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There’s No Place Like Harmonium

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After a whirlwind tour of shows and workshops at Melbourne’s and Sydney’s Mind Body Spirit festivals, and a CD launch in Bali, Mel and Josh Arent will bring her inspired and inspiring music to this intimate parish hall, following by workshops in the art of harmonium and techniques for living your vision.

How did you come to be playing the harmonium?

The harmonium found me.
I spent years in the hills behind Mullumbimby, surrounded by nature, singing mantras and learning to play.

What is it about the instrument that resonates with you?

I love that it is used in India as a means of connection. I love the healing, soothing sounds that it creates.

How hard is it for beginners to learn the harmonium?

It is really easy. I have 10 beginners all playing together beautifully by the end of their first workshop.

mel-dobra-&-harmoniumWhat inspires you most when creating your music?

Stories of truth, growth and personal challenge that can inspire change from within.
I am inspired by the stories of challenge and transformation that we face in day-to-day living. I enjoy digging deep within my own soul, and sharing my story, the lessons that I have learnt, in the hope that it resonates with and inspires others.

What should we expect for your local show?
A nurturing and heartfelt space to unwind from a busy year. We have been touring a lot, and it will be great to showcase how we have grown. Sweet harmonies, violin, and the talented Josh Arent on guitar, offering songs from his upcoming album.

At St Martin’s Parish Hall in Mullumbimby on Sunday with an Art of Harmonium workshop on
6 December and a Living Your Vision workshop
on 7 December. Both workshops at St Martin’s Hall, and both 1–5pm.

Tickets:  www.trybooking.com/GJEP

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