a look at the ground-breaking Himalayan Solar trek developed by zen monk Maarten Olthof!
A LITTLE HISTORY
i’ve been running around exploring the world through music and art (mostly music) since 2003.
nyc indie rock band circus guy was involved in a series of tours through the middle east, working with the us state department to build cultural bridges between arabs and americans. egypt, jordan, cyprus, kuwait, oman, palestinian occupied territories, moroco, syria and israel.
circus guy middle east touring band(s): 2003 - 2006 Michael Culhane - guitarist / singer T.H. Culhane - guitar and bass / singer Greg Ross - bass guitar / singer Steve Cass - drums / singer Ted Stern - violin, pedal steel guitar Anais Mitchell - guitar / singer Matt Dow - drums Peter Padua - guitar Andrew Culhane - guitar Frank Marino - drums james dean conklin - guitar
these tours turned into (very effective) environmental education projects; after the tours ended in 2006, i worked with bandmate alan bigelow to form solar punch.
exclusively solar-powered, we worked our way thru local farmer’s markets and earth day gigs, to embarking on major tours through india, haiti and nepal. we even participated in the 1st solar-powered tour of the himalayas, and performed led zeppelin’s ‘kashmir’ in kashmir!
solar punch team: 2007 - 2017 Andy Mattina - bass guitar, shruti box, ukelele Alan Bigelow - guitar, turkish banjo, flute james dean conklin - guitar, irish bouzouki Joe Mitch - drums Frank Marino - drums Matt Dow - drums, percussion, bells, bowls Aric Gutnick - tabla Eric Puente - drums Bill Gerstel - drums
day jobs limited solar punch’s tour-a-bility so as the band went on ‘pause’, i put together another group called ‘the greenheart’, with a deeper focus on connective ‘folk’ music and ‘solutions’, this group travelled several times to nepal, and even once to india, performing for school groups and in unusual public venues.
the greenheart team: 2017 - 2019 Fred Gillen Jr. - musician Julie Corbalis - musician Laura Bowman - musician james dean conklin - musician Steve Kirkman - musician Lisa Gutkin - musician
Jim Metzger - photographer Peg Taylor - painter Elisa Zazzera - composter David Zung - videographer
the team performed above and beyond all requests, and in all situations, and i'm happy we have moved the project forward.
i return to nepal this december, 2019, with my partner elisa, to connect with family and friends and enjoy the kathmandu international mountain movie festival.
james dean conklin - create, communicate, celebrate.