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Welcome to "The Arts and Music Salon",
where performers and artists of different media meet and mingle, exchange ideas and inspiration with each other and with their close circle of admirers and supporters.
"The Arts and Music Salon"
bridges fun and serious, structured and improvised, traditional and politically incorrect. In the future we plan to feature master and amateur chefs, local and touring writers, poets, art historians, dancers, musicians, visual artists, comedians, progressive thinkers, philosophers and visionaries.
Currently we are accepting submissions related to the subjects of War and Peace - the theme of one of our upcoming Salons.
On December 31 Giorgi Gallery of Berkeley magically transformed into the space, that hosted “The Arts and Music Salon”, welcoming performers, artists and the audience in the warm and inspiring for interaction atmosphere of New Year Eve’s celebration. Ms. Rozalina Gutman, local concert pianist and educator, founder of CHARISMA Foundation, thought about such happening for a long time. Back in Russia, where she was born and studied music in College and University, she was often on stage (as well as behind the stage as a script writer) during theatrical productions that were somewhat improvised, yet thought through, open to both community and insiders, filled with music and humor, widely known in Russian theater and music circles as “Kapusnik” (please, scroll down to read more about exciting tradition of “Kapusnik”, including the meaning of its name).Ms. Rozalina Gutman’s desire to use this model to create an interactive event in this unique format turned into a memorable success.
Ms. Gera Hasse, the owner of 4th Street Studio, www.fourthstreetstudio.com/index.htmgenerously donated her "Dreamscape with Sea Shells" for the Silent Auction, that benefited Scholarship Fund for Arts and Music Education.
As every major event of CHARISMA Foundation, this Arts and Music Salon depended on community effort and support. Also, several generous sponsors helped allowed the producers to manifest the ideas into reality. Zebrus Web Ventures provided consulting for the website production of the Salon. Several of generous local sponsors of the event (incl. Knutek Cosmetics >> http://www.knutek.com/user.asp?0) joined the audience, hearing a lot of praise and admiration for their support as well as having a great opportunity to show-case their products.
This New Year's Salon show-cased a number of talented local performers of various genres. The evening started with airy and empathic piano improvisations by Arnold Kloian. Edward Zon masterfully accompanied several singers during this concert and delighted the audience with his solo piano performance of miniatures by Schubert and Chopin that were enchanting and filled with both elegance and sincerity.
David Margolick supported "The Arts and Music Salon" from New York City. He donated a signed copy of his article for the October 2004 Issue of Vanity Fair, that contains investigative information, including interviews and other evidence related to the 2000 election as well as a warning for then upcoming 2004 election. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair and the former National Legal Affairs Editor for the New York Times. A four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, he is the author of Beyond the Glory, Strange Fruit, Undue Influence and At the Bar.
The Dancer Ms. Miriam Perez magically transposing all of the audience into the fiery world of Middle Easter dance, and engaging everyone to join in and enjoy interaction with the master at the conclusion of her performance. This surprise and impromptu belly dancing lesson was received by everyone with lots of enthusiasm and excitement.
Inviting vases with bright-colored strawberries entered the arena right at the time when the chocolate fondue pots started spreading enticing aroma of indulgence and happiness, being lit up by Elaine Schwimmer, one of many enthusiastic supporters of the Foundation’s endeavors.
At the end of the evening the hostess of the Salon Ms. Rozalina Gutman performed on the piano. Her masterful rendition of “Gardens in the Rain” by Debussy turned the pouring rain outside into a perfect soundscape. At the end of enthusiastic applause that followed playing, she thanked all the guests and the performers for their company, and she also asked if anyone had any particular favorite dish among many skillfully served delicacies. After numerous grateful remarks Ms. Gutman made a surprise confession that due to a sudden cancellation from catering, she decided to make an impromptu debut as a chef that very night .
Michael Grove, the manager of the Giorgi Gallery sincerely shared with everybody that he could not expect such an exciting celebration and invited everyone to come back to the gallery that was planning to have many more exhibits of talented local artists.
The excitement of the audience was steadily growing as everyone was surprised by never ending appearances of talented performers that shared this special evening with their admirers. Right before midnight multicolored glasses were filled champagne while Duet of talented singers Ms. And Mr. Gorton sang musical “Cheers!”
One of the highest points of the event came at midnight, when guests and performers with the background from various countries of Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Asia congratulated everyone with the arrival of the New Year in their own languages, followed each time with repetition by the chorus of happy voices gathered in the circle that symbolized friendship and happiness for all.
Tradition of "Kapusnik":
Salon for Artists & Their Admirers.
The century-long Russian tradition of "Kapusnik" (properly written Russian version: "Kapustnik") - a show created and performed for the insiders often as impromptu - had it's origins in the private theaters owned by Russian aristocracy.
