Trevor Hall with special guest Ethan Tucker

July 28, 2017 - 8:00pm

By: Kuwa Jasiri

 

On Friday, July 28, Soul’d Out Productions proudly welcomes Trevor Hall to the Woodman Of the World (W.O.W.) Hall with special guest Ethan Tucker.

Near the Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the holy Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers) lies Yoga-Vedanta Kutir, founded by His Holiness Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati (1904-1997). Songwriter Trevor Hall is a devotee, and is closely associated with the Ashram that emphasizes a dharmic living philosophy including the Sadhana (spiritual practice) of yogic asanas (postures), kriyas (purification), pranayama (breath control), japa (mantra), and puta  (ritual worship).  Additionally, the holy space --- now run by Swami Omananda Saraswati -- supports ten impoverished boys, taking full responsibility for their food, lodging, clothing and traditional vedic education.

With the help of pocket change left in the donation box at concerts, and an on-line campaign, we fans are responsible for raising over $15,000 towards the construction of another building across the Ganga River run by Guru Mata Shraddhananda Saraswati -- who both loves and disciplines six girls unable to live with their parents due to poverty and limited access to vital resources.

When in India, or checking in on the children from across the ocean, the raspy rocker speaks “broken Hindi”.  This lifelong musician began by playing household drums in diapers, later playing harmonica on stage with Dad.  His musical environment growing up included a huge record collection for extended use, and many instruments adorned the home.

The folk artist smiles while reminiscing about the past, “When I was younger, music was just as much a part of life as breathing.  It was so natural... I never thought that it would be my “career path”.  I just did it because I loved it, and did not think beyond that.  I wish I still thought that way.”

Jamaican reggae further awakened the guitarist.  “My job is to listen... to what is being told to me… when I am out of the way, and I allow the music to come through,” Trevor explains.  “It is my duty to share the music that is given to me, otherwise it goes to waste.”  Clarifying, “the important message [in my music] is to look within.”

The lyrics on “Hold Up My Heart” (“You have no choice; sing on, sing on”) reflect this mission, alongside with the message in “Ghosts” to think highly of oneself.

With the aide of spirit, and propelled inspirationally by “Will To Live” by fusion rocker Ben Harper, Hall uses the lessons of the previous generation as a pathway in “You Can Not Rush Healing”; honorable words from elders is how all five albums entropy.

Says Hall, “She [my grandma] is kind of in her final stages of life, and does not say much, but when she does, it really means something.  She just looked up at the sky while we were sitting with her and she said, ‘Is not time such a wonderful gift?’… That was an interesting idea for me. I just let it go, [but] my grandmother really planted a seed in me. Through her gentle words, she transformed my outlook. I am beginning to look at time more as breath, as space, as growth and healing, as a circle rather than a linear thing that has a beginning and an end.  It has been incredibly healing for me and has been a huge learning process.”  This concept is expressed on the album KALA -- which in Sanskrit (the ancient language of India) translates to “time”.

This eclectic musician shares “Forgive” as a process through genocide, oppression and grief, emphasizing, “let it rain down for a healing….”  “Well I Say” gives a lyrical journey of bold truths, and explorations into emotions.  Full surrender, and a shaved head intimately reading totems of ancient European cultures sounds like the next journey for this singer to return to his continent of source.  Alone in nature this acoustic performer plays the soothing melodies of “Kabir II” or “Samaya” for comfort, while nurturing collaborations with Bjork to “let it come full circle.”

Attending a usually sold out concert you will learn about the largest East Indian spiritual, Kumbha Mela, other Hindu gatherings like Magh-Mela, as well as Sanskrit chants.  Fantasticness continues with the, “family vibe at our shows.  We are all together and we are ALL listening.  When I am having a really good show, there is no performer and there is no audience.  Those lines are gone.  We are all listeners and learning together.”

To learn more about, and donate to the children of Yoga-Vedanta Kutir Ashram, attend a Trevor Hall concert or go to his personal blog, Rampriyadas.blogspot.com.

Tickets are $17 in advance, and $20 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.

 

Door Time: 
July 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$17 Advance, $20 Day of Show