Living World: On the Edge

Life & Death of Sacred Earth; By Design, or Something...

By Marco Zonka

The Living World: A Living Miracle in Disguise

Cleverly disguised as something common, mundane and obvious, the entire universe unfolds before our eyes. How much we choose to actually apprehend and experience of that universe, is another story.

Hungry, inventive, dispassionate, the shaping and guiding laws of physics through creation and evolution wield mercy and severity, kindness and judgment, giving all their equally just or unjust dues.

In spite or because of all vagaries and vicissitudes, the living human drama within and without us carries us along for the ride.

Scrappy and spontaneous, following fixed patterns yet somehow random and ambiguous, circumstantial evidence from the body of the universe reveals an opportunistic cosmic improvisation on a vastly improbable scale.

And into the perpetually self-actuating "is-ness" of everything comes also the universal living presence, which instinctively affirms: I AM.

How he/she/we began is a mystery; how he/she/we will end, is in process.

We cannot relive our beginning, but we will each get a very personal taste of our end.Will our personal and collective demise come from rationally and sympathetically participating in understanding the universal living-design, as revealed by natural law, bringing ourselves into harmony with it?

Or will our path be skewered by a willfully chosen indifference to the natural order, and we ourselves fall victim to our own disinterest and oversight?

Elephant in the Room: Just because the elephant is invisible, does not mean it is not there...

Incrementally, cumulatively, our beloved living world is becoming more toxic and ecologically compromised everyday. Field studies confirm an unprecedented wave of species/genetic-diversity loss underway worldwide. Unbalanced use or abuse of natural resources have precipitated a wave of global eco-system failures.

Mass extinctions have occurred many times in the history of the world and it recovered just fine. It only took a few million years. But now, up close and personal on the millennial stage of human civilization, comes the Mother Effing F-Word of all time: Fukushima.

www.healthandhearth.org

Of many tangents of distant threats and real and present dangers we face, by nefarious design or sheer greed or stupidity, holding Earth herself hostage, there is one that is no less deadly by being invisible, and no less pervasive because you cannot see, taste, or smell it: Radiation.

The New "Pacific Ring of Fire"

Those familiar with geology know that the most geologically and volcanically active places on earth are the land-masses that encircle the pacific ocean, know as the "pacific ring of fire."

But just as an ancient fire burns within the body of mother earth that is critical to her health and creative power, a new fire burns on her surface that is antithetical and inimicable to that power.

The Atomic/Nuclear Age has increased the presence of the most singularly lethal and destructive element to all living things on earth: radiation.

As daily Radioactive-Particle CPM readings (Counts Per Minute)  peak and trough hourly across the Northern hemisphere, and all around the "Pacific Ring of Fire" this new form of daily “radiation weather” is spiking anywhere from many tens to many hundreds of times higher than previous "norms".

Personal, community, and global health protection requires that we pay attention and respond to this new scourge with due diligence, intelligence and ingenuity.

Growing evidence supports a very disturbing conclusion: Fukushima potentially  represents the most deadly threat to human civilization and life on earth that we have ever faced.  

So what are we going to do about it? What  can we do?

We cannot solve a problem that we do not see, just as we cannot find a solution that we do not seek.

Please go to www.healthandhearth.org where you can find “LIVE Real-time” radiation readings all around the Pacific Ring of Fire, and all across North America, and other information about the patterns of radioactive fallout from Fukushima in our personal environment.

Find here also how you can protect yourself and loved ones, nutritionally and behaviorally, from this invisible scourge, And then, from a strengthened and more informed diligence, we can begin to forge a collective and rational global response to this monstrous catastrophe, and create new paths for human civilization into the future.

It is a future that may not exist if we do not rise to the challenge of creating, nurturing and affirming it.

www.healthandhearth.org

Please also find here some journeys of sound into the manifold reaches and mysteries of the LivingWorld; sonic paths of emotional inquiry inward, leading outward; tonal-journeys and affirmations outward, that lead within.

Affirming and strengthening our connection with each other and the earth through, music, dance, and celebration, are rituals of connection, and therefore good medicine for all that is interconnected in and through our Mother Nature/Mother Earth!

Consider perhaps hosting a journey with drum and song in moving circles of drummers and singers and dancers usung "Hoop & Song";

More info at:   www.livingworldmusic.com/hoop__song/

Or a Journey into the ancient language of drum and dance:

More info at: www.tonguesandtala.com

Or perhaps participate in recreating the ancient ceremonial art of walking prayer and circular movement, with drum and song, by co-facilitating and hosting a "walking-Prayer/Circle-Song" experience in your community:

More information here: http://www.marcozonka.org/circle_dancing/

And Lastly:  Host an afternoon or evening of live music for musings and movement with me and my "loop-J Zee" music; synthesizer and both live and digital-audio drumming loops and sythesizer-based sequences, with live & prerecorded vocals & instrumentals, drum-loops & performances, over a rich bed of world music for dance & drum --including many originals and "wold-music" style traditional songs and covers --performed LIVE! 

And Please download some songs!

All songs are .99 cents each, including the recent song about "Yeti"  (the ancient and secretively hidden wildmen of the world)  and "Thunder Over Varanassi", evoking the heroic power of thunder and lightening over this sacred "eternal city" as Varanassi/Benares is known.

All proceeds directly support my ongoing musical efforts as an eco-political troubadour and consciousness-advocate on behalf of the living world,  and all  her indigenous  musical and dance related creative forms.  So please purchase and download a few songs, try a free trial "tongues & tala" session on skype to see how I can make it relevant and useful for you, on whatever instrument or dance form you play.

