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STUNDERTHORM — An Artistic Message From A Possible Future

STUNDERTHORM — An Artistic Message From A Possible Future

Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) August 14, 2007

European scholar/percussionist Johannes Welsch has released the album STUNDERTHORM together with singer/engineer David Hess (Heidelberg, Germany) and didgeridoo master Paul Hinger (Ottawa, Canada). The album features an acoustic recording of archaic voices (i.e. gongs, drums, voice and didgeridoo) which is comprised of three soundscapes and six rhythm pieces. The 28 page booklet presents the visionary art of Tina Welsch and the utopian essay by Johannes Welsch.

“Unless there is an almost unimaginable shift in consciousness, humanity will be subject to a cataclysm of never seen proportions,” asserts Welsch, former project director at one of the world’s leading management schools. To the many doomsday scenarios confronting humanity at the beginning of the 21st century the academic turned mystic adds the STUNDERTHORM, a cataclysmic tale based in part on his background in Organizational Theory. The voice he chooses is one from the future looking back at our current structural deficiencies:

“The Stunderthorm was rooted in our inability to put strategy first. When suffering became a catalyst for change, change was impossible for a humanity insisting on national identity and complex structure. Strategies needed to address a long list of overwhelming global challenges: war, human rights violations, environmental pollution, climate change, hunger, disease and natural disasters. Insanity insisted on national competitive advantage in the face of these ever-accelerating global processes and threats. The delusion of national advantage left all of humanity at a disadvantage. The process was exacerbated by the metastasis of commercial and industrial organization. ‘Globalization’, the overheated shouted, ‘means that all sit in the same boat.’ Their words coincided with the general realization that the boat was sinking.”

In this vision, the OT axiom “strategy supersedes structure” holds not only for commercial enterprise, but also for humanity as a whole, leaving us in a most precarious situation. However, rather than going on a lecture tour in an attempt to better the world one presentation at a time, Welsch disseminates his message through artistic works, through radio play, global podcasts and live performances (http://www.indie-music.com/bands/bands/1480), hoping to reach the many — fast.

STUNDERTHORM is a wholistic call for a general awakening: the 2,000 word message from “the end of what you call the 21st century” is illustrated by many of Tina Welsch’s mixed media paintings and enhanced by an original acoustic recording. Just as looking at the open sea triggers notions of infinity and eternity, Tina’s art leads to deep visions of inner and outer worlds. The two works’ “Original Regression” and “Polygravitational Subjunction” illustrate those poles. The deeper meaning of the former is self-evident while the latter shows a group of planets as they circle their sun, aligned through a force (polygravitational subjunction) revered as divinity by the consciousness on the seven planets.

The soundscapes and rhythm pieces were produced at the Alien Lab Studio in rural Ontario and engineered by vocalist David Hess. The nine tracks feature a wide range of percussion instruments including some of Welsch’s fine gongs (http://www.drumsoloartist.com/cgi-bin/news/2005/news.pl?record=38). Hess also contributes his unique style of throat singing, in which he generates a fundamental note and harmonious overtones simultaneously. Paul Hinger’s didgeridoo adds both rhythm and sound to the acoustic recording. The well known performer from Ottawa has toured the planet with his instruments and contributed to many recordings. STUNDERTHORM is being featured on radio programs across North America, podcasted worldwide and available on iTunes

STUNDERTHORM — Key Facts and Contact Information

Johannes Welsch — Percussion

David Hess — Vocals

Paul Hinger — Didgeridoo


Stunderthorm (stun´der thôrm´), n. 1. a transient disturbance accompanied by institutional disintegration leading to a visionary system of social, political and spiritual perfection. 2. the final and completely destructive era in the history of humanity. 3. any great and crucial advancement in the evolution of consciousness.

Written and produced by Johannes Welsch

Artwork by Tina Welsch

Recorded by David Hess

Mastered by Joao Carvalho

Edited by June Martyn

Published by SONIC FLAME


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It’s Never Too Late! is Message of Active Aging Week Annual Event for Older Adults Will be Held Sept. 25 through Oct. 1

It’s Never Too Late! is Message of Active Aging Week Annual Event for Older Adults Will be Held Sept. 25 through Oct. 1

Vancouver (PRWEB) September 7, 2006

An annual event, Active Aging Week is held the last week of September (culminating on October 1, International Day of Older Persons). With the goal of introducing older adults to physical activity and exercise options, participating organizations offer free classes, educational seminars, access to fitness facilities, health fairs, community walks or tennis matches.

“The World Health Organization designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons to highlight the fact that there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over living around the world today,” said Colin Milner, CEO of International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). “That number will double by 2025. Every country is seeking ways to both harness the experience and skills of the aging population, and to limit the chronic disease and disability we are accustomed to associate with increasing age.

“ICAA launched Active Aging Week to demonstrate that older adults can live life as fully as possible within the six dimensions of wellness (emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social). Physical activity is not the only focus of an active lifestyle, but it is an important dimension because activity improves physical and psychological functioning, which prepares people overall for their home and work lives.”

Free Active Aging Week events are scheduled throughout the last week of September by seniors organizations, retirement communities, seniors centers, health clubs, parks, recreation centers and apartment/condominium complexes that are age-restricted.

Host organizations may provide a single activity or multiple events during the week. Examples of events that have been offered include group walks (both strolls and faster paced), group-exercise classes, yoga and Pilates classes and tennis or golf games. There may be previews of upcoming activities such as a multi-week fall prevention program or computer class.

“People across the United States and Canada can look for an event near them. It’s free. The organizations that host an Active Aging Week event want to introduce their age-friendly staff and locations to older adults so they know there are places they can go where they are welcome and can start very slowly at their own pace,” said Milner.

This year, Active Aging Week events are available at over 2500 locations throughtout North America including 1,900 SilverSneakers sites, 300 Holiday Retirement Communities, The Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, the Hebrew Senior Life-Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston MA and the Soloway JCC, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

To find a registered host site, visit ICAA’s Active Aging Week website at http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm. The site has additional free materials for older adults, their families and caregivers on finding age-friendly locations. Plus, look for announcements of local events in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and posted on bulletin boards.

Organizations who wish to host activities can find free support materials on the web site (http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm) including posters of active adults, press releases, certificates, a planning guide and ideas for activities.

1 Berk, D., Hubert, H. and Fries, J. (2006) Associations of Changes in Exercise Level With Subsequent Disability Among Seniors: A 16-Year Longitudinal Study. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 61:97-102.

Rothenbacher, D., Koenig, W. and Brenner, H. (2006) Life Time Physical Activity Patterns and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. Heart. Published Online First: 19 July 2006. doi:10.1136/hrt.2006.087478.

About Active Aging Week

Website: http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm

Active Aging Week is an annual event held the last week of September (culminating on October 1, International Day of Older Persons). The week was initiated by the International Council of Active Aging to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. During the week, host organizations provide a variety of free activities, such as classes, educational seminars, access to fitness facilities, health fairs, community walks or tennis matches.

About International Council on Active Aging

Website: http://www.icaa.cc

ICAA is the world’s largest association dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, recreation, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields. The council supports these professionals with education, information, resources and tools, so they can achieve optimal success with the growing population of people who are 50 years and older. ICAA is one of more than 50 of the most prominent health and aging organizations working to implement the National Blueprint on Aging.

For interviews or more information about the ICAA and aging-related issues, contact:

Colin Milner, CEO

International Council on Active Aging

Toll-free: 1-866-335-9777 (North America only)

Telephone: 604-734-4466

Cell: 604-763-4595

Website: http://www.icaa.cc


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