“ NAADA OM carries the 'you' away - replaces it with Love of the Infinite ... ”
— Laura Hebden
Naada Om: Composer, vocalist and harmonium player Felix Woldenberg, alan corne percussion
" FLOW OF PRIMORDIAL SOUND "
NAADA OM is a World Music collaboration between composer, singer and harmonium player Felix Woldenberg and percussionist Alan Corne.
NAADA OM's music can be divided into three categories:
'Devotional Songs or Bhajans'—based on traditional call-and-response chanting; 'Mantric Chants'—generally slow chants sung in unison utilizing mantras; and 'Sacred Offerings'—musical works drawing inspiration from Western classical harmony, Dhrupad, Bhajan, Qawwali, and North Indian raga.
In traditional settings, Bhajan and Kirtan are ecstatic devotional practices which focus, engage and heighten the responses of the faculties of the body-mind such as emotion, attention and bodily worship.
NAADA OM's orientation aims to move the participant to a depth of feeling in a space of stillness and equanimity, thereby supporting the participant in a greater awareness of, and heart response to the Source-condition of his or her own being.
Felix Woldenberg 05/12/1981
Born in the USA , Felix started chanting at age 3, and a year later took up the piano keyboard, subsequently transitioning to playing the harmonium. His training in classical and devotional music grew throughout his childhood. In his late teens his love of Qawwali Sufi music led him to find teachers in both India and Kashmir, after which he settled in Holland and studied North Indian Classical music at the Rotterdam conservatory.
These studies led him to the celebrated world recognized Dhrupad Chanting Master Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, whom Felix recognizes as his greatest source of vocal musical inspiration. Dhrupad is one of the oldest classical Indian musical traditions, oriented toward temple life and self-realization.
Felix grew quickly in his Dhrupad studies and soon began writing devotional music inspired by both his Western and Eastern classical roots. Felix's collaboration with Alan Corne started when they began offering Sacred music for their spiritual Master Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj in 2003 until his passing in 2008. Having performed many devotional musical offerings in 2017 at Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj's principal Hermitage Sanctuary in Fiji; in 2018 Felix and Alan decided to formalize their collaboration and name it 'Naada Om', meaning 'Flow of Primordial Sound'.
Alan Corne 25/01/1961
French-African born drummer, percussionist, composer Alan Corne migrated to Australia in his early teens where he developed a great love of music. He started playing drumset at age 14 and became involved in all styles of contemporary music, especially be-bop jazz and jazz fusion. During that time he also discovered North Indian classical music; he took up studies of the tabla (North Indian classical hand drums) at age 20 from western teacher Peter Slatury in Sydney.
Alan holds a BA in Contemporary Music from SCU in Lismore, NSW, and a Masters in Contemporary Music Practice from BHI in Melbourne, Victoria. Alan has also studied Konnokol (a South Indian musical rhythmic performative and pedagogical language) with drumming masters Subash Chandran and Ganesh Kumar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Over his performative career as a drumset player spanning 35 years, Alan has been involved in original, cover and experimental bands, as well as theatre productions spanning most contemporary music genres. His journey as a percussion player really began in the early 90's, when as a devotee of Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj, he participated in the Sacred devotional culture of Adidam. In 1997, he joined the Adidam Sacred Music Guild and was involved in many musical offerings for Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj through to 2003. At this time his collaboration with singer and composer Felix Woldenberg began in earnest, primarily focusing on the Indian Dhrupad musical tradition (an ancient classical form of temple music devoted to self-realization).
Between 2003 and 2007 Alan and Felix were involved in extensive musical service around Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj and within the culture of Adidam. During that time Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj instructed Felix and Alan in different ways and settings about the devotional relationship to the spiritual master, as well as the function and purpose sacred music and chant serves in the context of that relationship and in the sacred culture of practitioners who respond to the master.
Audio and Video Demos
The tracks below are demo reels of the four live albums that Naada Om have primarily released for 'in house purchases' within the Adidam community. Due to being recorded in a remote island sanctuary in Fiji, these live recordings are not broadcast quality and are not being marketed to the public, furthermore the material itself is in a process of being re-written and re-arranged to address the needs of a broader market. The 6 minutes track below called 'Midnight Darshan' is a demo montage cut from the original 15 minutes piece that was recorded in a professional studio.
In 2019 Naada Om facilitated three chanting retreats in both the USA and The Netherlands, as well as playing small concerts in San Fransisco, Chicago, Lake County, Los Angeles and Mariahoop. They also provided both chants and atmospheric music in support of yoga classes hosted by celebrated yoga Master Mark Whitwell at the Shakti Festival in Joshua Tree, California. The short video demo below was recorded in July at one of four performances given by Naada Om at Mariahoop. Naada Om are scheduled to return to Fiji for a series of performances in late October 2019.