(I am skype-ID  marco.zonka   on skype)

And invite your friends to join us in the dance and mystery of co-creation!

 

Runes of Warning, or Ruination?

The message from mother earth is clear: Love one another, and treat and defend our precious living planet as if she were, herself, ourselves.

www.healthandhearth.org

M. Zonka

*

About the song: "Thunder over Varanasi"...

The city of Varanasi (Benares) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth.

Enduring through eons of history disappearing into the mists of ancient human experience, Varanasi is wreathed by the holy Mother River Ganga, entwining her rising and sinking temples with a necklace of shimmering beauty... and sorrow. Here, human beauty and majesty lives and breathes beside human suffering and indignity on a vast scale. Ma Ganga... life -giving Mother; elephants bathe in Her as the bodies of children float by, face down; garlands of fresh flowers & candles on floating leaves, tokens of the prayers and hopes and dreams of unseen multitudes, are carried slowly downstream; scented oils on floating effigies of Gods mix with human and animal effluent, all of it drifting inexorably toward the the distant horizon; all of it a living breathing metaphor of the human experience.

“India does not exist for herself alone; India exists for the whole world” Mahatma Gandhi said.

And that is especially true of Varanasi, crown jewel of North India, a city where ancient past and modern present meet for tea everyday; iron in the blacksmiths hearth rings out --molten and glowing-- under hammer blows of the blacksmith, as it has for a thousand years, next door to the cell phone shop, where a trendy young man, impeccably dressed in Western attire, demonstrates the latest programming features in the very latest wireless handheld.

When thunder clouds form and explode with lightening over this sacred city, sheets of rain follow, washing away all manner of excess and human and animal detritus, purifying the air and earth, and cleansing the hearts and minds of all who live here, in reverence and fear of the cycles of flood and famine that are the life blood, the death and rebirth, of this seething human organism known also as “The Eternal City.”

 

The song "Thunder over Varanasi" (see sound=cloud file) based on the Hindustani Raga/melody known as Raga Megh, evokes the power of thunder and torrential rain, a fatal onslaught to some and the very life’s blood to all others living in this  ancient, enduring city. Situated on the floodplains of the river Ganga, where Shiva’s generosity floods Ma Ganga’s bosom with life-giving water, the holy river bursts forth from her banks across the wide river basin around Varanasi, to re-fertilize her soil every spring, while also taking a lethal toll on the elderly and the young and infirm. 

The mighty Ganga's life giving waters are life-taking as well.

“Thunder over Varanasi” invokes the power of heaven to bring forth new life, its heroic pathos evocative of the power of nature and the living spirit within us, its stately rhythm reminiscent of the walk of elephants... carrying all earthly patrons along the road of beauty and sorrow, joy and illusion; our souls journey of awakening through this exquisitely miraculous and mysterious world. 

-marco z

*

 

In the beginning God alledgedly said: "Let there be light!"

And so there was light. And it was good.

Which begs the question:

Q: Why did God want light?

A: To energize and illuminate the dance!

God is many things to many people, but most dancers and even some musicians will tell you: The adventurous spirit that gave rise to the universe is first &foremost a dancer. Riding fiery waves of sound and light that are the flesh and blood of the living universe, that spirit of adventure is living and dieing and dancing on billions of worlds, and is bringing all of us along for the ride.!

If you were god, would you do it any other way?

XExercise Co-Creation !

 Creation of Universe in Progress!   Help Wanted!

Language is the penultimate conveyor of meaning and significance.

Language, the universal arbiter of the human experience, codifies that experience and its history and memory over time, preserving it "forever" in written runes of codified sound patterns (phonic letters & words).

The brain itself is continually engaged in the process of encoding and decoding audio and verbal information in a language-brain lobe wholly concerned with language and sound patterns, one of the largest and most active portions of the brain.

So language and vocalization, as the most ancient and intuitive forms of pattern recognition and sound-communication,  embedded in our brain structure itself, is also an excellent vehicle for recognizing and understanding  and remembering patterns with regard to music, drumming, and dancing, all of whjich are "patterns" and "forms".  Understanding those forms in the form of language with a vocalized sound-based way of "internalizing", understanding, then conveying those forms to others, as contrasted to conceptualizing and communicating music and movement in terms of "numbers" and "counting," as is often the way.

One of the most integrative and intuitively assimilative forms of learning is one that integrates verbal sounds and movements, with patterns of rhythm and music conveyed with feeling and meaning. This form of learning is therefor an "embodied" form of learning, informing by both motor skills/body-memory as well as by word and "mind" related intelligence and memory. What is more, brain studies indicate, a rhythmic and deliberate "crossing of the mid-body axis" with movements of symmetry, grace and beauty, enliven and enervate the activated participant in form of learning based in both body and mind,

Play usually inspires the most enthusiastic and intelligent forms of learning. Through playful study of language & rhythm for dance & music, based on classical oriental knowledge and practice, Hindustani & Persian rhythm & dance language has proven its utility, and persistence, by way of its inherent usefulness, over thousands of years.

So its likely to be of use to you, too.

That language has been distilled here into a series of words and phrases which. like recombinant DNA, engender an infinite variety of offspring. Like elements on the Table of periodic Elements itself, these sonic elements also recombine into increasingly complex forms and permutations, witnessed in the spectacle of living matter, as designed and made flesh by nature herself.

Origins of this language are ancient and have many dialects in dozens of tongues in countries all over the world, The ones used here are primarily of North Hindustani and/or Persian/North African origin.

People sometimes ask: Do these words/sounds/"tala" have any meaning?

All sounds carry meaning. Some are intrinsic meanings, and some are assumptive meanings.

