MUSIC AND MEANING A DuVersity Seminar Sarasota, Florida, March 17-19 2017

A Weekend with Anthony Blake*, assisted by Darlene Franz*                                 






Orpheus. a legendary musician, poet and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. He has an ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music. Trees would uproot themselves to draw near to him.


Typically music is used as a means of distraction, based on habitual enjoyment and is rarely considered in its own right. But, from ancient times, it has been regarded with reverence and awe as a transmission of higher intelligence. In this seminar we will engage with how music can reveal the nature of the world and ourselves, as it has from ancient times and does now.

Music is a hidden arithmetical exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting. Gottlieb Leibniz


Hear live and recorded music from all over the world, ancient and modern

Experience how music, like language and mathematics, mediates our reality

Learn to hear music in new ways that encourages new ways of thinking and feeling

Hear how music interacts with poetry

See how sounds become music and things become instruments

Learn how music plays a significant role in changing culture

Experience microsound and multiple time/pitch scales

Participate in musical experiments exploring what music can do for us and in us

Learn musical principles based on visionary and esoteric ideas

Edward Matchett’s ‘neural education’ using ‘media signals’

Ernest McClain and Richard Heath’s harmonic theories on how the ancients created scriptures and myths

William Pensinger’s ultimate language called MUSCULPT

Karl Heinz Stockhausen’s cosmic or intuitive music

Pierre Schaeffer’s musique concrete derived from his studies with Gurdjieff


Hosted by the American Institute for Integral Studies, 7122 Mandarin Rd., Sarasota FL.  Starting Friday evening 7:00 PM, Sat. 10 – 12, 2 – 4:30, 7:30 – 9:00, Sun. 10 – 12 Lunch provided on site Saturday . Lodging available at local hotels - transportation assistance from selected hotels provided.  The Sarasota International Airport is the nearest/Tampa airport is 70 miles.  Cost for the weekend    $350.00 Registration and information for lodging available at   Or contact  tel. 615 684 2711

SG1Anthony Blake studied Physics at Bristol University with David Bohm, and the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge with Mary Hesse.  With the philosopher-technologist John Bennett, a leading student of the 'fourth way' teacher G. I. Gurdjieff, he worked on the development of methods of structural thinking called systematics that led to 'Structural Communication' and 'LogoVisual Technology' (LVT, see entry in Wikipedia). In 1998 he co-founded, and currently directs, the non-profit DuVersity (see, centered on dialogue.  He has authored numerous books, including The Supreme Art of Dialogue, A Gymnasium of Beliefs in Higher Intelligence, and The Intelligent Enneagram.  Among his many colleagues and collaborators were Edward Matchett (Creative Design), John Allen (Biosphere 2), Patrick de Mare (Group Analysis), Gordon Lawrence (Social Dreaming Matrix), Joseph Rael (Native American Spirituality), and Robert Fripp (leader of the band King Crimson). Anthony has conducted seminars around the world, including in Britain, the USA, Europe, Mexico, India and China.  His core interests remain dramatic process and dialogue, following the idea of the 'dramatic universe' introduced by his main teacher, John Bennett: seeking spirituality in life's uncertainties.


Image result for darlene franzDarlene Franz, D.M.A. is an oboist, music educator, singer, and chant composer residing in Seattle, Washington.  She holds a doctorate in oboe performance from the University of Washington, where she studied with Alex Klein and Rebecca Henderson, and her dissertation focused on interrelationships among Brahms's early and late organ music and his vocal music.  In the intersecting realms of vocal performance and spiritual practice she counts among her influences such luminaries as  Margriet Tindemanns, Cynthia Bourgeault, Iegor Reznikoff, Ravi Ravindra, Bobby McFerrin, Anthony Blake, Bronislawa Falinska, and Meredith Monk.

Since 2006, Darlene has been writing chants and teaching music and attention throughout the US and Canada, and in New Zealand.   In 2014, she gave the keynote address for the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, on the theme of Body Wisdom, and in 2015, led a chant-based session at the All & Everything Humanities Conference in Hoorn, Netherlands.  Recent and upcoming events include an all-day workshop, Sacred Breath and Sacred Chant, for Contemplative Outreach of Chicago, and serving as band leader and music presenter for Richard Rohr's Trinity: The Soul of Creation conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Darlene's work with groups cultivates the expansion of attention and presence, deepening of embodied awareness, and freeing of personal and collective energies blocked by habit and conditioning.  Carried into daily life, such chant practice can bring meaning to ordinary experience, enliven prayer and meditation practice, and enrich outward expressions of service. Darlene's own contemplative chants are in active use at Wisdom Schools, retreats, and Centering Prayer groups across North America and beyond.  Recordings of a sampling of her work may be found at