In previous times renowned actors and musicians were required to serve their masters in various circumstances in addition to their performance duties regardless of their artistic recognition. Often they also had to endure cruel punishment and little respect for their great and otherwise well-respected talents, treated as uneducated and unskilled servants and peasants. "Kapusnik" became an alternative source of inspiration and mutual support for many of them, as well as a special chance to have exclusive view at the mysterious act of creation for those few supporters who were invited to be their guests.
We feature the finest local & visiting chefs
Often "Kapusnik" performances took place at a late hour - after the official performance, in a small and crowded changing room when the masters were asleep. The food that the artists were served was less than sophisticated and served from the servants' kitchen. In fact, the most common dish was simply a pie filled with cabbage - (Russian word "kapusta" means cabbage).
Denise Mordecai reads her poem "Butterfly"
Later on the name "Kapusnik" became a synonym for a very special and sought after event, often sold to insiders and friends, renowned for it enjoyable and sometimes satirical nature. Even as "Kapustnik" became more sophisticated in its presentation, it always left room for improvisation and surprise. Modern "Kapusnik" still remained a light hearted parody since it was created by artists and musicians for their own enjoyment - to laugh at their patrons and producers, as well as to allow them into their own bohemian world, while laughing at themselves.
Ira Marlowe, song writer, singer, comedian. Click on image to go to his webpage.
In modern times "Kapusnik" became popular in most Arts & Music Colleges in Russia. The tradition still lives on allowing both students and professors to collaborate and to perform together crossing the borders of status and experience. (The author of these paragraphs was once locked in by a very concerned piano professor to prevent her involvement in the co-production of such an event.)
And, finally, as probably one of the most important roles played in the culture, the format of "Kapusnik" served for many decades as an underground outlet for the open, satirical, and politically "incorrect" expression of intellectuals, particularly during the Soviet regime.
Rosie's Act is already full of Class
Due to its vitality this tradition transcends international borders and cultures, providing a format where the audience feels a part of the show, where performers are comfortable to improvise or to "test" the response of the audience with some material they would not present on "a big stage," where amateurs might dare "take the stage" among seasoned professional artists, where the mix of genres and media is expected, and, of course, where nowadays the food is great and the artists and musicians are respected, welcomed, admired and inspired by the audience and their own friends and colleagues.
"Kapusnik", you are born again! Long live "Kapusnik"! And, I hope to see you at our 1st Arts and Music Salon on New Year's Eve.
By Rozalina Gutman, the founder of !Class Act Productions. Edited by Daniel Steven Crafts, Composer, Emmy Award Recipient
Where else, but in Berkeley!
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SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR THE SUPPORTERS
OF OUR URGENT STRIVE TO LIBERATE THE SPIRIT OF J.S.BACH, ALLOWING HIM TO BRING COMFORT TO THE VICTIMS OF OVERWHELMING & HOPELESS INJUSTICE & TO ASSIST HARASSERS IN OVERCOMING MORAL BLIND SPOTS
THE UNEXPECTED & UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTION TO THE ROOT OF MOST OF BLIND SPOTS OF THE HUMAN MIND &
300 Y.O. FUN & ENTERTAINING LESSONS TO TODAY'S NEUROSCIENTISTS FROM J.S.BACH
Are you a part of the majority of people, who had never heard and don't know of the term EXPRESIVE ARTS AND MUSIC THERAPY, including musicians and artistes? Are you among many of your friends who don't know that it involves VERBAL counseling, as ONLY ONE integral part of the cognitive behavioral therapy, bringing otherwise missing high efficacy to the process?
This approach to self-growth is rooted in FELT SENSE-based practice of self-expression that allows an individual to go back to METAPHORICAL language of conceptual cognition, practiced by all of us during pre-verbial period and then, abandoned...
This is an essential gateway for self-understanding that allows to tap into their own unconscious mind to get informed about what has become invisible and un-sensored in the realm of our own dumbed down and self-repressed pain and other feelings that determine our priorities on various levels, both conscious and unconscious.
Clinical psychology training, based on verbal -only counseling PARADOXICALLY DOES NOT provide the ways for re-patterning of the mental blocks, and does NOT aim to offer the assistance to the arrival of the individual to the FELT SENSE of THE ROOT CAUSES of their trauma either. So the core issues of their trauma never get recognized, addressed and resolved. This paradox is also the outcome of the misfiring evolutionary young brain that is the collection of the parts from various evolutionary periods and their related conflict with one another...
And as the result, most of our blind spots never get merely recognized and so, they remain as unresolved barriers, since no step of repatterning of misfiring synaptic networks from residual trauma takes place, due to the gigantic blind spot in the field of the clinical psychology, both individual and societal?