Here are some assumptive meanings for the following syllables, based on English, Latin, Sanskrit and ancient Egyptian root-sound/meanings:

Ta --Affirmative! --Yes! --Agreed --It is! --It is so! --And so I AM!

Ka --spirit body, vessel, container

De  --God --masculine deity (pronounced "Dey" or "Dei")

Mi  --Self

Ta  --Yes!  --it is so!

Ki     --energy --power --source

Ta   --yes!

Di     feminine deity, feminine energy

Ki     -- power, --source

Ta   --Yes! --It is so! And so it is! I AM!

So therfor, the "pattern" above, which is:

4:Ta Ka De Mi    3:Ta ki ta   3:Di ki Ta           (=10)

Which roughly translated means: 

Yes! --It is so! --I AM!

Spirit body, Vessel, Container --Masculine Deity-Self

Yes!  it is so! Energy --power --source--Yes! It is so!

And so I AM!

Feminine deity, feminine grace, power, source --Yes! --It is so!

And so I AM!

These are primordial affirmations intrinsic to the high-tech vehicle of communion and communication that we call language, the stream of sounds and meanings we call music, and the chorus of beauty, power and light that is the adventure of life itself.

This playbook invites the muse of the maestral & dancer of the  adventurous on a whirlwind of "Power/Pattern/Pulse" ; not just the root language of music & movement as it turns out, but according to modern physics: the universal  language of scale and proportion "Amplitude/Frequency/Duration " evidenced by the anatomy of the universe itself.

That is why music both expresses and resonates with, in and of the natural world, because it speaks the same language of proportion, balance and scale.

*

Without a direct and personal experience of this hand/eye. body/mind approach it can sometimes be hard to imagine if it will be of use to you.

That being so, please have a look at some of the material below and call me with your video and audio feeds enabled on skype, and I will give you a free 10 to 15 minute tutorial, adapted specifically to whatever melodic instrument you play, whatever drum or drumming style you play, or whatever dance form you dace.

You can find me on skype under skype-name:

marco.zonka

Ah go on and call: I DARE you!!!

+

Below is an DRAFT/expert from the

"Tongues & Tala: DNA of World Rhythm & Dance" playbook,

This book presents a language of movement & music, based on classical Indian & Persian/North Afican influences, in a universally useful & accessible way.

When musicians, dancers, drummers & choreographers all "speak and sing the same language" collaborative works of very nuanced cooperation and co-creation become possible, as seen in so many classical arts.

Whole Body-Mind Intelligence:

Using classically developed verbalizations of rhythms, through music and melody, and through movements & dance, the Tongues&Tala System engages the learnig process by way of fully integrated hand-movements&claps, body-movements, and rhythmic or musical verbalizations. Recent brain studies indicate that these kinds of multilevel-learning processes (music and dance!) have been found to be of great benefit in enhancing and strengthening ones learning capacity in all areas of learning and growing.

   

On the following pages a series of syllables and “word-patterns” unfold before your eyes. These patterns follow an internal logic of development intrinsic to all languages, but in the vocabulary presented here is purposefully adapted to expressing music & rhythm-based feelings & thoughts as melodies, drum patterns, or dance patterns.

The universality of the language distilled here is presented in a concise syllabus of syllables, each element building on and developing the elements that came before it, while also introducing new musical-elements and rhythmic-patterns.

As I played with various forms of rhythm-word languages, extracting the essential core of rhythmic elements embedded in them, I began to see a pattern of simplicity moving toward ever-increasing complexity similar to the Periodic Table of Elements from chemistry, and analogous to life itself, on its endless arc toward systems of higher order, complexity, and nuance.

The coincidence is not, of course, by chance, but by nature.

 

All systems of order and proportion in the natural world follow unerring principals of “balance” & “proportion”; an outworking of very simple to very complex geometries of great subtlety, power, and beauty, unfolding in real-time; and so it is the same with the universal laws and elements of “sound”. And so, right along with universal anatomies and morphologies of sound, comes the musings of music, rhythm & dance.

Balance & Beauty!


 Is Beauty Subjective? When an infant looks at any given human face (all of them expressing a “neutral” or “non- expressive” plain-face) infants spontaneously respond to faces that “common culture” sees as most attractive and “beautiful” yet the infant does this without any “acculturation”  whatsoever.

How? Why?

 

Whether looking at the spiraling arms of atomic-ratio’s or the cross-section of a galaxy or a Nautalis shell, all the same rules of “proportions” apply, all of them based on the “Fibonacci Series” 1;1;2;3;5;8;13 & so on, ad infinitum (more about that later). Because the human mind is given structure and proportions by the same universal laws of form and order governing the animal-morphology of living-matter, it innately recognizes those characteristics in all that “meets the eye”, or “meets the ear” so to speak.

And the same is true for all that “meets the ear.”

There really is no such thing as “chance” in the natural world; what we call “chance” is more accurately and more honestly our inability to see and understand the laws governing that which we are observing and attempting, within the limits of our intelligence, to “understand.”

  How So?

Why does a well-tuned piano or guitar chord sound “good”?

 

Because all the vibrations in all the strings being hit or plucked “line-up” with equal proportions and “vibrations” (sounds) and so the human ear-mind feels/perceives something “pleasing” Encouraging the mind to passively and “naturally” perceive/experience this intrinsic proportionality in nature is a good “learning mind” to cultivate, because the perception/experience of sensory-based universality-of--proportions conveys “of itself” its own internal “logic” and “order”; the recognition of that order as “pattern recognition” is the basis of all forms of “learning” and “understanding”.

Language, as with understanding, depends on: Memory.

As the knowing know, there is more than one way to “understand something”, and more than one way to remember it as well.

