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Les Deuxluxes | Gurdeep Pandher | Bhangra | Diable du printemps

Les Deuxluxes | Gurdeep Pandher | Anna Frances Meyer et Étienne Barry | Bhangra | Diable du printemps

[English/Punjabi Follows]
Les Deuxluxes et Gurdeep Pandher ont décidé de mélanger danse punjabi Bhangra et musique franco-canadienne. ‎Les Deuxluxes est un band Rock’n’Roll de deux membres (Anna Frances Meyer et Étienne Barry) originaires de Montréal (Québec). Gurdeep Pandher est un auteur et artiste de Bhangra basé à Whitehorse (Yukon). Ensemble, ils ont décidé de combiner leurs arts pour créer une superbe fusion punjabi-québécoise et ainsi rassembler deux cultures canadiennes ensemble. Le Bhangra est une danse populaire originaire du Penjab et est aussi partie intégrante de la culture Sikh. Filmé à Whitehorse, Gurdeep Pandher danse le Bhangra sur la chanson francophone “Diable du printemps”.
Les Deuxluxes and Gurdeep Pandher blended Punjabi bhangra dance and French Canadian music together. Les Deuxluxes is a Rock’n’Roll two-people band (Anna Frances Meyer and Étienne Barry) from Montréal (Québec). Gurdeep Pandher is a Whitehorse (Yukon) based Bhangra artist and an author. They decided together to combine their arts to create a wonderful Punjabi-Quebecer fusion and bring Canadian cultures together. Bhangra is a folk-dance of Punjab and a great part of the Sikh culture. Filmed in Whitehorse (Yukon), Gurdeep Pandher danced Bhangra to the song “Diable du printemps”, which is a Les Deuxluxes rock song in French language.
ਕੈਨਡਾ ਭਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਲੋਕ-ਨਾਚ ਭੰਗੜੇ ਦੇ ਪਸਾਰ ਲਈ ਫਰਾਂਸੀਸੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਪੰਜਾਬੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਸਾਂਝਾਂ ਉੱਦਮ। ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਦੇ ਕਿਊਬਿਕ ਸੂਬੇ ਤੋਂ ਮੌਂਟਰੀਅਲ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਦੇ ਮਸ਼ਹੂਰ ਸੰਗੀਤਕ ਗਰੁੱਪ “Les Deuxluxes” ਅਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੀਪ ਪੰਧੇਰ ਨੇ ਇਹ ਵੀਡੀਓ ਰਲ਼ ਕੇ ਬਣਾਈ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਵੀਡੀਓ ਦਾ ਨਿਰਮਾਣ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਯੂਕੋਨ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੇ ਵਾਈਟਹੋਰਸ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ। ਫਰੈਂਚ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਗਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਜੋੜੇ ਅਨਾ ਫਰਾਂਸਿਸ ਮੇਯਰ ਅਤੇ ਏਤੀਆਨੇ ਬਾਰੀ ਮਸ਼ਹੂਰ “Les Deuxluxes” ਗਰੁੱਪ ਦੇ ਕਰਤਾ-ਧਰਤਾ ਹਨ। ਗੁਰਦੀਪ ਪੰਧੇਰ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਦੇ ਵਾਈਟਹੋਰਸ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਰਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ।
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Introducing My “The Nest of The Heart” VEVO Video

My new video, “The Nest of The Heart”, is all about showcasing my most meaningful memories…

Dear Friends,

Today, I have released my long-awaited video, “The Nest of the Heart”, on VEVO. This is an art video which is based on my poetry. In this video, I sing my verses and act them out in order to give them more richness and dimension.

My video project is centered on memories. These memories evoke plenty of emotions, both positive and negative. We all have our own memories, some of which make us cry and others which make us smile. The happiest memories are the kinds which bring warmth to our hearts, even in the dead of winter. For example, the memory of a loved one, memories of parents or siblings, memories of school days, memories of childhood friends and memories of special places all reside in our souls and leave an indelible imprint. These golden memories are priceless reminders of how good life can be…

Letting go of sad memories is part of personal growth and I touch on this in my video. Sometimes, we need to put our emotional baggage aside, even though this can be difficult to do. In order to move forward, we need to focus on positive memories which fuel our creativity, happy energy and gratitude. Without positive memories in the forefronts of our minds, it’s harder to be happy, and this is why we all need to find the strength to push negative memories into the shadows…

This video is a compilation of memories which have been transformed into a poem. I sing this poem with feeling and sincerity, in the hopes that it will become special to you, too.

