When you’re struggling to make these New Yr’s resolutions stick, or in search of a music expertise each introspective and cathartic, Matthew Duplessie’s month-to-month “Therapeutic Sounds Live performance” on the Savannah Cultural Arts Center could be the catalyst you want.
With a panoply of people and conventional devices — hand drums, didgeridoo, wood flutes, singing bowls — Duplessie weaves his voice by these, and in dwell efficiency, stacks layers of sound with looping pedal expertise to craft a sonic tapestry of leisure and contemplation. Projected photographs, swirls of coloration and sample, complement the melodies, harmonies and rhythms, fashioning an expertise primed for deep thought and transformation.
“All of us have the ability inside to maneuver previous limiting beliefs, methods of pondering that inhibit our progress as people,” mentioned Duplessie. “Sound and meditation are instruments we will use for progress and private understanding, and if you happen to contemplate our our bodies as works of advanced expertise that we will optimize with correct care and upkeep, then sound and meditation are highly effective instruments of growth to assist us focus, study and overcome obstacles.”
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For some, this may occasionally all appear somewhat too woo-woo, however for Duplessie, he’s dwelling testomony to the phrases he speaks and the sounds and philosophies he shares.
A painfully shy and sound-sensitive youngster, Duplessie routinely discovered refuge in exploring nature and took consolation within the college library the place he may learn and examine with out loud distractions. Music as a occupation was by no means a childhood ambition. However then he picked up his brother’s guitar at age 19 and started determining the instrument.
“I discovered I had a capability to know and play, and I continued exploring it,” recalled Duplessie. “Working with the guitar opened up a brand new sense of confidence in expression the place I may share concepts and ideas and never be afraid. The guitar linked me with reality and therapeutic, and music linked me to myself, and to different folks in methods I hadn’t identified.”
Duplessie went on to review visible and movement design at SCAD however quickly found out that such a profession would require lengthy hours sitting at a pc — a tough reality he wasn’t desirous to embrace.
In 2015, he made a radical choice to enroll in a 30-day Kundalini Yoga course in Mexico. The expertise modified the course of his life. Duplessie started seeing connections between sound, gentle and the human physique and the way what we converse to our our bodies impacts our day-to-day lives in each constructive and detrimental methods. He grew to become focused on conventional and indigenous devices and the way their sounds may positively alter and heal the physique.
Now, Duplessie has a protracted listing of certifications in sound therapeutic, meditation and voice remedy. His teachings on the meditation software, Perception Timer, are common worldwide — greater than 11,000 college students have joined his therapeutic lessons since 2019. And when he isn’t acting at non secular well being and metaphysical festivals throughout the Southeast, Duplessie teaches audio-visual arts at Hubert Center Faculty in Savannah.
The live performance this Friday at Savannah Cultural Arts Middle options the didgeridoo, Native American flutes and a variety of conventional percussion devices along with Duplessie’s voice. With the looping pedal, he’ll file every instrument a number of instances and stack these recording to create a harmonic nearly trance-like wall of sound.
The viewers is inspired to take part in vocal chants at key factors in the course of the efficiency.
“As a result of I do know from expertise in my life the therapeutic energy of sound and the way it modified me, I’m trying ahead to sharing this transformative potential in our group,” mentioned Duplessie. “Sound therapeutic could be life-changing, for private awakening. I’m grateful to be a part of making a protected area for folks to look into themselves to seek out reality that would take them deeper into their lives’ success.”
IF YOU GO
What: Therapeutic Sounds Live performance, with Matt Duplessie
The place: Savannah Cultural Arts Middle, 201 Montgomery Road, Savannah
When: Friday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.