There are four principle ways –or channels of experience- we will engage to inform the process of perceiving/learning/remembering body-mind here: word-mind memory; hand-mind memory; eye-mind memory; & body-mind memory.

Kinesthetically, our body-mind remembers experiences through all of these parallel channels of perception/sensory experience, and then encoded as “memory”. So a process engaging all of them enhances the learning potential and integrative ability of all of them. And because it speaks to the language of rhythm, music, and dance, it is a lingua franca common to all.

 For the sake of this play-book we will engage and try to maximize the utility of 3 of them.

  3 Ways of Learning/Understanding/Remembering:

1)       Body/Movement based memory (somatic/sympathetic);

2)       Spoken-word based memory (psychosomatic)

3)       Logic based memory (Para-sympathetic)

 Obviously all of these native sensibilities are interrelated and operate together; but by focusing on one and then another of these modes of memory can effectively maximize the integrative learning potential of each mode.

Horse Sense

“Horse sense” is not the primitive intelligence it is commonly thought to be, but is rather a tremendously complex and multileveled capacity of cognitive and intuitive comprehension that includes but goes far beyond mere “logic.” Embracing and utilizing this in any learning process expands and strengthens that learning process. Studies show that what is sometimes referred to as “blink” mind –an instantaneous intuitive discernment that can “sum up” a very complex situation or problem almost instantly—is a better “judging” mind or “decision-making” mind than the “logical deliberative” mind because it is able to cognitively apprehend greater levels of understanding than can ever be fully grasped by the “logical mind.”

In fact, the “logical mind” can quite strenuously inhibit a more relaxed and intuitive learning mind, and get in the way of the very process that it is trying to facilitate.

Lets start with the highest learning power of them all: Playfulness!!

Why do all baby living things spend most of their time playing? Because it’s the best way, whole body and whole mind, to learn!

So….

Warning!

Do Not Think Whatsoever about what you are about to do!!

Engage your cosmic horse-sense as you amble willy-nilly down any given wild road, or road less traveled.! It will help you experience and “learn” more than you will ever merely know!

Go to the Periodic Table of Tala (above and below); look at each page, and “speak aloud” each word and phrase. Combine more and more words together, saying them evenly and rhythmically. Challenge your own memory; start with just two words and build them up into phrases; see how many syllables you can remember; notice how certain patterns seem easy to remember, and other ones are harder, or don’t seem to “goove”. Ask yourself regularly: Is the groove really not there, or am I just not feeling groovy enough to find it? Be honest!

One thing is certain: the more you absorb and “embody” a broader vocabulary of rhythm, the more you are able to find the grove in rhythm patterns that were at one time unfamiliar to you.

Mix and match words & phrases in any way that is fun rhythmically or linguistically to you; Forget about your brain and just wrap your mouth & tongue around it (no fun intended!) and just speak it (or sing it!) in free-verse, or with a beat.

Your mind/brain likes language; when you engage these words playfully and say them clearly and precisely, the language- mind automatically begins remembering accents and “patterns” without even “thinking” about it. Allow some time for this spontaneous freeform “language acquisition facility” to engage itself. Later, you can engage it with more deliberation, and open up a new levels of “pattern recognition” (i.e.“language/learning acquisition”) building on the motor sensory memories of earlier experiences.

 

 

 

 

This acappella hip-hop/rap tune “Butt They’re Frackin’” by me and my shadow "Diablo"  is now queued up on CDBaby for down=load

Fracking is a disruptive and diabolical “gas extraction” method gaining ground these days, and destroying all ground it “gains” through poisoned water tables and other grave misfortunes inflicted upon all the people who live near it.

This song speaks to the dire consequences of “fracking” & the growing imperative to halt all forms of  “scorched earth” policies promulgated by UN Agenda 21, pilfering and profiteering from the common-good and commonwealth, and leaving a backwash of  poison and ruin in its wake.

This song asks: who is responsible for the continuation of fracking? Those who do the fracking? Or those who will really get fracked by ignoring it?

                                                               *****

Dancers, Drummers, Singers & Instrumentalists!

 FREE 10 minute LIVE online SKYPE tutorial!

 LIVE-Online language of dance, drum and music tutorials –FREE 10 minute “skype-to-skype” LIVE video/audio introduction, tailored directly toward your interest or particular instrument (any drum, voice, or type of instrument may be used) Please inquire at marco@zonka.org

360.302.5255 America //  022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype 

*

 Dance Studios & Live Dance Accompanists:

Five Rhythms & Nea to Belly Dance &  Flamenco & Modern Dance:

A Free 10 minute skype-to-skype audio/video  LIVE online demonstration/audition, tailored to your particular dance niche, is the best way to dee if the "language of tala" speaks to you; see if a session for yourself online may be of any interest as an educator; or try it as a free-online audition; see if  it may be a good special dance and music educational program at your school or community event center.

Please inquire at marco@zonka.org  //  or using "skype-name" +marco.zonka   on Skype  

*

 Educators and Schools:

FREE 10-20 minute online introduction/”audition” and LIVE playshop demonstration, tailored toward your schools music or dance or educational enhancement needs, for evaluation and session-booking (online) or event and workshop-booking consideration (at your school or studio) by decision-makers. Please inquire at marco@zonka.org

360.302.5255 America //  022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype 

*

Indie-Audio/Video Artists, Producers & Engineers: Clients & Co-creative project-collaborations welcome

FREE online SoundCloud auditions and FIXED RATE online recording/overdub services:

Online Recording Sessions and Collaborations: Wanna spice up your tracks? Want something  new to start new with? Some exotic layered percussion and juicy ambient groove, vocalese chorusing, or other rare string or woodwind ethnic instruments?

