Universe of Sound

Speakers and Facilitators

John Sharpley

Keynote Speaker & Facilitator Dr John Sharpley
Empowering Through Sound: Science and Spirit of Sound Healing
Break-out Session A: Awareness & Sonic Elements - An Experiential Journey

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.
Formerly composer-in-residence for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, he is also founder of Our Music Foundation Nepal based in Kathmandu and currently lectures at LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore).

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EMPOWERING THROUGH SOUND: SCIENCE AND SPIRIT OF SOUND HEALING

A Bibliography by Dr. John Sharpley

EMPOWERING THROUGH SOUND: SCIENCE AND SPIRIT OF SOUND HEALING

A bibliography by Dr. John Sharpley

 

INSPIRING AND INFORMATIVE BOOKS

Alexander, Stephon. THE JAZZ OF PHYSICS: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe. New York. Basic Books. 2016.

Beaulieu, John. MUSIC AND SOUND IN THE HEALING ARTS: An Energy Approach. New York. Station Hill Press. 1987.

Beredt, Joachim-Ernst. Translated by Tim Nevill. THE THIRD EAR: On Listening to the World.New York. Henry Holt and Company. 1992.

Campell, Don. MUSIC PHYSICIAN FOR TIMES TO COME: An Anthology by Don Campell. Wheaton, Illinois, USA. Quest Books. 1991.

Campell, Don. THE MOZART EFFECT: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit. New York. Avon Books. 1997.

Capra, Fritjof. THE TAO OF PHYSICS: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism. Boulder, Colorado, USA. Shambhala Publications. 1975.

Gleick, James. CHAOS: Making a New Science. New York. Viking Books. 1987.
James, Jamie. THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES: Music, Science and the Natural Order of the

Universe. New York. Copernicus. 1993.
Jeans, Sir James. SCIENCE AND MUSIC. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 1937.

Levitin, Daniel. YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC: The Science of a Human Obsession. New York. Plume. 2007.

McMclellan, Randall. THE HEALING FOCES OF MUSIC: History, Theory and Practice. New York. Amity House. 1988.

Rothstein, Edward. EMBLEMS OF THE MIND; The Inner life of Music and Mathematics. New York. Times Books. 1995.

Sacks, Oliver. MUSICOPHILIA: Tales of Music and the Brain. New York. Knopf. 2007

Storr, Anthony. MUSIC AND THE MIND. New York. Balantine Books. 1993.

 

INSPIRING AND INFORMATIVE YOUTUBE VIDEOS

MY STROKE OF INSIGHT by Jill Bolte Taylor (2008) (TedTalk) https://youtu.be/UyyjU8fzEYU

ART MEETS SCIENCE & SPIRITUALITY IN A CHANGING ECONOMY (1990)

Part 1/5: "FROM FRAGMENTATION TO WHOLENESS" (Dalai Lama, David Bohm, Robert Rauschenberg) http://youtu.be/rydvSn7bBbY
Part 2/5: "THE CHAOTIC UNIVERSE" (Ilya Prigogine, John Cage, Huston Smith) http://youtu.be/y4AnTsB-OsQ
Part 3/5: "CRISIS OF PERCEPTION" (Francisco Varela, Mother Tessa Bielecki) http://youtu.be/Womauwdyjl8
Part 4/5: "THE TRANSFORMING WORLD" (Rupert Sheldrake, Sogyal Rinpoche, Lawrence Weiner) http://youtu.be/YNkLOcKqh0Q
Part 5/5: "THE SHIFTING PARADIGM" (Marina Abramovic, Fritjof Capra, Raimon Panikkar). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O383LOPbALs

RICHARD FEYNMAN LECTURE ON QUANTUM MECHANICS (1964)
Part One: https://youtu.be/BOLVuRgBh2M and Part Two: https://youtu.be/Q-_lvGtfeEM

QUANTUM REALITY: SPACE, TIME AND ENTANGLEMENT (2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFrBr8oUVXU