And that is the core reason for the overwhelming collapse and paralysis of many parts of our society in all realms of it, with too many examples of painful and costly failures and absurdly false outcomes.
So, what can help solve the problem? Why the leaders in the psychology field know about this, and yet do nothing meaningful to prioritize this cognitive fitness issue to be the top priority in the field that is responsible for it? The answer is both simple and complex:
Practitioners of the Expressive Arts therapy know that if a client was exposed to the Arts and music practices during childhood, it is a natural resource they can tap into during the crisis. But if not, it becomes yet another additional obstacle to overcome and may not work just for this absurd reason of lacking arts literacy, and absence of the metaphorical "vocabulary" as the result of the limited access to the Arts for ALL. Indeed, the level of sanity in our society depends on the accessibility of practicing the Arts and music.
It may appear unexpected, but music and the Arts PRACTICE is where the solution for this complexity of our brain is, and it may not be oversimplified any longer in our society. No, the inherited incivility of multitude of the blind spots may not continue to hurt much more and cause more of tremendous losses and suffering. Investment into expanding self-awareness and thus, increasing the level of mental health is obviously a very good yield investment into every part of our society. However, the issue needs and deserves vocal advocacy, since it can be obvious only to those policy makers, who are capable to grasp this obvious reality without oversimplification of the complexity, who possess the type of mindset that includes versatility in conceptual and abstract cognition, along with symphonic vision and polyphonic multitasking. And due to the compound challenges of looming planetary collapse, we may not compromise on this critical requirement of intellectual leadership, since now it determines our sustainability, our very survival.
Only one example of such brain paralysis that results from the societal blind spot that is the outcome of our individual and collective lack of priority to object health hazards of environmental catastrophe that we, the carriers of the human brain had created for ourselves, is due to the fact that we’ve lost our most critical sensory capacity to feel our own pain that should inform us of the hazards on the level of self-preservation instinct, but it no longer does, due to the epidemic of SENSORY DEBILITATION.
[And to begin to understand the depth of this catastrophe, please, watch the documentary STINK! on Netflix re. artificial fragrances (and let me known what do you think of it). Yes, indeed, it will help you and yours in the most critical for your brain manner of protection and prevention of neurotoxins from causing cancers, dementia, diabetes, autism, MS, Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s, heart, lungs, liver, kidney and multitude of other diseases...]
We, as the society and as individuals had somehow forgotten that Music and the Arts had evolved not as a luxury, but instead, as the ancestral tools for dealing with the deficiencies of the human brain, struggling with evolutionary relics in its structure. Our sense of priorities is directly dependent on our sensory capacity, or rather - it should be, but it NO LONGER is! And without addressing this underlying issue, the problems, associated with the material manifestation of environmental catastrophe won't be prioritized, and thus, the urgent and at times challenging decisions would not have a chance to help us assure sustainable future...
Of course, these prioritizing abilities are critical for the effective leadership capacities, for being prepared and capable to assure sustainability and to facilitate the change. Due to the brain plasticity, we are often ruled by inertia, rolling on and on through the old path of detrimental for us mental patterns. Even individual change is not simple to accomplish. So when it comes to the need to change societal patterns, without intellectually strong, capable of adequate reflection leadership, driven by the balanced brain and symphonic abilities to sense fluid and complex priority system, based on reawakened sensory function, will make the choices of personal and collective sustainability, as determined by the traditional ethics to be more important than any of the corrupt political games. Indeed, no individual with clear priorities for own health and safety would justify getting a legalized bribe in the form of political campaign contributio, since no amount of money can buy their health from many cancers and other above listed illnesses triggered by the cumulative effects environmental hazards, as it is currently routineiy done by the US Congress representative, demonstrating evidence of self-defeat, as the form of localized insanity.
Indeed, to a degree, we all are affected by the experiences of blind spots of our still evolving human brain, and without meaningful strategy to learn from J.S.Bach's lessons through systematic studies and refinement of the provided by him tools for mediating evolutionary relics of the brain development, we can not hope for sustainability of our society. So far there is no viable alternative. The core problem of most mulfunctions could and should be addressed, as the urgent counterpoint to the self-destructive policies and traditions that must seize, with no chance to continue to rule our lives by inertia.
The newly heightened level of existential challenges in our life demands for the capacity for the innovations in all parts of the society. But how can we expect for the changes to manifest in our outer reality, unless we use the strategies that foster critical for us positive changes in our brain? Luckily, the new type of mindset for the sustainable leadership to pursue the goals for the sustainable planetary mindset can be achieved - through applying cognitive technology with the above discussed balancing impact.
The logistical facilitation of the implementation of this transformative strategy in various settings is the key to success, and should be tackled with urgency.
