8/29/2014 12:45:00 PM Concert & gathering for peace & unity at Relics on 9/11
Thursday, Sept. 11, there will be a concert and gathering for peace and unity. This will be an event for the people in Sedona and surrounding areas to come together in feeling connected as a community.
People can be seated at a beautifully set table and dine while watching the concert or just come for the show. People are also welcome to come as a gathering place to connect with friends and make some new ones.
The event is at Relics restaurant (formerly Rainbows End) which is Sedona's oldest continuously running restaurant of 67 years and western movie stars favorite hangout from the 1940s -1960's. The original stone building dates to late 1800s and was a Stage Coach Stop and Military Registration & Recruiting Center During WWI.
The performers: Harpist Peter Sterling, Singer Emily Daniel, and Guitarist Anthony Mazzella will each do their own set of music making for a 2-hour show.
Harpist Peter Sterling displayed an early talent for music, playing tunes on the piano by ear and showing skills with flute and guitar. When Sterling moved to Sedona he immersed himself in the lifestyle of the area, focusing on transforming his life. Living in a van in the red rock canyons surrounding the city, he would take walks deep into remote areas, finding spots beside creeks to sit, be quiet, and meditate.
Eventually, Sedona's unique power unveiled itself and Peter began hearing music-beautiful, celestial music, an angelic choir singing to him as he sat in isolation within the presence of all that earthly beauty.
He realized what he was hearing was the often mentioned music of the spheres and it re-invigorated his soul, unleashing a strong desire to allow the music to flow through him, using him as a vessel for delivering its transcendent beauty. Happenstance tapped him on the shoulder one day and Peter made contact with a woman who was selling
A small Celtic harp, which he tried and immediately felt a strong connection to it. He and his harp soon were a pair, hiking way back into red rock canyons where Peter began playing the instrument as if born to it.
While he took some lessons from the woman who sold him the harp, it only took a few weeks before Peter felt that the "inner music" from his earlier experience was now manifesting itself externally through his harp playing. He was now ready for a second epiphany, one that held even deeper implications.
He had come to believe that it was angels who were "speaking" to him by inspiring his music, and he now actively sought them out, asking for them to appear. One day at sunset, sitting and playing in a forest, they did appear, first as mere pinpoints of light, hovering in front of him, and then in a more defined status. Peter was not just playing through them, but now was playing for them.
Eventually, the angels communicated to him that he needed to embark on the next phase of his journey, and this time the destination was on the other side of the planet in Byron Bay, Australia. It was in Australia that the dream of recording his music for others to enjoy first came to fruition.
This humble beginning (which yielded a cassette tape) fueled Peter's vision to return to America and become a full-time professional musician. Once back in Sedona, he bought a larger harp and booked some studio time. Serendipity gladly intervened in the form of guest musicians who joined Peter in the studio, playing for free.
While recording, Peter felt such a deep connection to the music's source that it was as if his hands were moving by themselves. Success followed soon after and here Peter's story finally takes on a more typical aspect. The music label World Disc released his first two recordings, including Harp Magic which was nominated in 1994 for NAIRD's (now A2IM) Best Album award. Peter then founded his own label, Harp Magic Music, as well as signing on with New Age music giant Real Music (the label released Sterling's 2005 album, Shadow, Mist and Light).
In 2004, Harp Dreams, released on Peter's Harp Magic label, sat at the top of New Age Radio's Top 100 for eight weeks. To hear some of Peters beautiful music visit his website at harpmagic.com
Soulful vocalist Emily Daniel discovered her love for live vocal performance with Indiana University's traveling all-female gospel group, Sojourner.
When she returned to her home town in the Detroit area, Emily spent 7 years singing professionally, traveling through the corporate party and restaurant music scene as the lead female vocalist in the Dan Rafferty band. During that same time, she was a member of the award-winning gospel group, The Gospel Truth, and performed background vocals for the filming of the Four Tops 50th anniversary concert -- backing up Motown legends Aretha Franklin, Paul Rodgers, Mary Wilson, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review and of course, The Four Tops.
Red Rock fever brought her to Sedona in 2012, where she enjoys being close to her family and raising her 4-year-old daughter. Emily is happy to put down some roots musically in Sedona and share her love of singing in the town she loves most.
Guitar wizard Anthony Mazzella began his spiritual musical journey after hearing the music of Hildegard of Bingen while in college. He claims that medieval music opened up vibrational pathways into a realm he had not yet experienced being raised on rock and roll.
Shortly after he started listening to the music of William Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Andreas Vollenweider, Thomas Tallis and musicians inspired from a spiritual place.
Around that time in his early twenties Mazzella was practicing seven hours a day and started experiencing the meditative effects of being submersed in music for so many hours a day for years on end. Fast forward to now and Anthony has performed solo on stages all over the world including the Blue Note NYC, The Vatican in Rome Italy and with musicians Omar Frauk Tekbilek, Chris Spheeris, William Eaton and many others.
His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of acoustic and electric fingerstyle, classical, flamenco, jazz, funk, R&B, Celtic, ambient, rock, medieval & Persian. Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five.
He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age 13. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Anthony attributes the greater part of his education to ear training and listening to his soul. If you are a fan of spirited guitar music then do not miss this world-class virtuoso! Be sure to watch some of Anthony's video's on YouTube or his website anthonymazzella.com.
The event is on Thursday Sept. 11 at the legendary RELICS Restaurant,located at 3235 89A. The concert will be in the dining room. Showtime is at 7 p.m. and there is an entertainment charge of $15 for preferred seating with purchase of an entree or $20 for the show only.
Reservations are required for preferred seating and can be made by calling 928-282-1593.