QUANTUM PHYSICS CONFIRMS: CONSCIOUSNESS CREATES REALITY! (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LARXSPARbZU

MUSIC AT THE FRONTIER OF SCIENCE (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdAJtNblU_g

QUANTUM PHYSICS, MUSIC & CONSCIOUSNESS (2008) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfzjjcXIf9Y

CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE UNIFIED FIELD - QUANTUM PHYSICIST JOHN HAGELIN. WAKE UP! (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyPWvg9dxD4

INFRASOUND AND LOW FREQUENCY NOISE (2018) https://youtu.be/ZXCZ3OyklrE

2 HARGER: A HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE IN SOUND. TED TALK (2011) https://youtu.be/mAAxykQH0Wo

COSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION AMBIENT NOISE (2015) https://youtu.be/WB5jmdJvQeU

THE SOUND THE UNIVERSE MAKES (Janna Levin | TED2011) https://ted.com/talks/janna_levin_the_sound_the_universe_makes

CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. BRUCE LIPTON ABOUT SOUND HEALING (2017) https://youtu.be/O7MmSfo5b9U

THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND! DR. BRUCE LIPTON SHOCKED THE WORLD WITH HIS DISCOVERY (2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpNZoowANNU&t=130s

WAKING UP FROM THE MATRIX WITH DR. BRUCE LIPTON (2017) https://youtu.be/uczZ3V2mc24

BRUCE LIPTON: WE COMMUNICATE THROUGH ENERGY (2017) https://youtu.be/Zy-vkYQz12Q

JERRY TENNANT: HEALING IS VOLTAGE (2018) https://youtu.be/pm-Ia6vI4PA

“SOMETHING'S HAPPENING.." THE HISTORY AND THE FUTURE OF SOUND HEALING (PART 2) (2016)
https://youtu.be/U8jBNKtgDKk

“SOMETHING'S HAPPENING.." THE HISTORY AND THE FUTURE OF SOUND HEALING (PART 2) (2016)
https://youtu.be/NaiPdXfYnNg

SPACE SOUNDS: 12 HOURS OF OUR SOLAR OM NOISE (2015) https://youtu.be/DHIh1GHQG1g

CARL SAGAN - PROFOUND WORDS OF WISDOM (posted in 2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECuarAmpK00

TOO CUTE! “EMOTIONAL BABY” (2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3xgh-5lxlQ

 

FILM

“ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC AND MEMORY” (2014) directed by Michael Rossato- Bennett follows social worker Dan Cohen.

Yen-Lu Chow

Speaker Mr Yen Lu Chow

Sound and its Impact on the Deep Human

Yen-Lu Chow is the co-founder & executive chairman, WholeTree Foundation / Over-The-Rainbow, co-founder & chairman, Singapore Creations Etc, managing partner, WholeTree Ventures, and a founding partner, Fatfish MediaLab. He has worked in the technology, media, and venture capital industries for 35 years. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, Yen-Lu is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, having spent many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs and young businesses. He served as executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, serves as mentor to INSEAD, NUS, SIM, SMU, and on numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, while advising the government on such matters. As a social entrepreneur, student of spirituality and seeker of truth, Yen-Lu understands the importance of mental wellness as a life priority. He has given numerous talks and been featured in the media on this issue. He believes that every young person has a voice, an innate gift, and deeply held aspiration - that needs to find creative fulfilment. And when we nurture the seeds of these innate gifts with attention, acceptance, and love - and by providing the right environment, and giving it purpose - these seeds sprout and grow, and the human spirit with its deepest aspirations finds fulfilment. Everyone can embark on this journey of self-discovery, healing and transformation, to attain true happiness and optimal wellbeing

