GongLab

Experiments in sound, vibration, and meditation.

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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Gong Bath to Support Coesa and Roosevelt II in Saratoga Springs!

Sometimes being a gong master means getting to do really awesome things. This past Sunday we had an event to raise money for Coesa at the Roosevelt II bathhouse in Saratoga Springs, NY. Coesa has made it their mission to bring the Roosevelt II bath back to life. Roosevelt II a cool old Victorian age Greek revival bath house in the heart of the Saratoga Springs State Park. The bathhouse has been empty, unused and neglected for 30 years until this wonderful non-profit group has made it their mission to bring it back to life.

The setting was simply awesome. An old brooding building, rusting and worn with magic in it’s bones. The healing history built around the stone columns of this Greek revival building made this feel like we were part of something special, part of history. The gongs dovetailed nicely in the setting and we had an awesome, inquisitive crowd.

Each Gong event is different and this one was energetic and revitalizing.The Gong Lab is not a formal non-profit but Gong brother Jim and I do not take a profit from of efforts. We simply roll all the income directly back into buying more gongs. Doing a fundraising event for Coesa, who has the great mission of bringing the Roosevelt II back to life was an honor and felt much more important than just accumulating more gongs.

This is more than a hobby, it’s a shared labor of bliss. We have a home in the gongs, and a place where we can be gong geeks. Our own little weird place in the world, and everybody is invited.

Thanks again for all those who took part, and for Coesa for bringing breaking life, vitality and healing into our lives.

Each of the publications below has a gallery of the event

Schenectady Gazette
http://dailygazette.com/photos/galleries/2015/aug/23/coesa-holistic-wellness-center-fundraiser/

Grid Saratoga
 https://www.gridsaratoga.com/gong-bath-sunday-raise-funds-holistic-wellness-center-saratoga-spa-state-park/ 

Paul Chesare
https://www.flickr.com/photos/general-atomic/

The Albany Times Union:
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Bathed-in-sound-waves-6461120.php


http://dailygazette.com/photos/galleries/2015/aug/23/coesa-holistic-wellness-center-fundraiser/

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NP

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gong Masters in the New York Times!

Wow, we woke up this morning to a great article in the New York Times about Gong Baths making the move from "Metaphysical to Mainstream"


This is such a great affirmation of our beliefs as we've been hosting Gong Baths for years and it's always refreshing to see that we're not alone in the Gong Universe!


James and Nicholas Pavoldi
Gong Masters Nick and Jim Pavoldi, Saratoga Springs, NY Roosevelt II Spa

Excerpts from Sohpia's Kercher's New York Times Article 
(please read the entire article by clicking HERE)

Once found only at New Age retreats or the white-domed Integratron in the Mojave Desert, sound baths are now offered all over Southern California. Celebrities such as Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne and Robert Trujillo of Metallica have participated. Sound healers, sometimes called “sounders,” say the vibrations can relax brain-wave patterns, lower heart rate, reduce stress and pain, relieve anxiety and sometimes help with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a psychiatry professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Geffen School of Medicine at U.C.L.A., and a Kundalini yoga instructor, has practiced sound meditation for 11 years, using it for older adults with memory problems, among others.

She said that participants will often fall into a state of profound relaxation and wake up refreshed. “Deep mental and physical relaxation would decrease sympathetic and will increase parasympathetic autonomic nervous system tone and response, thus decreasing stress response,”

The article mentions the Integration, Temple of Intuition, and Jamie Ford of The Sound Space.

It's exciting to see Gong Bath's going mainstream, especially considering some of our recent decisions to house a number of our Gong's at Nick's new Bodywork Professionals office on Spring Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. We've dedicated an entire room to massage and Structural Integration simultaneously with the Gongs.

gong baths saratoga springs, ny
Gong Lab at Bodywork Professionals massage in Saratoga Springs, NY

We are preparing now for a Gong Bath in the Saratoga Springs Spa State Park at the Roosevelt II baths.  This amazing building has the potential to be destination for sound healing events in New York and is being rehabilitated by the Coesa crew who is dedicating their energy to rehabilitate this wonderful building. We went for a visit last weekend to prepare for a fundraiser on August 23rd at 10am.

Jamie Rock, of JRockVision got some video of our rehearsal last weekend:



See you soon!

JP





Monday, July 13, 2015

July 2015 Gong Baths in Troy and Latham, NY
















Gong Lab; Latham, NY
Friday, July 17th 
7:30 PM
The Pilates Principle
578 New Loudon Rd. 
Latham, NY 


Gong Lab; Troy, NY
Saturday, August 1st
4:00 PM
Heartspace Troy
10 Second St. 
Troy, NY


Nick and I are re-charged after getting to spend some quality time deep in the sounds of the universe with Mickey Hart on the 4th of July in Chicago. We are excited to have had a month to prepare since our last Latham event and have learned so much that we're brimming with positive energy for this next experiment.

The Gong lab is a sound and vibration meditation experiment. We use gongs, singing bowls and other equipment to facilitate relaxation and cultivate a rejuvenating experience. The  gong produces a continuum of sound or holistic resonance found in living objects that vibrate with every cell in their being. The gong is an engine of resonate power or "feeling" tones. Feeling tones are felt in a kinesthetic way as a result of sustained tone production of long, low waves of low frequency sound waves or oscillations. The body responds to prolonged saturation  of sound by listening like a big ear, hearing with feeling. When  this happens, the mental, emotional and physical bodies become both super-conductive, and super-regenerating  as the strain caused by the normal resistance of the ego-identity no longer exists as a disease factor. 

