Naaz's Story: The Birth of SoundPath
had always longed to make a recording of my own music. Born to two
opera singers and having performed for many years as a dancer and
singer with the
Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble and the Laura Dean Dancers and
Musicians, I had been seen and heard primarily as a performer of
other people's work. I had not yet found my own voice, so to speak.
I complained to my dear friend and colleague, Sonya
Shannon , also an artist. She looked me squarely in the soul
and declared that I had to sing. She insisted that I rent time at
a recording studio one hour per week as if I were in therapy. I
decided to do it and see what would emerge. Sonya accompanied me
to the first couple of sessions as my artistic midwife, bringing
her sketchpad and journal. I brought my violin and my pounding heart
and let it roll. Sound engineer and musician, John
Guth, quietly recorded my journey, capturing every impulse,
melody, and meditation in sound.
felt great! I now had the technology and the moral support I needed.
I was granted help, despite my usual resistance to asking for it.
Within a few sessions, I became aware that I was experiencing something
quite new and profound: showing up for myself and being fully present.
wanted more of this experience, and I wanted to hear another layer
of sound. I remembered that a fellow musician, Bill
Ruyle, had moved to my hometown the prior year. I hadn't talked
to him in more than a decade. I decided to call him out of the blue.
"Bill," I said, "how would you like to go into the sound studio
with me and improvise." To my delight, he said, "Sure." Without
any rehearsal or planning, we showed up on the specified day and
simply began. From a few resonant beats of the tabla and melodic
strikes of the marimba, a sound world began to unfold, a world into
which I stepped with all my senses alive and attuned, journeying
on waves that poured forth from my heart and soul. I was alive!
was a new sense of joy! It was time to share this experience. At
first, I invited a small handful of buddies to a friend's living
room for a private performance. With increased conviction, I also
increased my audience. The next two performances took place at my
home and then at a magnificent salon overlooking the Hudson River.
Each of these live performances was recorded by John Guth.
the events were planned, the music that emerged was wholly spontaneous.
And from these recorded musical meditations, I selected nine tracks
that now appear on my first self-produced CD,
SoundPath. Although I have sung on other compact discs,
this experience was different. SoundPath brings forth
the Song in my heart, the Voice of my soul, born of inevitability
the CD became a reality, I was eager to share it with everyone.
Listeners began to reflect their experiences of this music back
to me. "Beyond Enya!", "It takes me on a journey",
"WOW! What magic. The sounds altered my cells and shifted my
vibration", "I play this during meditation", "Very
soothing", "I just wanted more." What
I have learned from people's responses is that SoundPath
creates experiences and possibilities beyond what I might have imagined.
Hosseini is a singer, dancer, violinist, psychotherapist,
voice healer, and voice empowerment coach. She has performed internationally with
the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble and the Laura Dean Dancers and
Musicians. In 2001, she received the Rockland County Executive Arts
Award for Performing Artist. Recommended in Dance Magazine, her highly acclaimed CD, SoundPath,
of healing vocal meditations inspires relaxation, imagination and
helps individuals reclaim the power of their voice for whole-hearted
speaking, singing, and being. She is available for individual consultations
in Nyack and Manhattan and by telephone or Skype. She workshops and performances in the United States and abroad.
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Healing Power of the Voice
DiMelle interviews Naaz Hosseini