GongLab

Experiments in sound, vibration, and meditation.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Gongs of June!

Thanks for the great morning! 



We had a great morning with Andrew Banas from News10 and we're still hearing you from our article with Joe Dalton from the Times Union

Friday, June 1st at 7:00PM in Malta, New York
Gong Lab! Gong Bath / Sound Healing
This is our first event at the Malta location of Yana Yoga with Amber Lapointe.  The room has been reviewed and we're excited to fill it with sound! You can let Amber know you're coming on the Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/284943852045299/

Saturday, June 2nd (Two Sessions) at 4PM and 5:30PM in Troy, New York
Gong Lab Gong Bath with Diane Simpson on Chakra Bowls and Gongs
Heartspace Healing Arts, Troy Studio
This is one of our longest standing and most popular events, recurring on "Every other 1st Saturday" of the month with the next one being in June. Reservations are required: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/main_enroll.asp?fl=true&tabID=8 

Friday, June 15th at 7:30PM in Latham, New York
Gong Lab Gong Bath (Experimental Session with Jim and Nick)
The Pilates Principle / Bodywork Professionals Latham
This is one of our home-base experimental event; follow us on facebook.com/thegonglab for details and to let us know you're coming (reservations not required). 

Stay tuned as we announce more details for special events such as the Mechnicville public library in July and a planned summer event at Rise Yoga in Saratoga.

We are also doing a number of private sessions this summer and interested in doing more if you are a community organizer or event planner and want to book us please reach out now as our calendar fills quickly (gongbrothers@gmail.com).



See you soon!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Summer of Gongs is Here!

Jim Pavoldi, Photographer
I snapped this photo last week of Gong Brother Nick at our industrial
space on Geyser road near our letterpress in Upstate Distilling.
It is our "Sub Atomic" gong glowing through the
hatch of Ryen's antique 'confessional'. 
Hello Everyone! It's been a long winter of experimentation with our multiple renditions of the new 'spinning gong' prototypes and our new line of Gong Lab stands where we've worked to perfect the gong stand based on years of experience with a number of innovations we believe are necessary and welcome for our Gong Master friends around the world. We are putting the finishing touches on a few dampening tactics especially important for private sessions and recordings.

It's time for us to come out of the cave and get on the road and it's going to be a busy summer!

Here are just a few of our upcoming events:

Friday, May 18th at 7:30 PM in Latham New York
Gong Lab (experimental session)
The Pilates Principle
This is our home-base session, and it is recurring, held on the "Third Friday" of each month. It is donation based and open / unreserved but let us know on Facebook if you're coming so we can map the space:
https://www.facebook.com/events/252337178669459/

Sunday, May 20th at 7:30 PM in Queensbury, New York
An Evening with The Gong Lab
Hot Yoga Queensbury
This is a great room and great crew in our Northern home. This is a recurring event held on the "Third Sunday" of each month,
Reservations are strongly encouraged and you can access Mindbody through the Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/145841329436740/

Friday, June 1st at 7:00PM in Malta, New York
Gong Lab! Gong Bath / Sound Healing
This is our first event at the Malta location of Yana Yoga with Amber Lapointe.  The room has been reviewed and we're excited to fill it with sound! You can let Amber know you're coming on the Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/284943852045299/

Saturday, June 2nd (Two Sessions) at 4PM and 5:30PM in Troy, New York
Gong Lab Gong Bath with Diane Simpson on Chakra Bowls and Gongs
Heartspace Healing Arts, Troy Studio
This is one of our longest standing and most popular events, recurring on "Every other 1st Saturday" of the month with the next one being in June. Reservations are required (I will update this note with the Facebook event page and Mindbody link when available).

Stay tuned as we announce more details for special events such as the Mechnicville public library in July and a planned summer event at Rise Yoga in Saratoga.

We are also doing a number of private sessions this summer and interested in doing more if you are a community organizer or event planner and want to book us please reach out now as our calendar fills quickly (gongbrothers@gmail.com).

See you soon!

Jim







Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gong Baths of 2018 and News from The Gong Lab

2018 will be an exciting year for the Gong Lab as we redouble our focus on bringing the power of The Gong and the gong bath experience to as many people in our community as possible.


We are part of a global community of Gong Masters trained under Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux and are change-agents with goals no less lofty than the very transition of our species on its evolutionary path from Homo Sapiens to "Homo Luminous"!