And, when it comes to facilitating the change, Music and the Arts, as the creative "playground" for experimentation and for testing not only the ideas, but also for practicing the actual process of change and increasing the inner capacity to identify the need for change, to facilitate and to engage with the necessary novelty, to commit to new patterns, and to thrive through transformation process, despite the challenges. And Music, one of the most experiential types of the Arts that is most helpful for allowing to experience the sense of changes, can be very effective in such preparatory stage of MODELING THE SENSE OF CHANGE, developing the emotional readiness and helping to identify any emotional hindrances and mental barriers. (Engage with this sing along song "Change Is the Only Constant").
And when it comes to execution of the organizational shift, such as the shift in the institutions that are involved in leading the reforms, the leadership that is capable of change is the key to THE SUSTAINABILITY, and therefore, can not be compromised.
The true intellectual leadership depends on the balanced cognitive function. And luckily, there IS hope to achieve it: Despite the complexity of the problem, it has been solved 300+ years ago by the timeless unsurpassed Genius J.S.Bach, who had provided the toolkit for re-balancing the disrupted by stress and trauma emotional/intellectual balance, critical for optimal cognition and increase mental productivity of the human brain.
However, turning on any J.S.Bach recording and playing it in the background isn't enough yet, although it may appear to be close to the solution. But without knowing how to get involved with his music on a personal level, in the sense of using it as the therapeutic tool for self-mastery, his magic may continue to remain hidden and untapped... J.S.Bach’s Music delivers the container for our authentic engagement by involving into emotionally/intellectually balanced perception, helping to restore its presence after stress and trauma disrupt it, as well as to build the resilience to trauma and stress.
THE PRESSING CURRENT NEED TO OVERCOME THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMOTIONAL WITHHOLDING IN MUSIC, "THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE " FROM EMOTIONAL REPRESSION
Unfortunatel, the majority of the existing recordings of J.S.Bach's music contains dispassionate renditions that harbor cognitive dissonance, due to the intensity of compose's intent, and thus, can not be used effectively for this important task. This is yet another paradoxically absurd institutionalized for centuries blind spot that imprisons J.S.Bach’s music and strips away its power, so it could not be fully harvested for therapeutic and developmental applications:
even the music of this composer, who had risked a lot to oppose emotional withdrawal in music and to unleash its transformative powers, has been subjected to THE EMOTIONAL REPRESION, by creating false educational standards for musicians, forbidding for emotional engagement with the music of the composer who had emphasised it with his compositional tools choices. And many musicians need specialized re-training and coaching to address the long lasting effects of distortive educational standards that had to endure.
That is where the core solution for most of our brain malfunction currently resides. This approach needs tangible resources for collaborative work with brain scientists to observe the processes of calibrating and development, along with longitudinal studies, along with raising public awareness and information dissemination. Despite complexity, the critical for sustainability success of this process will lead to the wave of positive shifts in all parts of the reality. Indeed, we, as the society, can not afford to continue the neglect for prioritizing these matters of using such high efficacy modalities any longer. And, on the apocalyptic mornings with no sunlight due to the thick smoke, we were all reminded of how importwnt it is for our sustainability TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM BY SENSORY REAWAKENING, AND TO BE ABLE TO REFRAME OUR PRIORITIES FOR COGNITIVE ADVANCEMENT, BY SENSORY RE-ACTIVATION.
We are lucky to inherit J.S.Bach's music therapy tool kit that allows to embody & to RE-PATTERN complex PTSD of cognitive dissonance. Such blind spots that are caused by malfunctions of our brain, can be addressed by dealing with the misfirings of the parts, conflicting with each other, due to their different evolutionary age (as in Fight-or-Flight instinctive response). Modalities, based on J.S.Bach’s polyphony RESTORE DISRUPTED BY STRESS AND TRAUMA EMOTIONAL/INTELLECTUAL BALANCE THAT IS CRITICAL FOR THE OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION, And through authentic engagement with BOTH complex intellectual structure AND PASSIONATE EMOTIONAL CONTENT, manifestation of HIGH EFFICACY healing impact can be achieved both for self-growth & for counselors’ use in their work with clients.
Dear members of the worldwide family of J.S.Bach's devotees, If you are among a few of those people who is able to grasp the complexity of the issues, please, show support at the time of EXTREME DISTRESS AND HARDSHIP of the inventor and developer of the above unique tool kit that provides the rare hope for Humanity that is currently in a dire hopeless place... thanks to our bran’s instinctive ability to elicit feel good neurotransmitters upon interaction with music.
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It is the critical step for recovering from the global widespread calamity of SENSORY DEBILITATION that derails our ability to make the sound priorities,and thus, is THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN THE FORM OF THE BLIND SPOT AT THE CORE OF ALL ILLS OF EVERY HUMAN BEING'S, REALITY
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