Paul Horn and Ann Mortifee at Sacred Space

ann and paul -reading

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

Ann and Paul on Black 1

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

Sacred Tibet Film

A film about a sacred pilgrimage ending at Mount Kailash, Sacred Tibet, the Path to Mount Kailash is a Tom Vendetti film featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, multi-Grammy Winner Paul Horn and Lama Tenzin – narrated by Kris Kristopherson and Paul Horn, with music by Paul Horn and Christopher Hedge.

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