“Music is a language, and I have been speaking it since I was three years old.”
Hello! And welcome.
My name is Clarence Dow, and I am a classically trained turned renegade cellist, husband, teacher, aspiring bhakti yogi and recovering perfectionist.
I believe music is a lifestyle and a medium for total authenticity. My goal is to offer, reveal and invite others to make use of my tools and experience, my ideas and my open heart through the power of presence and play.
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It is my passion to share my gifts as a soulfully mad musician. Music is a language, and I have been speaking it since I was three years old. As a young cellist, despite receiving some of the best classical training in the world, I was not given the tools to integrate and ground the experience of making music. To be a musician is to be a channel for palpable ideas, thoughts and feelings; to be a conduit for the intentions and visions of others; to communicate and co-create.
“It is my passion to share my gifts
as a soulfully mad musician.”
Playing the cello was one of the only things that brought my parents together in the same place at the same time. The cello became fused with my sense of self, covering a deep wound that continued to fester. Every time I played, the sound would disturb the façade that covered my unhealed childhood trauma. Raw and frightening emotions often came up, so I continued to retreat further and further.
My turning point was when I met a teacher who could hold the space for me to be me without trying to change who I was to plug me into a system. His pedagogical approach changed my life forever. Instead of trying to put things inside his students, he sought to draw out what he believed they already had inside of them. Dr. Page’s faith in the goodness of people and the power of spirit inspired me to examine what was underneath cello. What I found was a spiritual path on which I continue to walk.
Accompanying years of training in conscious communication, emotional empowerment, meditation and the martial arts, my relationship to music and myself began to undergo a radical transformation. I also started to collaborate with artists outside the classical world, composed, learned new instruments, improved and put my poetry to song. I took risks. Things that were once hard and cold around my heart started moving, and the more I opened up and expressed myself from a place of curiosity and wonder, the easier it became.
“It is my heartfelt desire to work with others who want to tune in to their own power and play with presence.”
As I continued to develop a style rooted in a holistic approach towards the creative process, the demons of my childhood one by one came out of the shadows. My music became the light shining on the stage of my life, welcoming these feelings from my past and allowing them to be free. Watching them go, I began to witness the deeper meaning of play.
When I didn’t have the tools to act from the heart and cultivate a lifestyle of empowerment, I never felt I was at 100%. Now I am fully invested in my music career by playing and recording inspirational music, leading workshops and teaching. It is my heartfelt desire to work with others who want to tune in to their own power and play with presence.