In practical terms, this means that we will increase our availability and activity and do our best to be open to new events, collaborations, and one-on-one sessions like an open parent doing its best to never say 'no' when the motivation is born of curiosity and a desire to explore.

Use our contact info below to stay in touch or reach out to us with questions or ideas for future collaboration, bookings, or event calendars.

Follow us or message us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thegonglab/

Call Jim and leave a message for bookings and private sessions in Saratoga Springs:
[gv] 518 290 0271


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Event Notes, January and February 2018:

Lululemon Athletica, Gong Meditation; Albany, NY


Video below of Jim with the priceless "Walter" gong made by master gong maker Walter Meyer at the end of his life and long career.




We just finished an amazing early morning event at the Lulu Lemon Athletica in Albany at Crossgates. Some of the more self-identified purist seekers might protest that a retail 'store' may not be the best place for a meditation, but this was amazing! Special thanks to Adam Galarneau of Lululemon, Lisa O'brien from LifeYum, and Katie Colins Yoga for integrating us into this amazing event. It was an inspiration to empty the store and create such a unique space so quickly for more than 60 people participate in an experiment that was assuredly a sight-to-see for the friendly 'mall walkers' who stopped to peer through the windows of the shop! Thanks to Hayley from Saratoga Tea & Honey for sending us all on our way with gifts of her custom Gen Mai Chocolate.

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Latham Experimental Gong Bath; New Gongs in Latham, NY


Wow! Special thanks to Grammy nominated David Macejka for turning us on with 3 new gongs, including the massive Paiste Sound Creation and two vintage Paiste Symphonic gongs as well as 3 of the vintage Paiste circle stands made famous by Pink Floyd live at Pompeii.  These gongs are gorgeous and we are happy to have them join our ensemble. Our monthly experimental lab in Latham was their first appearance and we were so fortunate to be joined by fellow Gong Master Deb Segal of Segal Violins in Troy this special night.

Experimental Gong Bath New York


Follow us on Facebook for details on our next Latham event.


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Private Gong Baths and Sound Healing Sessions are now available in Saratoga Springs in the Gong Cave at Bodyworks Professionals


I wrote about this last week in a post HERE and we have a had a great month of training and private sessions. Please call Jim for details or evening appointments at [gv] 518 290 0271 or email us at GongBrothers@gmail.com.

We are so excited for the Gongs to rest in this beautiful space:

Gonglab Soundhealing New York



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Coming Soon! Gong Baths at Hot Yoga Queensbury!


We are so glad to be coming back to our sessions at Hot Yoga Queensbury; Please follow us on Facebook for details (coming soon).

Gonglab Gong Bath New York


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New "Double Sessions" in Troy at Heartspace Yoga with Diane Simpson


We are excited to announce another pair of "Every Other 1st Saturday" events in Troy. To accommodate guests and keep the room from feeling crowded we will now be offering a 2nd sessions in Troy. Reservations are required through the Troy Heartspace MindBody and we are happy to announce the continued collaboration between the Gong Brothers and Diane Simpson with her collection of crystal bowls and her recent acquisition of our entire chakra gong collection. The look on her face says it all!

chakra gong collection


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Gong Brother Jim has returned to Saratoga full time!


I am excited to be back in town and eager to discussion questions and ideas. If you are a studio, event planner, or would like to propose cooperation or please feel free to reach out directly:

Follow us or message us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/thegonglab/

Call Jim and leave a message for bookings and private sessions in Saratoga Springs:
[gv] 518 290 0271


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See you soon!

Let's take part of this journey together!









Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Private Gong Baths now available in Saratoga Springs at Bodywork Professionals!

Private Gong Baths now available in The Gong Room at Bodywork Professionals in Saratoga Springs, NY!


The Gong Lab is now accommodating private Gong Bath and Sound Healing sessions in The Gong Room that you have heard Nick and I talking about during our public events. This is where we’ve initiated the practice and experimentation that has been manifested over the years in a group setting and is now available for customized, one on one sessions offering a level of control, guidance, and interaction not available in a group setting.


Gong Lab - Gong Baths and Meditation in Saratoga Springs, NY
The Gong Bath Room at Bodywork Professionals in Saratoga Springs, NY









What’s different?
The most noticeable difference between a group gong event and a private session is the amount of focus and customization on and for your needs and goals specifically. Although Nick and I always establish and maintain an intention in our public events; the private event allows us to construct a custom intention and path, with your optional guidance, specifically designed to maximize the healing events engendered by this vibration.

