There are many great teachers and musicians who have come on the IAH podcast but I have to say that the magic, wisdom and love that Jai Uttal brought to the kitchen table was like nothing else. Jai effortlessly weaves together stories, knowledge and devotion into one voice like few others can do. We talked about his early days studying with Ali Akbar Khan, the landscape of spirituality and the 1960s, his passion for Indian classical music and kirtan and of course Neem Karoli Baba. Hearing Jai tell these stories had me forgetting that I was supposed to be on the other side of the table guiding the conversation. It was as if I was I was floating down the Ganga yearning for more of the unique musical magic that Jai creates. His new album "Roots, Rock, Rama!" is out now.
Jai Uttal has been rightly hailed as a world music pioneer. Singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, he was among the first to hear the universal heartbeat in the variegated rhythms of the globe. But his powerful, plangent voice and panoramic musical vision have also long been at the core of the yoga community’s tradition of call-and response devotional chanting known as kirtan. While his music is deeply rooted in Indian classical tradition—he studied long and hard under the Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan—it is also plentifully imbued with echoes of reggae, rock, folk, Brazilian music, Bollywood and other sounds from across the musical universe. All of these diverse and colorful strands are woven together beautifully on Roots, Rock, Rama!
2017 sees us diving into the multi-verse with the great Dr. Fiorella Terenzi! Astrophysicist, Professor, Author and Musician - Fiorella blends so much knowledge and passion for the stars with her unique and poetic world view. Back in 1995 or so, Fiorella made some music with my dad that featured radio waves she captured from the galaxy and then transformed into soothing beats and melodies. We talked about that, bending the universe, the nature of space and time, black holes and why we must continue to look to the stars for our very survival. This was taped away from the cozy confines of the kitchen table in LA. It was taped live in Miami from her kitchen table! It was a wonderful, provocative and thought provoking interview. I've known Fiorella for 25 years and she's always been one of the most creative thinkers in this and any other galaxy!
INTRO RANT: the change agents of our time
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Described by Time Magazine as "a cross between Carl Sagan and Madonna", astrophysicist, author and recording artist Dr. Fiorella Terenzi received her doctorate in physics from the University of Milan, has studied opera and composition at Conservatory G. Verdi, and taught mathematics and physics at Liceo Scientifico, Milan. In research at the Computer Audio Research Laboratory, University of California, San Diego, she developed techniques to convert radio waves from galaxies into sound - released by Island Records on her acclaimed CD "Music from the Galaxies".
Her Avon/HarperCollins book, "Heavenly Knowledge", explores astronomy as a metaphor for human relationships and humanity's place in the Universe. The book, covered on ABC Radio, NPR Talk of The Nation, BBC Radio, and The Sci-Fi Channel, has been translated into Italian ("Musica Dalle Stelle" released by Sperling-Kupfer and bundled with her music CD "Galactically Yours"), German ("Der Kosmos ist weiblich" released by Goldmann/Bertelsmann), Latvian and other languages.
Dr. Terenzi wrote the foreword for Paula Berinstein's recent book "Making Space Happen: Private Space Efforts and the People Behind Them" (Plexus Books) and has been featured in full chapter in Laura Woodmansee's "Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier" (Apogee Books) and the music and techonolgy book "The Art of Digital Music" by Kelli Richards and David Battino. She also provided a technical review of the educational text book "The Physics of Every Day Phenomena" by Thomas Griffith (McGraw-Hill), "College Physics" and "Physics for the Life Sciences" by Kesten/Tauck (Freedman). She has taught astronomy and physics at Glendale College, Pierce College (Los Angeles), Pace University (New York), Borough of Manhattan Community College and Bronx Community College (City University of NY, New York), Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa, FL) and is a full-time Instructor of Astronomy and Physics at Florida International University (www.FIU.edu).
The one and only Larry Brilliant is the guest for this episode for It's All Happening. Larry is one of the great examples of combining purpose and seva with business. His new book 'Sometimes Brilliant' is out now and covers his life story that includes meeting his teacher Neem Karoli Baba to starting the SEVA foundation. On the show we talked about our current situation and how to make peace with it as well as a pin pointed look at the reality of our nations economic and education dilemma and what to do about it. Of course, we also talked about Neem Karoli Baba and what being a seeker was like in the early 70's for a young doctor from Detroit. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this one - Larry is an endless well of knowledge, wisdom and love.
INTRO RANT - The nature of change
Larry Brilliant is an American physician, epidemiologist, technologist, author and the former director of Google's philanthropic arm Google.org. Brilliant, a technology patent holder, has been CEO of two public companies and other venture backed start- ups. From 1973 to 1976, he participated in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program. In April 2009, he was chosen to oversee the "Skoll Global Threats Fund" established by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll.
Jim stops by the kitchen table to talk flotation tanks and all of their amazing uses. If you're curious about floating and where to start check out this episode. Jim is a wonderful ambassador for the modern float movement and is incredibly smart and thoughtful. Visit Just Float in Pasadena too!
Also...BIG NEWS!!! This episode features a new podcast theme song from none other than David Block AKA The Human Experience!!!! I'm so honored that he contributed to this podcast and is part of the IAH family! Check it out!
Jim Hefner is the owner and creator of the Just Float Center in Pasadena, CA. Jim is also a fledgling psycho-naught, serial entrepreneur, MBA, adventure athlete, husband and father, who also happens to be rabid about floating and creating the perfect float environment. Throughout his life, he's been drawn to hobbies and experiences that require perfect commitment to the moment. Whether on a sheer rock face, a mountain bike, a wave, or in a float tank, what matters most to him is the sacred experience of flow, of absolute attention, and freedom from the noise of everyday life.