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The Focusing Institute Holiday Gathering & First Annual Fundraiser

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Friday, December 7, 2012
The Focusing Institute Holiday Gathering & First Annual Fundraiser
Celebrate our growing community

Location: New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th St, 10th Fl

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Open House)
Program begins at 6:30 PM
Music to open our hearts and move our feet
Guest speaker: Shirley Turcotte!
Light refreshments will be provided
Suggested minimum donation: $25

As a surprise, we are happy and fortunate to announce John McDowell and Michael Wimberly, two professional musicians who will perform and get us moving. Through their world music and drumming John and Michael bring a message of respect for diversity.

In addition Shirley Turcotte will speak about Aboriginal Complex Trauma.

This is a unique opportunity to move us into the next phase of The Focusing Institute's commitment to diversity and making focusing programming more accessible.

We hope you feel free to invite others who may be interested in joining us for this very special evening.

If you would like to make a monthly donation or a donation for a different amount, please call Melinda Darer: 845-362-5222

Please join us in celebration, connection and community. Your presence and support would be welcome and appreciated.

Melinda Darer and DaRa Williams

In our tradition of supporting worthy projects, this year we are pleased to raise money for the Scholarship Fund for the upcoming 2013 Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Program. The goal is to offer financial assistance to those who work with under served communities and under resourced populations in the New York Metropolitan area. Many of these committed and poorly acknowledged deserving people work in agencies and institutions where, in light of today's difficult economy, there is no longer funding for continuing education or professional development.

John McDowell (www.johnmcdowell.net)

John McDowell Composer and musician John McDowell has been heard at Lincoln Center, the UN, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and throughout Europe and North America.

Musician and film composer John McDowell achieved worldwide recognition with his soundtrack to the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels. Winner of Best Musical Score at the Bend Film Festival, the score blends Western and Indian music in a mesmerizing mix. Subsequent film scores by McDowell include Who Does She Think She Is?, Orgasmic Birth, and the documentary film Stolen which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2009.

Known for much more than just his film scores, McDowell is also a highly gifted pianist, percussionist, producer, commissioned composer and conductor. His work over the past 25 years draws on classical, jazz, pop, and world music. McDowell served as founder, artistic director and leader of several musical projects including The Born Into Brothels Ensemble and the world music band Mamma Tongue. He has toured and recorded with Rusted Root and Krishna Das and has produced several albums including his solo CD Speaking the Mamma Tongue. McDowell’s formal education and subsequent informal global training has made him a largely self-taught ethnomusicologist of widely-ranging scale.

After receiving music composition degrees from DePaul and Northwestern Universities, McDowell lived in Europe and Africa. His research took him to Senegal, Gambia, India, and to work with Native American drummers and singers from the Tuscarora and Oglala tribes. In Europe, his dance scores have been featured at the Brussels Dance Festival, the Holland Festival, and the Berlin-Amsterdam Festival.He has written over 100 pieces ranging from solo flute music to dance scores, a requiem, and works for a world music ensemble and orchestra. He has performed at major venues and festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and the United Nations. He is also a biodynamic farmer and has recently performed and toured in the U.S. and Canada as half of the piano/violin duo project Music for Farms with Canadian violinist, composer, and fellow farmer Emmanuel Vukovich.

Michael Wimberly (www.tocapercussion.com)

Michael WimberlyRaised in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Wimberly set off for New York in 1982, quickly carving out a niche for himself. It was there he performed in duets, quartets and larger ensembles with unique or experimental instrumentation. For example, with Steve Coleman he collaborated on many projects, live and in the studio, including the creation of The Five Elements (including David Gilmore and Don Byron), in which radical conceptual pieces were refined for performance.

In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, Michael Wimberly is also a composer and has written for prestigious New York dance companies (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Joffrey Ballet). Although his percussive repertoire is replete with traditional rhythms, Michael is known for playing cutting-edge music involving a meld of visuals and audio, not to mention a penchant for contemporary jazz.

Michael holds a Masters degree from The Manhattan School of Music and he is a member of The Collective (formerly Drummers’ Collective). He has performed/recorded with P-Funk, Steve Coleman, Mama Tongue, and Charles Gayle.

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