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The Positive Music Movement

    We are a group of artists, composers, educators and musicians who have joined together to help usher in a renaissance of the arts. We hail from many cultures and traditions, and we are united in our effort.  
    The purpose of the Positive Music Movement is the promotion, education, support and performance of inspired, heartfelt, beautiful and uplifting music.
    In April, 2004, the following manifesto was drawn up and approved by the members of the group.
    We maintain a news group on the internet available by invitation at: Positive_Music@yahoogroups.com

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The Positive Music Manifesto   Spanish version

”Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”

                         William Congreve
                         The Mourning Bride Act 1

    We, the members of the Positive Music Movement, proclaim the emergence of a new artistic movement for the 21st Century based on the highest purpose of art and music, the expression of healing, upliftment, spirituality and love.
   The benefits of music have long been recognized in therapy, and the ability that some music and songs have to bring about tears, laughter, and even grief has long been realized. A more complete knowledge of the effects that music can have on our lives has been little understood. 
    Ancient cultures knew about these effects, however. The Chinese knew that altering any single note of their five-note scale would cause a major change in the effect that music would have on society. Plato wrote about the effects that various scales produced. The musicians of ancient India recognized the effects of particular scales and music was composed with a specific emotional, mental or physical outcome in mind. In ancient Persia, scholars such as Farabi, Ormavi, Maraghi, Razi and Abu Ali Sina were well versed in the effect of music and its application in music therapy and discussed these topics in their writings.
    The members of the Positive Music Movement believe that the time has arrived for a new direction in the evolution of music, a direction not  associated with specific stylistic changes, as we have seen in movements in the past, but associated with the acceptance of what we have learned and appreciated from great art of all ages and cultures.  
    Great works of art have always come from a combination of talent/genius and spiritual development. In order for greatness to express itself in the 21st Century, the artificial confines of conformity to a particular style and to the concept of an avant garde must be removed. Then music and art will be free to be accepted for its ability to express that which all great art expresses instead of being measured by conformance to, or originality of, a particular style.
    We live in a world that has become inter-connected by an amazing computer network through which we have access to information undreamed of in previous generations. Great artistic advances can be enabled using internet and computer technology. The old ways of creation and distribution of music and art are breaking down now as the greater technology of the Internet develops, providing a means for distribution that was never available in times past. The Internet provides the means for great music to be disseminated to any place in the world without overhead and distribution costs associated with traditional media. 
    Additionally, we recognize that during the previous century, a great deal of music of a negative nature was created in the popular, classical, and sacred genres and this music has managed to hold sway. But the trend toward discord, abnegation of melody, ugliness, and anger has reached its peak, we feel, and many people are now looking for some- thing more substantial, allowing voices, both new and ancient, to now be heard. The members of this movement do not support banning or con- demning this music, or music of any kind, nor will we act in opposition to any type of music. It is not by working against old artistic trends that new ones are created, but by introducing something so great and so powerful, that its very existence will attract peoples naturally.
    We support bringing beautiful and heartfelt masterpieces of music to the concert halls and into people's homes and places of work. We support the distribution and performance of inspired works of music from cultures the world over, both current and past, both classical and popular. We support education to bring the knowledge of great music from all cultures and times to people of all ages, throughout the world.
We hold that as the highest purpose of art is given its rightful place, a
greatness in artistic expression will

Signed by the Members of the Positive Music Movement
April, 2004  

  Members of the Positive Music Group

Don Robertson. Don Robertson is a composer and writer living in Nashville. He has composed over fifteen albums of instrumental music as well as an orchestral work, a half-dozen short choral works, a string quartet, and has written or co-written over a half-dozen books. He attended Julliard School of music among other schools and has studied with Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, and the late Morton Feldman. He began speaking and writing about positive music in 1968 and is currently writing a book on positive music, to be completed in 2005.

Website: www.risingworld.tv
Sound File: Romance from Keys

Richard Shulman. Richard Shulman is a composer, keyboardist, and recording artist who has since 1984 dedicated his music to the expression of love and the awakening of inner joy.  A former student of Chuck Mangione and Marian McPartland at the Eastman School of Music, and Frank Foster at the University of Buffalo, Shulman uses his skills as a jazz, classical, and healing-music keyboardist to create music to assist groups and individuals in embodying their own spiritual essence. Richard tours doing solo and group concerts. His recent orchestral recording "Camelot Reawakened" is a new "program music" composition based on the fulfillment of dreams of the heart.

