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Kokopelli Concert Thanksgiving Weekend. Mazzella, Sterling, Kalu

Kokopelli Concert Thanksgiving Weekend. Mazzella, Sterling, Kalu


Musicians Anthony Mazzella, Peter Sterling and Jesse Kalu will be teaming up for a concert of beautiful music inspired by the legend of Kokopelli. The show is on Thanksgiving Weekend, Saturday November 24 at the Mary Fisher Theatre in Sedona. The concert will consisit of flute, guitar, piano and harp and the music will be sublime. The legend of Kokopelli represents different things to different people and is a fun and interesting topic to research. In the context of this concert, Kokopelli represents the musical spirit of the southwest.

Gently & powerfully, song reaches into the depths of my heart, echoing off the ancient walls of red rock canyons. Coyotes call while birds soar overhead. Ocean waves dance with the wind and thunder.
Whales move in silent power & grace beneath the surface, while the far-away cry of an eagle is heard. A feeling of profound connected-ness to all that is, permeates my being as the music ends, and the
simple prayer is heard, 'Peace to your journey, love & light to your path, one in spirit, journey well'. This whole experience of sound & Spirit, is produced by one man sitting quietly, in the center
of a musical vortex & colorful imagery, playing his own hand-crafted bamboo flutes.
The story of Jesse Kalu is a story of Spirit, finding joyous expression in the life-paths of individual human beings, who have actualized their dreams. As a native chamorru
of the Mariana Islands, Jesse lived his early years on a tropical territory of the U.S. in the northern pacific. Jesse remembers playing in his village bamboo grove as a child at the age of 4, and
being treated by his native elders with herbal & natural medicines whenever he was ill. It was then, he began to hear the melodies within, that 'danced in his heart'.
Jesse has lived and ventured in America, traveling through every state since 1976. The great vastness of the land, moved him to continue. Then in the red canyons of Sedona Arizona, Jesse
felt he was finally home. His move to Sedona in June of 91, led to such profound experiences suddenly unfolding. That summer, yet to read or write music, his first time playing flutes,
echoed in the heart of Boynton Canyon. In 92 with Sedona bamboo, he began making & naming his flutes to reflect, the inherent peace of the heart.
Then somehow, Jesse discovered wildlife calls and nature sounds through his flutes. Also, to sing in his native language, Chamorru. By 93, presenting his flute concerts locally in Sedona.
Then in 1994, began sharing throughout the U.S. & Internationally, his Heartfelt Presentation: with bamboo flutes, story, poetry & nature voices. In Jan. of 95, he was invited to share
at a Yoga for World Peace Conference in Jerusalem, Israel. In 1996 through 2002, he toured several times in Austria, Germany & Switzerland. As he continues
to present heart to heart, somehow he is able to play & create native american style flutes, from bamboo growing wild in Sedona.
Jesse has not trained nor understands technical music theory. Melodies from the heart, touches his audiences in unique ways. Each flute has its name & song. Emanating through
his hand-crafted flutes, are the wildlife calls of: doves, quails, loons, hawk, owl, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk & more. Jesse's flute playing is in
harmony with nature & humanity and is a bridge to many cultures, times & places yet, always centered here & now.

Guitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Anthony attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, William Ackerman, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Anthony was also one of the few chosen understudies of world renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan. �Anthony began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including:The Bitter End, CBGB's, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. Anthony then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges & universities all over the USA . He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk. �In 1997 he recorded his debut solo CD titledElectric Fingerstyle Guitar. In 2001 he recorded "BRIO" with platinum selling recording artist Chris Spheeris and was an awarded best acoustic instrumental album of 2001" by NAV. In 2002 he recorded his second solo CD titled Unity where each song is diverse in genre to showcase all the styles Anthony is capable of playing. In 2006 he collaborated with three time Grammy nominated artist William Eaton, together they composed and recorded a CD for the Electric Harp Guitar Group. In 2009 Anthony recorded 12 new solo guitar compositions rich in spirit and appropriately entitled "Heavenly Guitar". His latest recording is a fusion of Spanish guitar and Exotic music titled RITUAL. �All recordings, concert dates, videos, tickets, photos, reviews, are available on his website anthonymazzella.com.�
Celebrated Harpist Peter Sterlings life is a reminder to all who offer themselves as an open vessel for the Divine, that theres no stop button once Spirit unleashes its creativity. Peters response to his heavenly calling 25 years ago, blossomed into an endlessly-creative multi-media career, spanning 16 studio albums, numerous Music Awards, a book called Hearing the Angels Sing, and an impressive series of crystal- frosted Mandala art prints enough to fill a gallery. Peter also creates sacred geometry Stained Glass art, and presents dynamic workshops on the science of sound healing & sacred geometry.�Success came quickly for Peter, when the music label World Disc released his first album Harp Magic which was nominated in 1994 for NAIRDs (now A2IM) Best String Album Award. In 2004 Sterlings album Hap Dreams sat at the top of New Age Radios Top 100 for 8 weeks and garnered a Album of the Year nomination. In 2005 peter signed on with renowned new age music label Real Music to release his Shadow,Mist and Light cd. Peters self released 2008 effort The Sands of Time earned a nomination for a Hollywood Music Award for Best New Age Album. His 2012 release Patterns of Reflection soared to #1 on the ZMR 100 International Radio chart, also grabbing a nomination for Album of the Year. The very next year his album Twilight Serenade ascended to the #1 position on the ZMR Chart, while the track entitled Isle of Light recently earned a Bronze medal in the Global Music Awards for 2016.While some musicians are classically trained from childhood, others are guided to their destiny later in life. It took 33 years of living before Peter heard the still small voice while working in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains as a ski instructor in Aspen. Soon Peter couldnt shake the notion that he was meant to devote his life to art and become a creative channel for Divine inspiration. Sedona beckoned, and Peter heeded the call without hesitation.�Exploring Sedonas remote canyons daily, and living out of his trusty van, Peter followed every Divine hunch and inspiration as a free-spirited seeker. The Celtic Harp serendipitously entered his life on a fateful day in Sedona as an answer to a prayer on how best to fulfill his unique life purpose. Now toting his harp with him everywhere he went, Peter surrendered himself completely, allowing Grace to unfold through him amidst Sedonas epic scenery and energy vortices. Having only a few lessons under his belt from the seller of the Celtic Harp, the Angels took over, guiding Peters hands and causing them to move masterfully within a few short months. No one was more surprised than Peter, whose skill-level demonstrated that of a virtuoso rather than a mere beginner.�Little did Peter know that one day his angelic music would garner testimonials from around the world for its miraculous healing effects: softening the hearts of the dying at the moment of their transition and used by mothers at the time of birth and to ease their autistic childrens suffering. For many, it has become the quintessential healing soundtrack for meditation and massage. My mission is to create music that can create an experience of transcendence in the listener; strike a chord on their heartstrings, and remind them of Home a feeling of Oneness, Peter commented.�A favorite on Internet radio such as Pandora, Sirius, XM Satellite, and Soundscapes Radio as well as United and American airlines, Peter scarcely dreamed that his music would have a massive worldwide audience back when he was recording his first 8 tracks on a cassette tape in Byron Bay, Australia and marketing it on foot around Sedona with its hand-drawn cover art. Now, through Internet Radio, CD, DVD, his website, and countless other forums, Peters angelic music will continue to reach the masses, heal lives, balance brains, open hearts, and connect people to their innate spiritual essence.
Visit harpmagic.com to hear music samples and more.
�Be sure to reserve your tickets for this special event today because all the previous Kokopelli Concerts have sold out. The show is on Saturday November 24 and showtime is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the Mary Fisher Theatre box office, at www.sedonafilmfestival.org, or by calling 928-282-1177.



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