Paul Horn Commonground

Paul Horn Commonground


Paul Horn Plays at Sunset in Maui

Internationally acclaimed musician and recording artist Paul Horn passed away Sunday morning, June 29 after a brief illness. He was 84. Horn is survived by his wife Ann Mortifee, his sons Robin and Marlen, stepson Devon, 4 grandchildren – Brittany, Tyler, Jonah, Ana – and daughters in law Robin, Alison and Beth. The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from people around the world who admired Horn as a musician and respected him as a man of great integrity and deep philosophical principles. A private memorial-celebration of life is being planned.

When the Mountain Calls Emmy Nomination!

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New Emmy nomination – just in!
“When The Mountain Calls: Nepal – Tibet – Bhutan,” KHET 11
THOMAS VENDETTI, Producer/Director; ROBERT STONE, Producer;
BLAISE NOTO, Associate Producer; ANN MORTIFEE, Narrator;
RICK CHATENEVER, Writer; CHRISTOPHER HEDGE, PAUL HORN, Musical Composition/Arrangements
For more on the film:

World Premiere of “When the Mountain Calls” in Hawaii

When the Mountain Calls

Paul Horn and Ann Mortifee will be presenting In Love with the Mystery as part of When the Mountain Calls’ world premiere in Hawaii this November.

Music for the film When the Mountain Calls is by Paul Horn and Christopher Hedge.

For times, tickets and more information:

Link here for Video of Paul Horn Playing at Sunset on the beach in Maui

Paul Horn and Friends: Inside the Golden Dome

Paul Horn Inside the Golden Dome May 15 2011

Inside the Golden Dome

Music and Consciousness Weekend at MUM (Maharishi University of Management)

Paul Horn was a guest performer at the David Lynch Foundation’s benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall two years ago. As the crowd waited for the appearance of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Paul Horn and his golden flute masterfully brought the buzzing crowd to a state of deep silence in only a few seconds. This type of artistry is what has earned Paul the distinction of being called, “The Father of New Age Music,” for his groundbreaking performances in sacred spaces of the world… The Taj Mahal… The Great Pyramid… And now the Golden Dome.

Joining Paul in this rare performance will be his wife, Ann Mortifee, a most beloved singer/poet/author, Ed Sarath, a world-class flugelhorn player, and special guest Gene Watts of the Canadian Brass. Gene is a legend in his own right as one of the foremost classical trombonists in the world.

Sunday, May 15, 2011. VIP reserved seating available.

“Paul Horn Reminisces”

Another special event during Paul Horn’s visit to MUM: “Paul Horn Reminisces” on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 pm in Dalby Hall, MUM Argiro Student Center. Paul will reminisce about his early days with Maharishi, tell stories what it was like being in Rishikesh with the Beatles and Donovan, and talk about his role helping launch the North American TM Movement as one of Maharishi’s first dozen teachers in the West.
A special evening, not to be missed.



The Stillness Inside: The Meditation Music of Paul Horn

Stillness Inside cover

Paul’s New CD

Now available – released by Sounds True.

The Stillness Inside: The Meditation Music of Paul Horn
In 1968, Paul Horn slipped into the Taj Mahal with a flute and a tape recorder—and created an improvisational masterpiece that would signify the birth of a new genre in music. With a rare ability to capture in music the essence of sacred space, Horn went on to record a landmark series of albums in noted spiritual sites across the globe. On The Stillness Inside, this two-time Grammy winner shares for the first time his favorite compositions for the exploration of the sacred interior that each one of us holds within.

Paul Horn has released dozens of recordings over a 50-year career, including the groundbreaking Inside the Taj Mahal, the album that defined new age music and sold more than 1 million copies. His recorded output covers classical, jazz, pop, new age and world music. In 1966 he traveled to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He has continued to travel, recording in sacred spaces from Canyon de Chelly (with R. Carlos Nakai) to the cathedrals of Russia. He now splits his time between British Columbia and the American Southwest.

(From the Sounds True Catalog) LINK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO HEAR

Sounds True listing:
The renowned flutist and two-time Grammy winner shares his favorite compositions for contemplative practice.
Music MM02119D / CD / 60 minutes / 5¾” x 5″
US $17.98 / New Age
UPC: 600835-211925 / Rights: World
Digital Download
MM02119W / UPC: 600835-211970 / US $12.59

I spent hours and hours listening with so much pleasure to the music that Paul recorded in such sacred sites as The Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, the beautiful Kazamieras Cathedral of Lithuania, and the Grand Assembly Hall of the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama spent his boyhood. I loved every moment of it. What peace. What beauty. I chose the pieces that I thought would allow each of us to travel deeper into ourselves carried on the waves of his golden flute. – Ann Mortifee, Producer of “The Stillness Inside”

(Post updated Oct. 2011)

Paul Horn and Ann Mortifee at Sacred Space

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In this video from an afternoon presentation at The Sacred Space, Paul plays flute as Ann reads from the book, In Love with the Mystery.

