housing homes. The scarves were made by people who have lived in huts constructed with garbage and who are now, or will soon be, living in a new home provided by World Housing.

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Typical Slum Home – Photo: Davehamilton.ca & CCF – Cambodian Childrens Fund

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World Housing Home – Photo: Davehamilton.ca & CCF – Cambodian Childrens Fund

So, like I say, this is NOT a NICE scarf. It represents the transformation and betterment of peoples lives. It is a tremendous honour and pleasure to have one and if anyone ever compliments me on my new scarf, you know what I’ll be telling them.

What would it be like for you to purchase a home knowing that you were radically improving another person’s or family’s life?


 

  • Learn more at World Housing’s website: http://www.worldhousing.ca
  • Follow them on Twitter: @worldhousingCCC
  • Follow them on Instagram: worldhousing

 

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Silent Night

Enjoy this series of magical night images as you listen to one of my renditions of Silent Night. There is a link for a complimentary download of the piece as well.

Download a complimentary copy of this recording at

www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CraigAddy

 

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in order of appearance in the video.

 

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