Website: www.richheartmusic.com
Sound File: First Movement from Camelot

Charles Berry.  Charles Roland Berry is a composer born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1957.  After formal composition study at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Berry studied privately with American symphonist, Paul Creston. An exchange of letters between Mr. Berry and John Cage was published in David Cop's New Directions in Music, 4th edition. In 2003, the Olympic Mountains Overture and the Quileute Overture were recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2004, the MSO will record Berry's Cello Concerto and Symphony No.3.  

Sound File: Excerpt from the Olympic Mountain Overture

The Nasehpoor Family.   Nasrollah Nasehpoor was born in 1940. He is a vocalist and a master of vocal radif repertoire of Persian art music. He and his three sons constitute the Nasehpoor Ensemble in Tehran/IRAN. Peyman Nasehpour, born in 1974, is the hand-drummer (tonbak, ghaval and daf). Pooyan Nassehpoor, born in 1975, is the santoor player and researcher of Old musicians and Old music of Persia. Parham Nassehpoor, born in 1976, is the Persian tar and kamancheh player.
Website: nasehpour.tripod.com/nasseh
Sound Files: Kamancheh Solo

                   Santoor and Tonbak Composition

Beth Anderson. Beth Anderson (M.F.A./M.A.) is a composer of new romantic music, text-sound works, and musical theater. Born in Kentucky, she studied primarily in California, but now resides in New York City where she produces Women's Work, a concert series for Greenwich House Arts, and the New York Women Composers, Inc.  

Web sites: users.rcn.com/beand/index.html
Sound File: Pennyroyal Swale

Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Nancy Bloomer Deussen is a prominent San Francisco Bay Area composer and co-founder of the Bay Area chapter of The National Association of Composers, USA. She has been a dedicated champion of more accessible contemporary music, a viewpoint amply demonstrated in all of her works. A composer who is well-loved by audiences, Bloomer Deussen has received numerous commissions. Her works encompass a wide spectrum of performers and include works for band, chorus, orchestra (full, string and chamber), many chamber music combinations, recorder consort, flute, clarinet and violin solo, piano solo, brass ensemble and solo voice and piano. She has received performances by numerous orchestras and has also had numerous performances by chamber ensembles, brass ensembles, bands and soloists across the country.

Web site: www.nancybloomerdeussen.com
Sound File: Carmel

Barbara Hero. Barbara Hero is an artist, composer, musician and mathematician who has devoted many years to the understanding of and applications of the secrets hidden within the wisdom of the ancient Lambdoma Matrix.  

Web Site: www.lambdoma.com  

Daveed Korup. Daveed Korup hails from Charlotte, NC and is a 45-year old percussionist/composer. His primary focus has been the music of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Since 1997 he has been the percussionist for the Eurasian folk ensemble, Turku. Most recently he has been writing for dance and children's groups. 

Web sites: www.drumfest.com

Eliana Gilad. Eliana Gilad is the founder of Voices of Eden, and is an acknowledged international expert in the field of conscious use of voice.  She performs, teaches and lectures for international conventions and events and lives in Israel. Voices of Eden is the conscious use of voice and rhythm as a natural healer, such was used in ancient times.  It is used to release tension, improve sleep and relax the listener. Eastern percussion and rhythm ground the body, voice releases tension. The musicians of the Voices of Eden ensemble are Jewish, Arab and Christian. They are a living example of peace in the Middle East.

Web Site: www.voicesofeden.com

Kobi Hagoel, Kobi Hagoel is a musician and actor born in 1962 living in Israel. He composes world music, sings and plays Middle Eastern percussion, and is a researcher as well as teacher of different styles of Middle Eastern percussion.  

Web Site: http://www.pentagramweb.com

Sanjeeb Sircar - Sanjeeb is a 48-year old New Delhi-based sitar player, composer, and singer of Indian classical, Christian, and jazz-fusion music.

Web Site: www.sanjeebsircar.com

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