Music and Time

Paul Horn with flute

Excerpt from the interview, Paul Horn: Music and Time

Q: Your use of space between played notes, as Miles Davis practiced, is present in your playing. Is this approach something you developed?

PH: Exactly. Well he was my main teacher, good fortune for me, I had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with Miles, and we became close friends. And every time he came out to Los Angeles and played with his band, whatever band that was at the time, his great band with John Coltrane and Miles, we’d hang out a lot and I was very influenced by him. In many ways, as a person and as a musician, and he would always talk about space.

Anytime we’d go into some other club to listen for some other player, that I was impressed with, I’d say, “What do you think of that, Miles?” because the guy had a great technique and he was executing his ideas well and Miles was not impressed, he said, “He’s playing too many notes. “ That’s all he’d say. “Too many notes, too many notes.” Then it got me to think that, most musicians think that way. You know if you have a lot of technique and you work years and years and years to develop your technique, it’s pretty hard not to use it. So the challenge is- less is more.

And that’s a sign of maturity. I don’t think that when you’re very young that you’re ready for that yet because you’ve got too much energy. You’re like an athlete, you can’t tell an athlete to run slow. But when you’re playing an instrument, a musical instrument, it definitely is muscular as well as other factors, so it’s hard when you want to slow down, you want to move fast. You’ve worked hard on your technique to play a lot of notes, but all you’re doing is playing a lot of notes.

The challenge is to play the right note, in the right place, in the right sequence of notes and leave space around it so it can breathe. And the day came when that really sunk in, and I think it’s very important.

And if you had that, if you had that in mind, when you listen to records now or any live performance, you become very aware of the person that is performing and if that person is using space at all, and if so, is it used well? It’s a very important part of the music I think.

Link here for the full interview:

Ann Mortifee

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Paul Horn and Ann Mortifee - 1973 and 2010

Paul Horn now shares his life and work with Canadian vocalist and arts-and-culture leader Ann Mortifee. They bring together their unique and shared life experiences in their music, performances, workshops and presentations in the US and Canada.

Paul and Ann at Sacred Space

One of their Esalen workshop descriptions states:

“To become fully alive in all our humanness and vibrant in our spiritual essence, a merging of opposites needs to occur,” write Ann and Paul. “Strength with vulnerability, active with receptive, known with unknown. Through music, story, improvisation, meditation, and work with the wheel of integration, the intention for this workshop will be to stabilize and free the body, expand yet focus the mind, and awaken and embody the spirit.”

Paul Horn and Ann Mortifee

Their latest project is the recently published book and CD In Love with the Mystery

In Love With the Mystery

In Love with the Mystery

Music by Paul Horn, Miles Black and Edward Henderson

Vocals and spoken word by Ann Mortifee

This exquisite book is accompanied by music from accomplished musicians and improvisers. Just as the writing in IN LOVE WITH THE MYSTERY was spontaneous and inspired, so also was the creation of the accompanying CD. It is not simply an audio version of the book, but instead is a creative musical expression of the ideas and meaning behind the words in the book. Selected for their evocative power, phrases and passages are spoken and sung within a rich musical environment; the musicians created a resonant sphere in which the meanings and images in the writing could find full expression, often in an active interplay beyond, around and above the words.

Companion CD included in the book

On the companion compact disc, recorded live with her husband, Paul, Ann’s voice transports the listener to places where one can meditate on the wisdom within one’s own heart. This inspired musical offering, a marriage of two visionary souls traveling together, is an added gift to be experienced alone or in union with the book.

The listening experience is enhanced through refined professional recording and mastering using state of the art facilities and craftsmanship. Playable as stereo 5.1 for full surround sound, it is also a super audio disk (SACD), providing extraordinarily superior sound quality for those who have the capacity for SACDs on their players. This CD also sounds beautiful on any normal CD player.

  • Length: 46 min
  • Instrumentation:Vocals, spoken word, flute, guitar, piano
  • Stereo and Surround Sound 5.1

For more info, go to In Love with the Mystery official site.

Available in the US from at HERE

And in Canada at HERE

BOOK WITH CD: $28.95 CDN (plus tax+shipping) Also available at fine booksellers on request.