With Johnny Gandelsman + Thomas Droge
Beginner’s Ear offers an immersive listening experience that opens the ear to both silence and sound. Through a meditation guided by Thomas Droge, participants reach a deep state of communal stillness out of which a live musical performance unfolds, visceral and immediate.
Violinist Johnny Gandelsman performs, weaving together music spanning four centuries by Biber, Bach, and Stravinsky.
Leadership support for music programming provided by the Thompson Family Foundation.
Grammy award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995.
As a founding member of Brooklyn Rider and a member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Gandelsman has worked with such luminaries as Bela Fleck, Martin Hayes, Kayhan Kalhor, Yo-Yo Ma, Mark Morris, Anne Sofie Van Otter, Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova, Joshua Redman, Suzanne Vega, Abigail Washburn, and Damian Woetzel. He has appeared with Bono, David Byrne, Renee Fleming, Rhiannon Giddens, I'm With Her, Christian McBride, and many others. A passionate advocate for new music, Gandelsman has premiered dozens of new works, including music by Lisa Bielawa, Tyondai Braxton, Daniel Cords, Christina Courtin, Reena Esmail, Bela Fleck, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bill Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Gonzalo Grau, Ethan Iverson, Vijay Iyer, Colin Jacobsen, Gabriel Kahane, Rubin Kodheli, Angel Lam, Ljova, Dana Lyn, Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, Shara Nova, Edward Perez, Matana Roberts, Kyle Sanna, Gregory Saunier, Caroline Shaw, Kojiro Umezaki, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Du Yun, Evan Ziporyn, and John Zorn. Gandelsman has been producing records since starting his label, In a Circle Records, in 2008. Recent credits include two albums by Brooklyn Rider: a collaborative album with Magos Herrera, Dreamers (Sony, 2018), and Spontaneous Symbols (In a Circle Records, 2017), Johnny's own recording of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for violin by Bach (In a Circle Records, 2018), two albums with Silkroad Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma, Music for The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (In a Circle, 2017), and Sing Me Home, winner of the Grammy Award for Best World Music album (Sony, 2016).
Thomas Droge is a classically trained acupuncturist, herbalist, teacher, author, and the founder of the Pathfinder Institute. For three decades he has worked on distilling the practices of qigong, tai chi and meditation to their essential qualities and integrating them into Western culture.
Droge holds a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a degree in massage therapy. He trained at Harvard University’s Mind Body Medicine program, and is a sought-after instructor at workshops and retreats where he teaches Taoist traditions including Zhao Bao, Er Mei, and Dragon Gate.