FREE online overdub over-the-internet auditions via SoundCloud available; upload your rough audio on Soundcloud and enable collaboration (or an FTTP upload server) and I will send back some test tracks to see if it is what you want or not. If you like it, we book the tracks/sessions at a “per song” fixed “session-cost” (depending on how many instruments and how much layering may or may not be involved, per song). If yea, we proceed. If thanks but no thanks, it is no cost to you.

360.302.5255 America //  022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype 

Will also trade for tracks, if you are a keys or strings or woodwinds player or female vocalist who can musically relate to my songs. Please inquire at marco@zonka.org

*

Festivals and Musical Events:

A selection of my songs are available at www.marcozonka.org . On that page are tabs for the dance and music play-shops I do for children and adults, about an ancient and universal “spoken-word” language of dance, drum & song called “tala” and how to sing it, dance it, and drum it.

Restaurant, Clubs & Special Events:

Go to the “World-Music/Trance-Dance-Party with Loop-J Zonka” tab and get a feel for the mixed sets of original Loop-J Zonk World-Groove Machine Songs with live musical accompaniment (me, using live and prerecorded loops) Original arrangements and Compositopns,  interspersed with rhythmic world music/dance classics and myriad other juicy world music for dance grooves.

marco@zonka.org

022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype // 360.302.5255 America 

 

Comedy Clubs and Performance Venues

Look on the Zonka vs. Diablo tab for a youtube of Diablo having his way with his shadow-self, Zonka. Diablo-only in persona is available for performance and extempore interaction and conversation. To book a night with Diablo at your club or event, please contact Zonka at marco@zonka.org  

022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype // 360.302.5255 America

 

 

The Language of Music  By Marco Zonka

What is music and why does it touch and move us so deeply?

The answer to this question cuts to the heart of another question: what is language, and where does it come from?

So-called “modern science” and ancient wisdom have now arrived at the same conclusion: The very body and substance of the entire universe itself is made of: vibration.

What we call “substance”, what we call “matter”, what we consider to be the most “real” and the most “tangible” substance of “the material world” is, in fact, the most illusory and deceptively “physical” form of what can only be more accurately described as: units of encapsulated light (atoms, molecules, stars and suns).

 Even those very “units” themselves, regardless of how “tangible” and “real” and “physical” they may seem, as revealed to Einstein and his mentor Max Planck, and known as well by the ancient masters, are not even “here” at all half of the time: because, as the units of matter (atoms) “move” through space and time, in reality, they do not move in a continuum of constant “existence” at all. In fact they forever “disappear into nothing” and then reemerge at their next “location in space” so to speak. Consequently, it is now known, the entire universe spends at least half of its time existing in another state, in another dimension, that the human mind can only grasp and articulate as existing in “the nothing”.

So when darkness was over the face of the deep and the Primordial Source of All declared: “Let there be light!” the very flesh and blood of the material universe streamed forth as wind and water and earth and light and power and fire and flesh.

And so the birth of light is widely understood to be the first primordial act of Source coming into: Existence.

But this too, is illusory.

Because the first and most primordial act of Creation, was not the creation of “Something” (matter/light/physical existence itself) or “Sophia” as the ancient Wise Ones called it; the first act of creation was the creation of: “The Nothing”, “The Womb of Emptiness” that will birth all that will come to be, before it comes to be.

It is what the ancients called “Ain-Soph”, the “before-something”  the  “Womb of All that will be”; it is the gestating source of Love and Wisdom, the formative power of light and creative will at the foundation of all that ever is and ever will be.

And as we now know, matter as we know it still spends half of its existence dwelling in a state of “nothingness” out of which it is forever “reemerging”, reborn and renewed.

In music one can think of it as the “space” between the notes, the silence in between the sounds, the “nothing” that gives a particular shape to a given song, and out of which the melody and rhythm “emerge” into sound and form and movement.

 In the so-called “Gospel of John” (which we have reason to suspect is really the Gospel of Magdalene) we read:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory.”

Yeshua/Jesus referred to Magdalene many times, over and above all his other disciples as “thou pure of the light.” Which is to say: she is of Sophia/Birther of Light/Giver of Knowing.

And as there is in “light” there is also in “the word”, both of which in purest essence are “vibrations” suffused with  “meaning” and “messages” and even a guiding “purposefulness”.

 “Evolution” as we refer to the developmental unfolding of life and the universe, IS truly happening, but not the way Darwin and the materialists/mechanists would have you believe, which is to say “by chance” or by “accidents” or by “random mutations”; as most of the greatest scientific minds have always known (including Einstein, Newton, Kepler, Pythagoras and Michelangelo) evolution is happening and is being shaped and guided by the informing intelligences emanating throughout the universe in the forms of sound and light.

 “Light” (synonymous with “knowing” and “understanding”) and the “word” (synonymous with wisdom and the message of love and spiritual power) transmit and communicate cosmic “information” (literally “giving form to”) all bodies that breathe and move with the animating power of the living spirit.

 What does this have to do with language and music?

As light conveys and quickens the body and flesh and substance of the known universe, it gives rise to life itself, and all that lives and grows rises out of “the darkness” into the light; so too does language convey and inform the mind and the heart with the “forms” of knowing and understanding, wisdom and love.

And the “language of music” exalts that wisdom and knowing into a shared “aural-field” (song) in which we can sing and dance together, sensing intuitively the Oneness of all being. That is why music is also called “the lazy man’s path to god.”

And as music is made of “units of sound” or “notes” with varying levels of pitch (tone) and with uniquely variable degrees of texture (timbre), in between these notes we also hear: the silence; the nothing; the primordial source from which all music/language/form/substance/atoms/electrons reemerge, renewed and newly alive, in every second, in every moment, in every living heart, in every star and sun.

 Spoken language as we know it differs among people the world over, and is largely a language of the thinking-mind. But the mind itself has a higher and wiser master, because the thinking-mind is most deeply informed by the knowing-heart; the one and only true “knower”.

The effable language of music is the pure and unadulterated language of the heart itself, transcending all temporal boundaries and linguistic and cultural limitations.

When we listen to music, or create and engage in music together, we are transported beyond all boundaries of time and space, beyond the limitations of the mind, suffering and ignorance; through the universal language of music, we can peer into the very heart of all that ever is, all that ever was, and all that ever will be: that ineffable thing we call God, Source, or the Living Spirit.

 Knowing this we a blessed to sing and dance together in sacred joy, understanding and remembering the unity of all that is and ever will be; the joyful recognition of universal connection that is by nature the essence of being truly “human”; the unity of nature that is fashioned into flesh and blood and is alive and well within us.

And that is the word of God, made flesh.

And that is the language of love.

And that is the language of light.

And that is the language of music.

 -Marco Zonka

 Welcome friends and Living World Neighbors!

The accelerating forces of darkness and light are advancing relentlessly; all the more reason to feed and fashion our light and our ignite our flame as we move toward the event horizon that will deliver us to the tipping point, the fulcrum of human fate moving inexorably closer to the present tense.

The words and visions of the late great spiritual master from Eastern Europe Peter Dounos have been resounding in my heart of late, and I invite you to  read his extraordinary communications for yourself, deeply relevant to the Time of Passage we are now directly entering.

Beloved by the likes of Krishna Murti, Yogananda, and Albert Einstein (to name a few) Peter Dounos was also the creater of PanEurythmy and many Circle Dances, rekindling an ancient European/Pagan spiritual practice of community-celebration and musical/spiritual ceremony in the form of Circle-Prayers &  Sacred Songs.


The Circle-dances & Sacred Song ceremonial arts that I offer (see the Circle dance/Sacred-Song TAB above) are one small tributary of illumination coming from the great River of Light thatMasterPeter Duonos, and all who thirst for it, take nourishment and inspiration from.  


Please find here my small ways to feed and nurture the light, and take me up on the various FREE interactive online "skype" tutorials and "auditions" I am offering here, especially for dancers and dance schools, drummers and instrumentalists of all kinds.

And check out a few of my new songs, including "Thunder over Varanasi", "Yeti" and "Butt They're Frackin'", and others available here that may be new to you as well. Each song is .99 cents via CDbaby download, and your purchase of the songs you like goes a long way toward supporting the artists you like and enjoy!

So please have a look through the various offers below for dancers, drummers, musicians and event or festival organizers.

And I look forward to hearing from you!  

-marco z

                                                                        *

                      Dancers, Drummers, Singers & Instrumentalists!

 

FREE 10 minute LIVE online SKYPE tutorial!

 LIVE-Online language of dance, drum and music tutorials –FREE 10 minute “skype-to-skype” LIVE video/audio introduction, tailored directly toward your interest or particular instrument (any drum, voice, or type of instrument may be used) Please inquire at marco@zonka.org

360.302.5255 America //  022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype 

*

 Dance Studios & Live Dance Accompanists:

Five Rhythms & Nea to Belly Dance &  Flamenco & Modern Dance:

Please take advantage of a Free 10 minute skype-to-skype audio/video  LIVE online demonstration/audition, tailored to your particular dance niche; see if a session for yourself online may be of any interest to you as an educator; or maybe decide to offer one or more of these sessions as a special program at your dance studio or community event center.

Please inquire at marco@zonka.org  //  marco.zonka   on Skype  

*

 Educators and Schools:

FREE 10-20 minute online introduction/”audition” and LIVE playshop demonstration, tailored toward your schools music or dance or educational enhancement needs, for evaluation and session-booking (online) or event and workshop-booking consideration (at your school or studio) by decision-makers. Please inquire at marco@zonka.org

360.302.5255 America //  022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype 

*

Indie-Audio/Video Artists, Producers & Engineers: Clients & Co-creative project-collaborations welcome

FREE online SoundCloud auditions and FIXED RATE online recording/overdub services:

Online Recording Sessions and Collaborations: Wanna spice up your tracks? Want something  new to start new with? Some exotic layered percussion and juicy ambient groove, vocalese chorusing, or other rare string or woodwind ethnic instruments?

FREE online overdub over-the-internet auditions via SoundCloud available; upload your rough audio on Soundcloud and enable collaboration (or an FTTP upload server) and I will send back some test tracks to see if it is what you want or not. If you like it, we book the tracks/sessions at a “per song” fixed “session-cost” (depending on how many instruments and how much layering may or may not be involved, per song). If yea, we proceed. If thanks but no thanks, it is no cost to you.

360.302.5255 America //  022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype 

Will also trade for tracks, if you are a keys or strings or woodwinds player or female vocalist who can musically relate to my songs. Please inquire at marco@zonka.org

*

Festivals and Musical Events:

A selection of my songs are available at www.marcozonka.org . On that page are tabs for the dance and music play-shops I do for children and adults, about an ancient and universal “spoken-word” language of dance, drum & song called “tala” and how to sing it, dance it, and drum it.