Here is the English translation of my poem, which was written originally in Punjabi:-

The memories nursed in the nest of the heart
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

With gentle self-strokes, I softened my pain
And blew out all of my burning contemplations
Because firewood of thoughts, I had lit up in my mind
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

Even numb cold moments give a soothing heat
When warm teardrops plaster my cheeks
Then brooks of longing flow from the creeks
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

I always cherish silk-like velvety dreams
Then serve tears to my body from the salver of my eyes
In this way, I have spent all of my lifetime
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

The memories nursed in the nest of the heart
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

This compilation is the product of years of effort. I wrote the poem back in 2011 and then recorded it during 2012. Born in New Zealand and California (US) settler Geoff Maddock put a lot of energy in composing sweet music for my poem. At this point, I began to develop the concept of creating a video based on my poem. Now, it’s 2015 and I’ve brought my concept to fruition.

The video is professional and it’s designed to help me express myself in a whole new format…

During May of 2015, I began to map out the storyline. As I recited my poem to myself, the storyline seemed to appear in my mind. This “flash of inspiration” made me feel wonderful! In fact, it really moved me and I’m hoping that the finished video will move you as well!

During the spring, I connected with a professional video crew in Vancouver (Canada). I knew these experts would be able to help me bring my vision for my poem into the video realm. So, I discussed my poem and vision with Rusty and Bradley. Both men are very passionate about their work and I knew that they would help me to make my video the best that it could be. To complete the team, highly creative Carver Langdon was brought in as director.

Next, we auditioned child actors in order to play parts in the video. In time, the team narrowed the search, by focusing on the Snow siblings – Brayden Snow and Kayzhia Snow. Both kids are great actors and they have the sense of innocence and positive energy that our team was looking for.

We talked a lot with our young actors while liaising as a group. Once everyone was on the same page, we scheduled filming. We spent one day shooting the child actors (and me). On the second day, I performed alone.

We needed to do editing as the initial video footage spanned hours. I chose to take on the task of editing and put painstaking attention to detail into this important task. In addition to editing, I “colour-graded” the video in order to give it just the right visual impact! Vancouver-based author Heather Matthews deserves my spacial thanks for editing my texts and offering creative suggestions. I am also thankful to Angelika Hackett, Ray Zschau, and Lizzie Calvert for their timely support. A long list of many other names is in my heart.

By October of 2015, my video was ready to be published.

At this point, we scheduled a premiere of the video, for selected viewers only. This premiere took place on the 24th of October, 2015. We gathered friends at the Old Firehall in Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) and let them see the video!

Our first viewers were so kind and positive and they had so many good things to say about the video. This was very heartening, as we knew that we had produced something meaningful.

Some of my friends like Todd Pilgrim, Tamara Goeppel, Emma Barr, Alina Dragomir, and Erin Sanderson recorded their impressions of the video and they were so gracious in terms of expressing their honest opinions. Of course, one expects some negative feedback of a new creative project! However, opinions which were expressed were not negative at all.

Suffice it to say that these video reviews boosted the team’s confidence and we are so grateful for them!

Next, I thought about platform – which video-sharing network would be best for this video? After vetting a range of platforms, I settled on VEVO. It was all about finding a platform which is dependable and which allows for maximum outreach to friends and strangers alike.

I want to thank my team for their hard work and their great communication, as well as their artistry. This project was a labour of love and it was a fine collaboration between cameraman, director, actors, music composer and make-up artist.

VEVO released my video today. I hope that you will watch it and then leave a comment.

Please click here to watch my video!

Gurdeep Pandher

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Let life be musical

Multiple studies have shown that playing a musical instrument slows down brain aging and leads to higher performance in work and school. Music combines creative expression with motor skills, making it the perfect hobby. So what’s stopping you from learning a new instrument to fill in your spare time and keep your brain active? All it takes is picking and buying an instrument, finding a qualified instructor, and taking the time to practice and hone your new skill.

First, you must select the instrument you want to learn. Consider the types of music you listen to and the instruments you enjoy the sound of. Do not take heed of what the ‘popular’ instruments are or what the people around you play. Music is highly personal. Once you have decided what you want to play, it’s time to go out and purchase it. If you know you will only be playing for a short time, you can also rent the instrument. No matter what, make sure you pick a reliable provider and purchase an instrument of good quality. Don’t hesitate to ask the professionals at the store for advice.

Next, it’s time to find a teacher. Online sites like Craigslist, newspapers, and ads are all good places to find a qualified instructor. Even better, ask your friends for recommendations. Also, make sure you compare the prices, and the level of experience each teacher has. Remember that the higher the level you are at, the higher the cost of a lesson. Make sure the instructor you choose is experienced, and has a good reputation. If you choose to go the cheapest route, you may find yourself taking low quality lessons that waste your time.

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, so take time out of your day to play your instrument. You won’t advance very fast if lessons are the only time you take to play. Depending on your level, you should take at least half an hour out of every day to practice. If you reach an advanced level, the time you spend will greatly increase, so be sure you can keep up with the commitment. During your session, play the repertoire as well as the technical requirements like the scales. A wide variety of pieces to play will prevent boredom.

No matter what you choose to do with the skills you gain, there is no doubt you will cherish the musical memories you make for life.

Wordography: Gurdeep Pandher
Photography: Minerva Studio
Music: David Hollandsworth