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.

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

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)

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.

McCartney and Lynch Benefit Concert

Paul Horn, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and David Lynch

Paul Horn, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and David Lynch

“Change Begins Within” Benefit Concert (2009)

On Saturday, April 4th, Paul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He will be joined by Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Moby, Bettye Lavette, Paul Horn and Jim James in what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime evening to support the Foundation’s pledge to teach one million at-risk children to meditate–to give them the tools to begin to change their world from within. Please join host David Lynch for this once-in-a-lifetime benefit event.

For further information on benefit packages, please visit

Source: 3-20-09 Paul Horn to perform with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Moby and others for David Lynch Foundation April 4, 2009

Surviving Beatles Unite to Promote Meditation

By Alan Duke

(CNN) — Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite on stage next month to raise money to teach transcendental meditation to children around the world to “help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world,” McCartney said.

Paul McCartney (above) and Ringo Starr are teaming up for a fund-raising concert.

The star-studded list of performers who will join them include two musicians who were with the Beatles when they journeyed to India’s Himalayan foothills in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

“In moments of madness, it has helped me find moments of serenity,” McCartney said in the concert announcement.

Profits from the April 4 show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall will fund the David Lynch Foundation’s program, which has already taught 60,000 children around the world how to meditate, foundation spokesman Steve Yellin said.

The goal of the project — which is called “Change Begins Within” — is to teach the meditation technique to a million at-risk children so they have “life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives,” Yellin said.

Schools across the United States have asked the group to bring the classes to their students, he said.

“I would like to think that it would help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world,” McCartney said.

Singer-songwriter Donovan and musician Paul Horn, who studied at the Maharishi’s ashram with the four Beatles, will also perform in the show.

“How great to be playing with Paul, Ringo, and Paul Horn again — as we did in India in 1968,” Donovan said.

“It’s a real reunion after 40 years of Donovan, Paul Horn, Ringo and Paul McCartney,” Yellin said. “It’s quite an interesting thing that they are still talking about transcendental meditation.”

Ringo left the ashram after just 10 days — explaining the food was too spicy for his taste — and McCartney stayed for six weeks, according to journalist Lewis Lapham in his book “With the Beatles.”

McCartney and John Lennon wrote many of the songs for the Beatles’ White Album while there, but the group disbanded within two years.

The list of performers also includes Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Bettye LaVette and Jim James.

Source: Surviving Beatles unite to promote Meditation – CNN

41 years after they meditated together in India … Donovan joins surviving Beatles at reunion gig


7 Mar 2009

By Mike Merritt

Scottish sixties singer Donovan will join Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr when the two former Beatles play together for the first time in seven years at a special concert next month to help one million children meditate – in a recreation of the historic time they shared in India 41 years ago.

The folk singer famous for such songs as Mellow Yellow and Catch The Wind wants to open a transcendental meditation university in Scotland.

Now he is to join the ex-Beatles for a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 4 to teach one million children the transcendental meditation technique – and change the world overnight.

Glasgow-born Donovan, Sir Paul and Ringo will appear with a host of other famous musicians and friends including Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Laura Dern, Mike Love and more.

Donovan travelled to India with The Beatles in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It turned out to be a profound experience for all of them.

His songs Hurdy Gurdy Man and Wear Your Love Like Heaven were inspired by his practice of transcendental meditation. In fact, the Beatles have said that most of the White Album was written while they were meditating in India with Maharishi.

Sir Paul is known to use meditation techniques and paid tribute to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who brought transcendental meditation to the West, when he died last year aged 91.

“He was a great man who worked tirelessly for the people of the world and the cause of unity. I will never forget the dedication that he wrote inside a book he once gave me, which read; radiate, bliss, consciousness’, and that to me says it all. I will miss him but will always think of him with a smile,” said Sir Paul last year.

Donovan, 62, was one of the most popular British recording artists of his day, producing a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles, and was one of the few artists to collaborate on songs with the Beatles. He influenced both John Lennon and Sir Paul when he taught them his finger-picking guitar style in 1968.

But he formed an alliance – to popularise transcendental meditation – with film director David Lynch, famous for Twin Peaks. Now Donovan wants to set up a Scottish university.

The Invincible Donovan University will provide the traditional university subjects, but students will also undergo training in transcendental meditation. Donovan has said he would open the university in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, bringing the hippie dream of world peace to his home country.

The singer said he would like to be involved with some teaching at the university, particularly in relation to music, but his role would mainly be within a steering group for the project.

Lynch said he had practised the technique for more than 34 years. He said through his foundation he had found children undertaking meditation achieve better qualifications at school, boost their creativity, particularly in relation to the arts, and are more productive.

Next month the Change Begins Within concert will raise funds to teach one million at-risk children to meditate – giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success.

Sir Paul said his transcendental meditation practice has helped him. “In moments of madness, it has helped me find moments of serenity,” Sir Paul said. He added that he supports the work of the David Lynch Foundation to bring the technique to one million children. “I would like to think that it would help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world.”

Ringo Starr said: “It gives me great pleasure to be part of this evening. I feel the aims of this charity are wonderful.”

Donovan added: “How great to be playing with Paul, Ringo, and Paul Horn again – as we did in India in 1968. Now we see the amazing results of our work from 40 years ago to bring meditation to the whole world. It’s the same message today, which is, Change begins within.’”

The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for more than 60,000 students. It also funds independent university research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on stress, learning, and behaviour. Visit

source: 41 years after they meditated together in India… Sunday Herald