And it just sounds cool.

Gong Labs are donation based. We ask for $10-$20 but we want you there no matter what. Bring a friend for their first time as our special guest for free. Tell us you are coming and reserve a space via our Facebook event page or call (518) 389-2200. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June Gong Baths in Upstate New York

We are so excited to be back in our home towns for 2 special solstice-weekend Gong Baths in the capital district; one in Latham and one in Saratoga Springs.

If you haven't received the email (below) please subscribe by simply sending a text the text the word "GONGLAB" to 22828.



The longest day of the year is almost with us.  Join us as we celebrate the emergence of Summer and the power, beauty and bounty of the apex of the sun in the north. 


Latham, NY

Friday, 19th of June ~ 7:30 PM
The Pilates Principle
578 New Loudon Rd. 
Latham, NY 

Our regular third Friday event at Pilates Principle as usual falls right near the apex of the sun. Join us as we celebrate the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. 

Saratoga Springs, NY 

Sunday, 21st of June ~ 6 PM (Directly after the 4PM silent Bikram class)
Hot Yoga Saratoga
75 Woodlawn Ave. 
Saratoga Springs, NY

Our Saratoga Solstice Event. Since our last visit to Saratoga, we have doubled the size of our gong holdings. HYS Studio B is an awesome acoustic room, and with our 8 new gongs  (15 and counting) we are going the rock this place like never before. 

For those who may have never joined us before this is going to be a perfect first event. Those who have joined us, the experience will be uniquely different and certainly more powerful with our new additions. 

Troy, NY 

Saturday, 1st of August ~4 PM  
Heartspace Troy
10 Second St. 
Troy, NY

We've got the whole gang together for the big Heartspace Lab. We ♥ Troy, and Troy seems to love us right back as these events are the most popular we do. Bring a nest and get cozy, come early! 

Gong Lab 

The Gong lab is a sound and vibration meditation experiment. We use gongs, singing bowls and other equipment to facilitate relaxation and cultivate a rejuvenating experience. The  gong produces a continuum of sound or holistic resonance found in living objects that vibrate with every cell in their being. The gong is an engine of resonate power or "feeling" tones. Feeling tones are felt in a kinesthetic way as a result of sustained tone production of long, low waves of low frequency sound waves or oscillations. The body responds to prolonged saturation  of sound by listening like a big ear, hearing with feeling. When  this happens, the mental, emotional and physical bodies become both super-conductive, and super-regenerating  as the strain caused by the normal resistance of the ego-identity no longer exists as a disease factor. 

And it just sounds cool.

Gong Labs are donation based. We ask for $10-$20 but we want you there no matter what. Bring a friend for their first time as our special guest for free. Tell us you are coming and reserve a space via our Facebook event page or call (518) 389-2200. 

See you soon!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Gong Bath tonight in Latham!

Here's a copy of Nick's recent email to our list friends. It's been a real campsite-bear trying to enter, re-enter, and sometimes just guess letters to see if we've entered something incorrectly but good news! If you didn't get the email and want to make sure you get future emails, pls text GONGLAB to 22828 and you should be automatically (and accurately!) added to the list. Thanks! JP
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We are jazzed by the energy of spring and the new additions to our gong family. The interplay of harmonics created when sound waves overlap is one of the things that makes each lab unique. Each new gong has the ability to modify the others making exponentially more variety in sound wave patterns.
Cymatics is the study of visual sound. There are several ways of creating visual representations of sound, the easiest is to close your eyes during a gong lab. Just like ripples on a pond the vitrious humor (gel inside eyes) begins to vibrate with the resonance of the gongs. Relaxed with eyes closed, subtle shapes and undulating patterns emerge by the same waves that create sound.
Latham
Friday, 15th of May 7:30
The Pilates Principle
578 New Loudon Rd. Latham, NY
Our regular third Friday event at the beautiful Pilates Principle. Join Gong Brother Jim and I as we continue to explore the new additions to our gong family. This is an all alloy event with gongs and metal bowls. The Pilates Principle is plenty big enough to bring a friend and spread out a bit. Join us!
Troy
Saturday, 1st of August ~ 4pm
Heartspace Troy
10 Second St. Troy, NY
Our cool out summertime Lab series will kick off in Troy on August first. Full Details to follow.
Gong Lab
The Gong lab is a sound and vibration meditation experiment. We use gongs, singing bowls and other equipment to facilitate relaxation and cultivate a rejuvenating experience. The gong produces a continuum of sound or holistic resonance found in living objects that vibrate with every cell in their being. The gong is an engine of resonate power or "feeling" tones. Feeling tones are felt in a kinesthetic way as a result of sustained tone production of long, low waves of low frequency sound waves or oscillations. The body responds to prolonged saturation of sound by listening like a big ear, hearing with feeling. When this happens, the mental, emotional and physical bodies become both super-conductive, and super-regenerating as the strain caused by the normal resistance of the ego-identity no longer exists as a disease factor. Or it just sounds cool.
Gong Labs are donation based. We ask for $10-$20 but we want you there no matter what. Tell us you are coming and reserve a space via our facebook page or call 518.389.2200.
See you Soon!