Join Douglas Ridings for his Wednesday, 5:45pm (Level II-III) & 7:15pm (Level I) classes at CAPITOL HILL featuring live music by Stephen Frandrich. With instruments drawn largely from the Indonesian percussion orchestra know as Gamelan, subtle and mesmerizing overtone singing, and a sensitive understanding of the yoga instruction Douglas offers, Stephen supports the participant’s experience with energy during physically active moments and with sublime transport during meditation.
Stephen Fandrich is a composer, pianist, vocalist, improvisor, and avid Gamelan composer and player. He has collaborated with musicians such as, Peni Chandra Rini, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Bill Horst, Jarrad Powell, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang.He was twice named Jack Straw Foundation’s artist of the week as a solo pianist/composer and composer/performer/director of the Seattle Harmonic Voices. He was also featured five times, as a solo pianist, composer, diphonic singer, Jazz/Folk piano and free improvisor, on Sonarchy Radio, an award winning international broadcast of a live studio performance, on Seattle’s KEXP produced by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle. Stephen is a member of Gamelan Pacifica, performing and composing original works for them. His arrangement of the Philip Glass piano piece “Opening” for Gamelan was an itunes classical bestseller the week it was released. He has studied and performed Balinese vocal music at the temple Taman in Ubud Bali with I Putu Sadia and studied Central Javanese vocal music in Yogyakarta with Pak Parto. While in Indonesia, he performed, for the governor of Central Java, as a guest competitor for a Javanese vocal macapat competition at the ancient Buddhist temple, Borobadur. He offers a personal sound experience he calls the Harmonic Bath. More info here.