Displaying items by tag: music - Planet Herbs http://www.planetherbs.com Tue, 23 May 2017 12:42:02 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Where Music and Herbalism Meet: Notes on "Arcana" http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/where-music-and-herbalism-meet-notes-on-arcana.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/where-music-and-herbalism-meet-notes-on-arcana.html “Northwest Passage” The amazing music of composer, Alex Shapiro Featuring the world premiere of ARCANA: SUITE FOR PIANO commissioned by and dedicated to and performed by Michael Tierra, pianist. Peace United Church, Santa Cruz, California March 20, 7PM I am diverging this month from the usual blog on herbs and healing to write about a very special piece of music celebrating herbs and healing. This month I will be performing the premiere of Arcana, a 20-minute long suite of short piano pieces which I commissioned highly celebrated contemporary composer, Alex Shapiro, to write for me nearly two years ago. (Buy…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:25:06 +0000 Gifts for Herbalists (and Others) on Your List http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/gifts-for-herbalists-and-others-on-your-list.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/gifts-for-herbalists-and-others-on-your-list.html Numen: The Nature of Plants A film about the healing power of plants http://www.numenfilm.com This is the most beautiful film yet produced on what we herbalists are all about. It runs 75 minutes long and features many of our herbal teachers as spokespersons. I especially appreciate the extended eloquent presentations of Dr. William Mitchell, naturopath of Bastyr College, and one of the finest herbalists of our generation. This film is a real feast for the eye and soul and the only regret I have is that somehow I was not one of the numerous herbalists featured. I echo Dr. Tieraona…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Sun, 08 Dec 2013 21:52:07 +0000 Pressed for Time: Piano and Plants in Fort Worth, Texas http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/pressed-for-time-piano-and-plants-in-fort-worth-texas.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/pressed-for-time-piano-and-plants-in-fort-worth-texas.html Pianos... I'm in Fort Worth right now, at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a classical pianist, the opportunity to attend the Van Cliburn is akin to being able to attend a Super Bowl playoff. It's especially a kick for me, because one of the contenders happened to be my son, Chetan Tierra, who was specially selected and auditioned from a worldwide pool of over 1,000 very talented young men and women. Despite being a favorite of the Dallas Star's classical music critic and many of the audience, Chetan did not advance to the semifinals. The fact is, at…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Michael Moore, 1941-2009 http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/michael-moore-1941-2009.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/michael-moore-1941-2009.html Michael Moore, the great Southwestern herbalist of North America, left his earthly dwelling for other realms on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. Michael leaves us a rich legacy of herbal knowledge and wisdom, the fruit of over 40 years of his passionate explorations of the fundamental healing relationship between plants, the earth and humankind. I had first heard of Michael around 1967 when he and I were involved with the avant-garde music scene at UCLA. At the time, Michael was an accomplished symphonic trumpet player. True to his nature as one attracted to the more esoteric fringe aspect of any endeavor,…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 The Age of the Piano Recital is Not Dead! http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-age-of-the-piano-recital-is-not-dead.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-age-of-the-piano-recital-is-not-dead.html Been to a piano recital lately? Thanks to the dedication of the impresarios at the UCSC Arts and Lecture Series and the indefatigable John Orlando of Cabrillo College's Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series, I attended exquisite back-to-back piano recitals by Valentina Lisitsa and Halida Dinova in Santa Cruz last weekend. And before you say, "Oh boy, a piano recital - how boring," let me tell you that judging by the near sold-out shows at the UCSC Concert Hall and the Cabrillo College auditorium on both evenings, I would say that more than just the intelligentsia are responsive to the…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 "Birds Do It, Bees Do It:" Foods and herbs to spice up your love life http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/birds-do-it-bees-do-it-foods-and-herbs-to-spice-up-your-love-life.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/birds-do-it-bees-do-it-foods-and-herbs-to-spice-up-your-love-life.html When the little bluebird Who has never said a word Starts to sing Spring When the little bluebell At the bottom of the dell Starts to ring Ding dong Ding dong When the little blue clerk In the middle of his work Starts a tune to the moon up above It is nature that is all Simply telling us to fall in love. And that's why birds do it, bees do it Even educated fleas do it Let's do it, let's fall in love! -- from "Let's Do It" by Cole Porter The lyrics above and sprinkled throughout this text…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Wed, 04 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Seven Days of Kwanzaa: Ginseng and Astragalus for Cooperative Economics http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-ginseng-and-astragalus-for-cooperative-economics.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-ginseng-and-astragalus-for-cooperative-economics.html The meditation for today, the fourth day of Kwanzaa, is Ujamaa -- Cooperative Economics: To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. In meditation on today's theme, I look back once again to my experience at Black Bear commune where our goal was to become as self-sufficient as possible through pooling our talents and resources. We found that through a combination of gathering, growing and raising our own food, and utilizing simple resources found or developed on the land, the cost to support and maintain a person was only $80 a…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 My Favorite (Herbal) Things for Holiday Giving http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/my-favorite-herbal-things-for-holiday-giving.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/my-favorite-herbal-things-for-holiday-giving.html With the holidays and the season for gift-giving upon us, I thought I'd put together an Oprah-style list of "My Favorite (Herbal) Things" for all you generous hearts out there. Here goes: ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR HERBAL BOOKSHELF All of Michael Moore's classic Trinity Herb Books: Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West - 2nd edition (2003), $24.95 from Museum of New Mexico Press Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West (1989), $11.53 from Amazon Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West (1993), $22.50 from Museum of New Mexico Press These are arguably the greatest herb books written in the 20th century.…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0000