Koh Samui moments...
we have been in Thailand for the past several weeks... first in Chiang Mai, staying with interesting new friends, Joe from the UK who first met us a couple of years back at a great concert in Brixton... turns up in Thailand just as we need a place to land. Thanks to Joe for gifting us such a gentle and welcoming landing spot in the north! We reconnected with some good friends in the Reggae world of CM & had a great time rocking out in RootsRockReggae with everyone there.
From Chiang Mai we flew down to the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui... playing benefit concerts for Nepal. As we write, Nepal is shaking under the force of the second round of earthquakes after the April 25 shocks. Everywhere we go there are fund-raising efforts to support the people of Nepal.
Meanwhile... as with everything in this cycle of life and death, life goes on, as does the transition to the next incarnation however it may be colored.
On Koh Samui we came to the place of a good friend, John Stewart - it was John and wife Karina's vision to create Kamalaya 14 years ago. This is a place of stillness, tranquility, good health and fine care... a place to open and explore inwardly if such is your inclination. Or... to get into a super gym and go a few rounds with your mirror image!
We were at Kamalalya to play of course... a beautiful evening sharing magical music with some deeply focused people.
This is a place worth returning to!
Prior to Thailand, we had a magical three months in Bali where the Bali Live! Festival invited Fantuzzi Music to be part of their grand climax, the Bali Spirit Festival invited Fantuzzi & Kat to MC & Manage the daytime stage where we had a great time hanging out with everyone taking breaks from the multitude of fascinating and fun workshops and classes. Fantuzzi and his "Bali Quartet" - currently the tightest and hottest version of the "Flexible Band" - headlined the Mertasari Beach Festival to close out our visit to Bali.
We had a great time sharing through workshops at the Green School and with everyone at Paradiso in Ubud, at concerts with the Jazz Cafe, Ryoshi's House of Jazz, Alchemy and The Island Cafe and many more.
The months ahead are starting to look really busy too - if you have a desire for some Fantuzzi Music in your 'hood, please drop us a line and we'll see what we can weave into this magic carpet!