While sound and frequencies have many healing benefits, do you know that sound can also kill? In our environment there are vibrational frequencies that fall below the threshold of our hearing. Some of these infrasound can potentially harm us physically, emotionally and mentally.
Join Amelia as she finds out more about the potential harmful effects of sound from the engaging Dr John Sharpley, former composer-in-residence for Singapore Symphony Orchestra, founder of Our Music Foundation Nepal and lecturer at LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore).
Dr John Sharpley is composer, performer and teacher with a unique and multi-faceted career spanning geographic and cultural borders. Born in Houston, Texas, USA, he has a Doctorate in Composition from Boston University; a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Houston; in addition to diplomas for piano, violin, and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg, France. His composition teachers include Michael Horvit, David Del Tredici, John Harbison, Betsy Jolas and Leonard Bernstein.
Subsequently he was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Boston University co-directing a music programme in Singapore. He has been featured in concerts, universities, conferences and festivals across the globe recently including the Performer’s Present Symposium, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), solo recital of original works (Kathmandu, Nepal), Illinois Wesleyan University, the New Composition Festival (Bangkok), the Texas Music Teachers’ Association Convention, the Asian Composers League Festivals (New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines), Singapore Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Symposium (Melbourne), Across Oceans International Festival (Toronto), and the Hong Kong Asian Arts Festival, San Francisco State University, Concordia (Montreal), University of Houston and the Present of Orchestra Festival (Kyoto, Japan) in addition to adjudicating music competitions.
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Dr John Sharpley shares his sound healing composition, A Dream Within A Dream, with our listeners.
A Dream Within A Dream for mixed choir, erhu, zheng and vibraphone was commissioned by the Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir. The Orchid Ensemble (erhu, zheng and vibraphone) based in Vancouver accompanied the Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir directed by J. Scott Ferguson for the premiere in 2008 in Bloomington, Illinois, USA.
Subsequently, the work has been featured in the Asian Composers League (Taiwan) and at the Kyoto City University of the Arts Music Festival (Japan).