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.
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.
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.”
Their latest project is the recently published book and CD In Love with the Mystery
Paul Horn and Jigme Drukpa were featured in the music, “The Middle Path,” by Christopher Hedge, for this beautiful hour-long documentary about Bhutan, its people, its culture and its practice of finding happiness on the middle path. (With narration by Ann Mortifee)
For more on the music in this video, link here.
Produced and directed by Tom Vendetti, the film Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness was a winner of 2 Emmy Awards.
Ann Mortifee Says New Book Sparked by Husband’s Gift and Inspiration
by Grania Litwin, Times Colonist, November 4, 2010
Singer-songwriter Ann Mortifee and flutist Paul Horn met almost 40 years ago when she was a 24-year-old at the dawn of her career, and he was an established luminary of new-age jazz.
She had written the score for The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and they were introduced at a recording studio, while working on an album for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s adaptation of the show.
After the session, Mortifee mentioned she hadn’t had time to write an overture and Horn immediately suggested they improvise something. Slightly stunned, she anxiously asked: “How do we do that?”
“I’ll just start and you follow me into the music,” explained the man with the golden flute, who had recorded inside the Taj Mahal. “It’s like a conversation. Whatever you do — don’t think.”
Fixing her with his gaze, he started to play. He then closed his eyes and drifted into the music. She flowed into the moment with her voice, and the overture came into being.
The South African-born Mortifee says she fell in love with him that day — he was married at the time, but they reconnected and married five years ago — and she began using his masterful musical guidance to connect with her inner voice whether teaching, composing or performing.
It also helped kindle her recent book, In Love With the Mystery, …..
Read the full article HERE