Restaurant, Clubs & Special Events:

Go to the “World-Music/Trance-Dance-Party with Loop-J Zonka” tab and get a feel for the mixed sets of original Loop-J Zonk World-Groove Machine Songs with live musical accompaniment (me, using live and prerecorded loops) Original arrangements and Compositopns,  interspersed with rhythmic world music/dance classics and myriad other juicy world music for dance grooves.

marco@zonka.org

022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype // 360.302.5255 America 

 

Comedy Clubs and Performance Venues

Look on the Zonka vs. Diablo tab for a youtube of Diablo having his way with his shadow-self, Zonka. Diablo-only in persona is available for performance and extempore interaction and conversation. To book a night with Diablo at your club or event, please contact Zonka at marco@zonka.org  

022.351.0089 New Zealand //  marco.zonka   on Skype // 360.302.5255 America

 

 

Salutations Felicitadas & Felicitados!

Thanks for virtually visiting me!

Please check out a new accapella rap-song about "fracking" --or more specifically -- getting fracked!-- called "Butt They're Frackin'" (see sound-file on Right) available on CDbaby  for .99 cents.

New Songs here also include "Yeti" (to the right) featuring the beautiful acoustic guitar stylings of Keeth Apgar, and "Thunder over Varanasi" (below Yeti) with Keeth Apgar/guitar, and the wonderful sitarist and vocalist from Varanasi, India, Deobrat Mishra.

Click on the "Circle-Dance/Sacred-Song" tab for info about movement & music based celebrational/cermonial art playshops and events,  One of the Songs used in these circluar songs/movemets is  "Lord & Lordess Prayer" which you can hear to get a feeling for the call & response musical forms used in these moving-circle/celebration-songs. Short versions of each song are used to get started, and  lengthened as they become familiar.  

On the "Songs & Song-Stories" tab you can open a page that plays all songs available here and tells a story about the genesis of each song.

And I'd love to hear from you!

please pop-in "real-time" comments via "soundcloud comments" on the songs soundcloud time-line if you like, or write to me at marco@zonka.org.

=mz

 

 

This acappella hip-hop/rap tune “Butt They’re Frackin’” by me and my shadow "Diablo"  is now queued up on CDBaby for down=load

Fracking is a disruptive and diabolical “gas extraction” method gaining ground these days, and destroying all ground it “gains” through poisoned water tables and other grave misfortunes inflicted upon all the people who live near it.

This song speaks to the dire consequences of “fracking” & the growing imperative to halt all forms of  “scorched earth” policies promulgated by UN Agenda 21, pilfering and profiteering from the common-good and commonwealth, and leaving a backwash of  poison and ruin in its wake.

This song asks: who is responsible for the continuation of fracking? Those who do the fracking? Or those who will really get fracked by ignoring it?

=mz   

 

                   

                              The Language of Music  

                                                                                        By Marco Zonka

What is music and why does it touch and speak to and move us so deeply?

The answer to this question cuts to the heart of another question: what is language, and from whence does it come?

So-called “modern science” and ancient wisdom have now arrived at the same conclusion: The very body and substance of the entire universe itself is made of: vibration.

What we call “substance”, what we call “matter”, what we consider to be the most “real” and the most “tangible” substance of “the material world” is, in fact, the most illusory and deceptively “physical” form of what can only be more accurately described as: units of encapsulated light (atoms, molecules, stars and suns).

 Even those very “units” themselves, regardless of how “tangible” and “real” and “physical” they may seem, as revealed to Einstein and his mentor Max Planck, and known as well by the ancient masters, are not even “here” at all half of the time: because, as the units of matter (atoms) “move” through space and time, in reality, they do not move in a continuum of constant “existence” at all. In fact they forever “disappear into nothing” and then reemerge at their next “location in space” so to speak. Consequently, it is now known, the entire universe spends at least half of its time existing in another state, in another dimension, that the human mind can only grasp and articulate as existing in “the nothing”.

So when darkness was over the face of the deep and the Primordial Source of All declared: “Let there be light!” the very flesh and blood of the material universe streamed forth as wind and water and earth and light and power and fire and flesh.

And so the birth of light is widely understood to be the first primordial act of Source coming into: Existence.

But this too, is illusory.

Because the first and most primordial act of Creation, was not the creation of “Something” (matter/light/physical existence itself) or “Sophia” as the ancient Wise Ones called it; the first act of creation was the creation of: “The Nothing”, “The Womb of Emptiness” that will birth all that will come to be, before it comes to be.

It is what the ancients called “Ain-Soph”, the “before-something”  the  “Womb of All that will be”; it is the gestating source of Love and Wisdom, the formative power of light and creative will at the foundation of all that ever is and ever will be.

And as we now know, matter as we know it still spends half of its existence dwelling in a state of “nothingness” out of which it is forever “reemerging”, reborn and renewed.

In music one can think of it as the “space” between the notes, the silence in between the sounds, the “nothing” that gives a particular shape to a given song, and out of which the melody and rhythm “emerge” into sound and form and movement.

 In the so-called “Gospel of John” (which we have reason to suspect is really the Gospel of Magdalene) we read:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory.”

Yeshua/Jesus referred to Magdalene many times, over and above all his other disciples as “thou pure of the light.” Which is to say: she is of Sophia/Birther of Light/Giver of Knowing.

And as there is in “light” there is also in “the word”, both of which in purest essence are “vibrations” suffused with  “meaning” and “messages” and even a guiding “purposefulness”.

 “Evolution” as we refer to the developmental unfolding of life and the universe, IS truly happening, but not the way Darwin and the materialists/mechanists would have you believe, which is to say “by chance” or by “accidents” or by “random mutations”; as most of the greatest scientific minds have always known (including Einstein, Newton, Kepler, Pythagoras and Michelangelo) evolution is happening and is being shaped and guided by the informing intelligences emanating throughout the universe in the forms of sound and light.

