VIDEO: Crystal sounds, Middle Eastern musican magic: superb gong show in Duncan

David Hickey moves towards the conclusion of his show, having worked his way around all the instruments behind him. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Using soft mallets on the gongs, David Hickey keeps the sound vibrating around the Duncan Showroom. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Playing a Persian santoor and a mouth organ, David Hickey begins the first part of his ‘Crystal Journey’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
David Hickey plays a Persian santoor and a crystal singing bowl in his ‘Crystal Journey’ performance. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A beautiful combination of sound and light, ‘Crystal Journey’ showcases the talents of David Hickey. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The superb Paiste gongs each reverberate to a special tone, and combined they produce an other worldly sound. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A mouth organ, a Persian santoor, and a singing bowl plus musician David Hicket = a crystal journey. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
David Hickey plays several instruments at one time during his Duncan show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

It was a return to the days of Psychedelia at the Duncan Garage Showroom Saturday night, Sept. 7.

David Hickey was in town, bringing his Crystal Journey show to the stage, and that meant a fantasy trip.

On a stage hung with tie-dye and banners redolent of the 1960s, and dressed himself in a tie-dye T-shirt, Hickey played Paiste planet and symphonic gongs: amazing huge metal disks that seem, when struck with soft, fluffy looking mallets, to make the whole room vibrate. Each gong is tuned to a strong fundamental note in a natural harmonic series.

He also performed on Persian santoors: trapezoid percussion instruments that are played by a seated musician striking the keys with long-handled metal spoons, like a hammered dulcimer. The santoor is ancient, dating back to Babylon, and is still the national instrument of Iran today.

In addition, Hickey swirled sticks around crystal singing bowls of different sizes, adding their other-worldly vibrations to the overall atmosphere.

The resulting soundscape gave each listener the feeling that they were a single note in a huge chord, vibrating around the universe: astonishing, and assuredly the reason Hickey regularly tours Canada and the U.S. with his uniqe presentation.

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