Opening for Eckhart Tolle

about Praful's collaborations with bestselling author/teacher Eckhart Tolle

November 8 2017

On November 1st 2013, I had the honor to open the evening talk of bestselling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle ('The Power of Now', 'A New Earth') at the Tivoli Center in Copenhagen. My job was to gently prepare the almost 2000 people for his discourse, to play 'music to quiet the mind' and help people arrive here-now, relax, start falling deeper into themselves. I knew I had between 30 and 40 minutes for this, but other than that I knew not what I would play. That for me is being in the NOW. My beloved partner Vimal could not keep herself from giving me advice before the concert: 'don't play your fixed compositions, just play freely and improvise, out of the moment, that's when you're at your best!' My mind tried to make me nervous as in 'what are you going to do?' to which i could only reply 'i don't know, but don't worry, it will be great!' Since I always listen to my beloved (and occasionally do as she suggests :-) I just let it flow, played Indian flute and Soprano Sax, created some spontaneous accompanying textures with the help of a loop device and gave the audience the opportunity to join me with their voices in simple toning. I was 'in the zone' almost immediately and really enjoyed it. It was finished after 30 minutes and we all stayed in a deep silence for a while before the applause came. People's feedback was very positive, 'beautiful', 'powerfully present', 'a caressing musical yourney echoing and moving through you'. Eckhart said afterwards that, when entering the hall after my performance, he felt the energy had deepened (unfortunately he could not hear me in the backstage room and needs to be in silence before his talk). His wife Kim Eng was sitting front row, though, and was very touched. So who knows, we may work together again — I am looking forward to it!

PS- the 3 videos of the concert are on youtube and can also be watched on my website

Comments

Please log in to add comments

Sign up with your social networks:

Upcoming events

July 8, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
EXIT Festival
Music
July 13—16, De Berckt Castle, De Berckt 1, 5991 PD Baarlo, Netherlands
Ecstatic Dance Festival Holland
Music
July 18—24, Home Shanti Home, 04150 Simiane La Rotonde, France
DEEP Summer Retreat
Workshops
July 28, Ferme Bleue, Rte du Revollet, 38440 Artas, France
Praful Concert
Music
August 19—20, De Uelenspiegel, Winkelsteeg 5, 7975PV Uffelte, Netherlands
Levensvreugde Festival zomerweek
Music
August 21, White Cloud Ashram, Hamrikkerweg 132, 9943 PD Nieuw Scheemda, Netherlands
Osho Summer Festival
Music

Community members

Shabad Avtar Singh cwallackshane ai Praful Christine Vanessa Syphax Walker anvoop Praful Pachauri Roland Leitmeyer Светлана susana Keith Traynham