 “Light” (synonymous with “knowing” and “understanding”) and the “word” (synonymous with wisdom and the message of love and spiritual power) transmit and communicate cosmic “information” (literally “giving form to”) all bodies that breathe and move with the animating power of the living spirit.

 What does this have to do with language and music?

As light conveys and quickens the body and flesh and substance of the known universe, it gives rise to life itself, and all that lives and grows rises out of “the darkness” into the light; so too does language convey and inform the mind and the heart with the “forms” of knowing and understanding, wisdom and love.

And the “language of music” exalts that wisdom and knowing into a shared “aural-field” (song) in which we can sing and dance together, sensing intuitively the Oneness of all being. That is why music is also called “the lazy man’s path to god.”

And as music is made of “units of sound” or “notes” with varying levels of pitch (tone) and with uniquely variable degrees of texture (timbre), in between these notes we also hear: the silence; the nothing; the primordial source from which all music/language/form/substance/atoms/electrons reemerge, renewed and newly alive, in every second, in every moment, in every living heart, in every star and sun.

 Spoken language as we know it differs among people the world over, and is largely a language of the thinking-mind. But the mind itself has a higher and wiser master, because the thinking-mind is most deeply informed by the knowing-heart; the one and only true “knower”.

The effable language of music is the pure and unadulterated language of the heart itself, transcending all temporal boundaries and linguistic and cultural limitations.

When we listen to music, or create and engage in music together, we are transported beyond all boundaries of time and space, beyond the limitations of the mind, suffering and ignorance; through the universal language of music, we can peer into the very heart of all that ever is, all that ever was, and all that ever will be: that ineffable thing we call God, Source, or the Living Spirit.

 Knowing this we a blessed to sing and dance together in sacred joy, understanding and remembering the unity of all that is and ever will be; the joyful recognition of universal connection that is by nature the essence of being truly “human”; the unity of nature that is fashioned into flesh and blood and is alive and well within us.

And that is the word of God, made flesh.

And that is the language of love.

And that is the language of light.

And that is the language of music.

 -Marco Zonka

 

 

Sympathy for the (New World Order) Devil?

 Or Just Angelic Revelations Gone Awry?


 

There is nothing nearly as wonderful as playing with a live ensemble of amazing musicians. Their only downfall usually is being, well, musicians.

Idiosyncratic, cantankerous, ornery, even kinda freaky; these are just a few of the idiomatic attributes of many musical friends that come to mind. And sometimes holding a group of them together is like herding cats.

But then an amazing thing happened:

I bought a fantastic looping station!

When I sat down to play with it the first time, I was dubious; 15 hours later I was exhausted by the sheer exertion associated with sustained and uninterrupted musical ecstasy!

The one I have by BOSS has three parallel loops with separate pedals and various levels of control, and once I get started playing with it even my rage at the impending doom being orchestrated by the architects of the New World Order fades in seeming irrelevance and insignificance.

What TV does by mesmerizing the brain-dead sheeple, I guess one could argue, my looping pedal does for me; who cares if the global elite are destroying the planet; at least I have my looping machine! And the globalistas say they want to exterminate most humans and replace them with androids and robotic machines? Hmmm…now that I have my looping machine, I am beginning to feel more sympathetic to their position.

Musicians like to argue and want to get paid; but not my looping station! It does whatever I want whenever I want it to! I had a wonderful girlfriend like that for a while, but then she popped. Hmmm…maybe I should look into getting a new robotic girlfriend too!

Just kidding! I still love humankind and loath the New World Order and its anti-human agenda (please tune into www.infowars.com and www.globalresearch.ca)  but in the meantime, my looping station is opening up an amazing new range of live performance material, which is incredibly exciting and liberating for me –particularly as a vocal artist and singer/percussionist who loves odd time signatures! When you listen to my songs and hear the layering of voices, many singing in a mellifluous but otherwise utterly unknown vocabulary, you will understand what I mean. Trying to get other singers to remember all  that stuff, much less getting all the rhythmic syncopations right, has been nothing less than a Sisyphus-ian task for me, leading to a lot of sissy-fits too!

But not with my trusty looping station!

So it is also helping to bring out and bring forward new material that I would have otherwise never thought workable in a live musical setting, so please stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, please listen here to full versions of all my songs assembled so far, or find them at www.cdbaby.com/marcozonka   available for download at $1.99 each if you would like. And/or please look  them up on iTunes and Rhapsody and Tune-In and Soundcloud  and a bunch of other streaming internet radio-stations to help push up their visibility in cyberspace-- and hopefully get me a few new gigs!   And if you know of any festivals or other venues that would be worth looking into that are simpatico with a world music muse, do let me know! I particularly like a new tune that I did with the exquisite guitar stylist Keeth Apgar of Port Townsend called “Yeti” that is about, well, the Yeti/Sasquatch. And the one that Keeth and I did with vocalist/sitarist extraordinaire Deobrat Mishra called “Thunder over Varanasi”. So check them out and let me know what you think.  And please write to me! And/or sing to me! I’d love to hear from you! I am feeling a bit isolated down here DownUnder (New Zealand) so far away from kith and kin. And if you are a Kiwi musician here in Aeotearoa/New Zealand and like what you hear and want to play with me, please introduce yourself! I especially love upright bass, woodwind-reeds, very adaptive acoustic guitar, and tasty playful keyboard/synth players. And you can sing too?  Wow!  

So check out the new tunes and stay tuned for the newer new tunes, and remember:

Light does not rise in the human heart uninvited; we must renew our invitation for its return again, and again, and again…

Love to you all,

Marco Z.