Archive for April, 2009

Strings For Tibet – Cavatina

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I opened the Las Vegas "Strings For Tibet" Concert with a
song by Stanley Meyers called Cavatina. This song was featured
in the movie the Deer Hunter with Robert DeNiro.

I used a Godin Guitar Synthesizer with a Roland VG-99. With this
combination I was able to create a Sitar/Guitar sound. It sounded great.
This piece was originally written for Classical Guitar and Orchestra. In this
version, I improvised an solo introduction just playing my guitar synthesizer.
The band doesn't come in for a minute or two. Notice the Sitar/Bells
sound...After the video, tell me what you think...

I look forward to your comments...

Strings For Tibet-Intro

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The Strings For Tibet Benefit concert on Saturday night
April 25, 2009 at 7:30 was awesome! If you were there
you witnessed a magnificient rainbow of talent.

I hosted the event. Below is a video of the introduction
to the concert. We played a 4 minute video about the
Tash Lhunpo Project and Monastery before my introduction.

I'll be posting some of the music performances. So keep
an eye out...

Here is the introduction...

 

Dalai Lama Blessing

Friday, April 24th, 2009

We got blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama today!

I recieved a phone call today about 3:05 Pacific time from
Ruth Hayward, the director of the Panchen Lama -Tashi Lhunpo Project.

She just finished having a private audience with His Holiness
the 14th Dalai Lama, along with  Khen Rinpoche Tsetan, Bob Hayward,
Paula Fouce and Catherine Josey from the Agape church.

The Dalai Lama was giving some private audiences the day
before his teaching at a University in Santa Barbara.

The topic during this Private Audience was the Panchen
Lama - Tashi Lhunpo Project, which is for the exile Monastery
in India.. This is a very special Monastery in the Tibetan tradition.
It was the very first Monastery of the Dalai Lama.

Khen Rinpoche Tsetan and Ruth shared with His Holiness
the work of Panchen Lama -Tashi Lhunpo Project which
included the Strings For Tibet Benefit concerts this weekend.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed this project and all those
working with it.

That includes us!

Ruth called me at 3:05 this afternoon to share the news, after the audience
with the Dalai Lama.

I got goosebumps! I called all the musicians involved, plus behind the scenes people
Vickie Pieper, Kevin Davis,  Doug Taylor, and our sound guy Joe to let them know what
had just happened and they were all touched by the experience.

So once again here is the Event Information...

When: Saturday - April 25, 2009
Where: Spiritual Life Center:
Address: 1420 E. Harmon Ave, Las Vegas NV. 89119
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE - Donations will be accepted

Web Site: www.StringsForTibet.com

Hope To See You There,
Robby LeBlanc

April 25 Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Last week I had shared about the filming Vickie and I did of the
Tibetan Monk Khen Rinpoche Tsetan at Spiritual Life Center
in Las Vegas...

That meeting lead to another great project I want to share with you.
" Strings For Tibet".

A Benefit Concert For The Panchen Lama - "Tashi Lhunpo Project”
www.StringsForTibet.com

I will be performing along with a few of my musician friends
from Las Vegas. If you can't be here for this event, we are planning
on streaming this concert live!

This concert will be an offering of the soulful and heartfelt sounds
of strings to honor the 20th birthday of the missing Panchen Lama,
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. This benefit concert will help raise funds
for his monastery in exile, Tashi Lhunpo, as blessed by our Patron,
the Dalai Lama.

(I am seeking a few volunteers to help me with this event.
Please Call if you think you can help out (702)798-1750)

In 2006 Khen Rinpoche Tsetan was asked by the His Holiness the Dalai Lama
to be the Abbot Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile, India. This appointment
is in the absence of the Panchen Lama, Gedun Choeyki Nyima, who
has been missing since the Chinese authorities took him and his
family into custody in 1995 when he was 6 years old.
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On April 25, 2009 there will be Two Concert Events:

Las Vegas Nevada Event:
When:
April 25, 2009
Where: Spiritual Life Center:
1420 E. Harmon Ave, Las Vegas NV. 89119

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE - Donations will be accepted
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Malibu California Event:
When: April 25, 2009
Where: Malibu (TBA)
Time: 2:00pm:-4:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: All the musicians invloved in these two concert
events have been asked to donate their Talent and Time. A number
of musicians will be performing at each event.

All money collected will go to The Panchen Lama - Tashi Lhunpo
Project, Inc is a 501 C 3
public charity organization. This non-profit
organization is dedicated to help protect an important Tibetan
Buddhist spiritual tradition, to honor its leader, the Panchen Lama as
recognized by the Dalai Lama,  and to improve the monastery in
exile and the conditions and number of monks there.

For More Imformation Specicially About The Tashi Lhunpo Project Inc.
Go To: www.thepltlproject.org

Hope To See You There...
Robby

The Cops Had Me Surrounded!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Last night I played a music gig at the Flamingo Hotel Casino.
On the way home I stopped at 7/11 to pick up some oil for my car.
There was only one car in the parking lot I wasn't in the store more
than 2 minutes. I started walking back to my car which was at the
gas pump when suddently...

Wam! Sirens Blowing! Cop cars everywhere! I am surrounded by cop cars
and police officiers with gun drawn! At least a dozen flew into the 7/11
parking lot in seconds. I just stood still to see what was going on.
There was another guy at the gas pump pumping gas. Then 3 more cop
cars came from 2 different direction at Desert Inn and Eastern, directly
in front of the 7/11.

Cops came out with guns drawn! Then on the speaker, "Get out of
the car with your hands up", now
!"  They guy at the gas pump ask
me, "what should we do?" I said don't even move! Cops were all over the
parking lot, guns everywhere, arresting  about 5-7 people.

This all happened in about 45 - 60 seconds...

I really likes those shorts!

And how was your weekend?
Comments on this post are welcome...

Have a Great Day,
Robby LeBlanc