Create a connection

Michael Stillwater's attraction to the musical and the mystical led him to become an artist whose songs reflect universal spiritual principles and the journey of the human experience.

Stillwater will present "ChantWave: A Celebration in Song" and show a preview of his new documentary, "In Search of the Great Song," at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Stillwater's show is a mix of songs, chants, the spoken word and silence intended to create a connection within ourselves and each other.

As a motivational educator using music for healing, Stillwater founded the Inner Harmony record label, and he has composed and recorded a large body of healing music. In addition to the record label, Stillwater creates therapeutic songs for individuals and couples.

Stillwater began his spiritual and musical path during the '60s when he was in his teens. In the late '70s, he and his wife, Maloah Devi, co-founded Heavensong, a nondenominational music ministry that focused on contemporary, Western chants.

In 2006, Stillwater released "ChantWave at Grace Cathedral." "O Great Spirit" and "The Honoring" followed in 2008, along with "SongSourcing" in 2009.

The documentary "In Search of the Great Song" explores and celebrates the songs within us, connecting us and surrounding us. Filmed in America, Europe, Australia and India, it features artists, educators, scientists, spiritual teachers and ordinary people expressing perspectives about the universal concept. Some of those interviewed were a Benedictine monk, a Swiss mathematician and musician, a Hawaiian fire-dancer, a singer and conductor and an Aboriginal leader in Southeast Australia.

Stillwater will offer a workshop, titled "Song Sanctuary: Freeing Our Voice for Healing and Transformation," from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Gios Building (formerly Headwaters), 84 Fourth St., Ashland.

Tickets for Stillwater's show cost $20 in advance and are available at Music Coop in Ashland, or by calling 541-535-3562.

Tickets at the door will cost $22, $10 for ages 12 through 17. Ages 11 and younger will be admitted free.

The workshop costs $30, and registration is available at or by calling 541-535-3562.

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