There is no wrong way to do it and the intention is limitless!
You may simply lie down silently and take a true ‘power nap’, or use the option to talk and explore physical, spiritual, or emotional healing goals in every aspect of new-life, life-change, and end-of-life anxieties.

What to expect?
-Consultation, planned interaction levels and methods
-Establishing private Intention / Goals (discussion and orientation)
-Custom pacing and intensity with re-entry options
-Optional participation, path or method creation for longer-term journeys

Contact us now to book an evening Gong Bath session in Saratoga Springs!

[t] (518) 290 0271
The Gong Lab is Jim and Nick Pavoldi



There is no wrong way to receive this vibration!

Gong Bath Relaxtion
Gong Bath Relaxtion

Gong Bath Meditation
Gong Bath Meditation

Gong Yoga
Gong Yoga

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gong Bath Event Photos in Albany, Latham, Troy, and New York, NY.

We have been fortunate this year to host dozens of Gong Bath events in Upstate New York with our gongs making it to Albany, Latham, Troy, Woodstock, Monroe, and back home to Saratoga Springs, New York. 


 People often ask after our gong baths if there's any special meaning to the seeming odd and crudely assembled images I use to promote each gong bath on Facebook. 


Sometimes I am inspired by a theme but I am almost always quick to google a specific term for the theme and determined to stay committed even if the final image seems a little silly.

Here are a few of my favorites from 2017 featuring some of our own tuned Paiste planet gongs!


Gong Bath Saratoga Springs, NY
Dreams of Baby Ophelia hearing our Temple Gong

Gong Bath Saratoga Springs, NY
Baby Nefeli Singing Bowl before the Gong Bath

Gong Bath Albany, NY
Gong Bath Holidays Dare, Tibetan Chakra Gong

Gong Bath Latham, NY
Gong Bath Cuttlefish with Tuned Paiste Neptune Gong

Gong Bath Troy, New York
Gong Bath Galileo with Paiste Symphonic Gong

Gong Bath, Troy, NY
Gong Bath Tuned Paiste Moon Gong

Gong Bath Latham, NY
Gong Bath Saturn, Tuned Paiste Planet Gong

Gong Bath Winter Solstice with Tuned Paiste Sun Gong and Gong Lab Logo

Gong Bath, Latham NY
Gong Bath Thanksgiving with Sun Gong

Gong Bath, Troy New York
Gong Bath, Double Session with Sun Gong and Saturn

Gong Bath, Christmas

Gong Bath, Saint Patrick's Day with Don Conreaux Gong
Some of our less creative gong bath event pages use less creative themes from (un)creative commons but that start with a googled theme:

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 2016... Training as Journeymen Gong Masters with Don Conreaux

Nick and I are fresh off a 4 day weekend at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York where we had the honor or training under Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux.



It's exciting to see such a full room of seekers quickly realizing what a unique experience they had fallen into...


Don has been around the world several times since the last time we saw him, and got some exceptional coverage in an article in the Financial Times titled "Masterclass: Gong playing with Don Conreaux" and I highly advise reading the article here



“We don’t call the gong a musical instrument. It’s a power tool,” says Don Conreaux, one of the world’s most respected gong teachers. “In learning to play the gong, the musician sees it more as an engine.”

Please read the entire article at the link below:
https://www.ft.com/content/2ba4dcd4-5f46-11e6-ae3f-77baadeb1c93

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Albany, NY Area Gong Baths, Sound Healing, Kirtan, and Drumming Events

The Gong Brothers, James and Nick Pavoldi are happy to have had the Gong Lab's upcoming events featured in a great article by author Erin Lehn Floresca titled "Good Vibrations, Sound Healing for the Soul" in the Albany, New York edition of "Natural Awakenings":

Albany Awakenings January 2016 Sound Healing Issue
Sound Healing and Gong Baths events in New York
You can read Erin's entire article by clicking on the link HERE (pages 31 and 32)

The core of the article includes interviews and thoughts from Psychotherapist Meredith McFadden, Master Crystal Singing Bowl Artist "Ashana", filmaker Michael Stillwater, founder of Inner Harmony and Music without Borders, and Kitzie Stern, of the New World Kirtan Podcast.

The local features included Cheryl Beckmann and Daniel Roy of All Energy Yoga, psychotherapist and sound healer Maria Sunukjian, Pamela and Reinaldo Medina, Meditative drummer Zelda Hotaling, and David and Shannon Ciucevich.