I met Fidel Castro when I was 14 years old. I was at one of my father's diplomatic functions, and I had the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Castro about music. He knew I played the piano and asked me if I'd been to any of the local African jazz clubs. I was too young to enter the clubs at the time, but to my surprise the dictator wielded his power to get me in. I entered some of Cuba's best jazz clubs by simply using his name, and no one questioned it. I would go on stage and play the piano between sets, and the musicians would improvise with me and encourage me to play.
I'm sometimes asked which CD is my favorite out of the twelve existing Liquid Mind albums. My compositions are my children — so I can describe them, but it's hard to choose favorites. Since the Liquid Mind series follows my own personal journey...
Everyone has heard that meditation, yoga, and prayer can lower blood pressure, lower stress, and provide other health benefits. A new study takes the health claims one step further, by showing that gene activity changes too. Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston wanted to show “the underlying molecular mechanisms that explain these clinical benefits.”1
Folks often ask me what other kinds of music I’ve composed in addition to Liquid Mind. The short answer is: A lot. I’ve composed music for film & television, and even wrote a number one pop song in Germany in the late 1980’s called “You're My One and Only” by Jennifer Rush. Perhaps the most unique song I’ve written is called “Oh Liberty!”, a patriotic anthem I was asked to compose for the rededication of the national World War I museum and monument in Kansas City, Missouri.
The new album, Path of the Divine by Rajendra Teredesai is perfect for meditation, yoga or just taking a quiet moment to relax. This video will help set the tone and is a great introduction to Teredesai’s beautiful soundscapes.
Real Music: Tell us a little about the music you are working on now.
Buedi Siebert: I have been sitting and meditating for a long time now and thinking about what is next for me. Right now I have two projects in mind. The first will be called Prana — and is music for yoga.
1013 Main Street radio with Seung Jung Hung interviews Michael Hoppé at the International Piano Festival in Seoul, Korea.
The first Afghan American to win a Grammy — Omar Akram was interviewed BBC’s Outlook. The interview features insights into Arkram’s early career, meeting Fidel Castro and many cuts of his music, including Grammy winning Echoes of Love.
"Rarely do I come across a meditative album that can be played over and over, either for that purpose or as truly relaxing background music...