Cynthia Zhai

Speaker Ms Cynthia Zhai
The Healing Power of the Human Voice

Cynthia is a Voice Coach, Speaker and Author of the book Influence through Voice published by McGraw Hill. She has helped Senior Executives from MNCs and Government bodies with their voice and speeches to speak with impact and conviction, engages and inspires people to embrace change and take action. Cynthia has worked with clients from 42 countries across 5 continents. She has worked with many high-profile clients incl. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Simultaneous Interpreter at G8 Leaders Summit, a governmental forum attended by the heads of government. Cynthia has been a professional speaker and coach for the past 16 years and her engagement spans U.S., Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, India & Brunei. She has appeared in U.S.A Discover Your Talent Show, Singapore Radio Program 938Live 4 times, Hong Kong Radio 3, and Malaysia Business Radio Station BFM as a guest speaker on the subject of Voice and Presentation. Cynthia has spoken to more than 8,000 audience members across industries, from the world’s top MNCs as K & L Gates Washington D.C., Stanford University, Sofia University, Google Asia Pacific, HSBC Singapore, Procter & Gamble International Operations Southeast Asia Singapore Branch, to Government bodies as British High Commission Singapore, Singapore Air Force.

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Pamela Akasha Kaur

Facilitator Ms Pamela Kaur
Break-out Session B: How Movement and Sound Heals - Kundalini Yoga with Gong Bath

Pamela is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, KRI Certified Conscious Pregnancy Instructor, Gong Practitioner, Mandala Dance Practitioner – The Alchemy of Dance and Certified Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. In 2007, Pamela attended the first Kundalini Woman’s training camp in Malaysia. She was greatly inspired by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and what it means to be a woman-the sensitivity, grace, power and nobility that we can manifest simply by virtue of being born a woman. Her life changed forever. That was when she started teacher training under KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. Now a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher she believes that a woman is the embodiment of God’s creative power Shakti. And every woman has that divine power in her own being, waiting to be recognised. Passionate in sharing her knowledge and love for Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, she now teaches in Singapore and Thailand. She tells her student that, in the same way it takes pressure on a piece of coal to make it into a diamond, without the pressure, the pain and the challenges you can;t really go to the next level. “It has been many times that my teacher put me through challenges, and I always learned how to overcome my own negative mind.” “As a Kundalini Yoga teacher I teach with enthusiasm and humour. I hope to inspire and uplift students. I believe in Healing beyond medicine. We all have it in us to be strong and healthy. The way to achieve this is by taking responsibility for our own physical and mental health. We can develop more consciousness through working with yoga, meditation and dance. The capacity for self-regulation is what allows us to handle our own states of arousal and our difficult emotions. Our intrinsic ability to evoke a sense of being safely “at home” within ourselves, at home where goodness resides.

Amilee Kang

Facilitator Ms Amilee Kang

Breakout Session C: Sound & Stress Relief: Toning for Balance

Amilee is an experienced Vocal Coach who believes that music and the voice is the key to regenerating a person’s body, mind and soul. 

For 17 years, she was a professional singer and soloist on the live music scene until she almost lost her voice to the years of overuse and abuse. In 2006, she started Speech Level Singing to help heal her voice. Today her voice has recovered fully and through vocal coaching and therapy, she hopes to help others regenerate and maintain their voices in the best condition, and to use the voice as the key to balance and a happy fulfilling life.

Amilee is personally trained by Maestro Seth Riggs, vocal coach to the Grammy award winning stars like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, James Ingram, Bette Midler and Madonna. She also trained with Greg Enriquez, lecturer and teacher in Vocal Therapy and Singing Technique who has successfully coached hundreds of singers, dancers, and actors in every aspect of musical performance. To date, she has successfully attained Certified Level 2 Speech Level Singing. 

Amilee is on the judging panel of the National Arts Council Buskers auditions. She has also been a judge on Malaysia Voice Champ in Johor and Kuching, as well as various community singing competitions in Singapore. For the past 12 years, Amilee has been training recording artistes in Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore. She has also performed at Shanghai Dolly, St James Powerhouse and Europa before she retired from the live music scene. Her international performances include stints at Las Vegas USA’s Planet Hollywood Live Theatre, Marriot Jakarta, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia.