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Ventura Center for Spiritual Living is blessed with a wide range of professional musicians who visit each week. All of our musicians are well known in many other spiritual centers. In addition, Ventura Center for Spiritual Living has a choir. All are welcome to join in the singing and the fun! Our soloists and choir are supported by our VCSL house band. Our music is certain to inspire and uplift you!
Music for Rex has been a part of a very mysterious life of service to spirit. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley with a hyper sensitive audibly palpable intuition. After high school, he moved to the big island of Hawaii in 1978. While there for 23 years, Rex studied many healing wonders with a few wise old Hawaiian Kahunas and Nature that led to his personal road of healing and music's connection with love and everything. Rex's father, Roy, was also a musician and had a drum and percussion store in Hollywood from 1957 till 1997, "Drum City".
Rex's creative work, or his life process, is a flow of personal growth and his offerings of service through what comes naturally to him. Metaphysical consulting with mystical teachers has kept him busy for years, without ever advertising, as many have asked for guidance with developing clearer communication with their own personal unseen help that they already acknowledge, and thank regularly.
Rex enjoys helping others expand their inner resources. He still does a few private sessions a month, doing what he calls "metaphysical consulting of a beautiful kind". Rex lives a humble and magically thrilling life! He has been blessed with beautiful opportunities to play music with some great enchanted musicians throughout the years - some nearby and some not physically alive anymore, but still very much alive. To mention a few still here on earth that he always looks forward to playing with - Bob Selvin, Woody De Marco, Jon Crosse, Bob Mortensen, and David Parlato. Extra Love and gratitude to his passed away favorites - the late, great Bob Harrington, Glenn Willis, Archie Grant, Jimmy Wyble, Harry Babasin and his dear old dad, Roy Harte.
Long ago, Rex chose to live his life magically every day with overflowing gratitude. This outlook has truly worked for him. He is so grateful for his beautiful wife, Beverly, and his great 26 year old son, Michael, from his first marriage. Rex is consciously feeling grateful in every moment, and in this moment, thanking God, Goddess, and "The All That Is" for so many opportunities to love, heal, grow, inspire, learn and give.
David Parlato, bassist, composer, educator, was born and raised in a musical family in Los Angeles, California. Taking after his father, he began his musical life as a trumpet player. At age nineteen, he began to play the bass. He studied classical double bass with Nathaniel Gangursky and jazz bass with Monty Budwig.
As a free-lance musician in Los Angeles, he was very active in all facets of the music business
(recording, live television, concert and club dates). He also began a gratifying teaching career taking on private students on both electric and acoustic bass.
David has performed and recorded with such popular artists as Barbra Streisand, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Helen Reddy, Burt Bacharach, Andy Williams, Peter Allen, Jerry Lee Lewis, Glen Campbell, Liza Minelli, Paul Williams and Frank Zappa. He has worked with numerous jazz artists including Don Ellis, Bud Shank, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, John Klemmer, Frank Strazerri, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Kenny Davern, Gabor Szabo, Paul Horn, Shelly Manne, Frank Morgan, Herb Ellis, Doug Lawrence, Mose Allison, Greg Abate, Roger Kellaway and Buddy Rich.
Chris Kimbler has played piano professionally for many, many years. He has played for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, PCPA, Actors Co-op Theatre Company, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre Company, and the Lobero Theatre, just to name a few. We are very blessed to have him play for us at VCSL every Sunday as well as for our choir rehearsals and special occasions.
Led by Mary Kerrigan & Fred McFadden.
Our choir sings at Sunday services and other events. All voices are welcome. The choir rehearses after church most Sundays at 11:30.
Jon has been a player and teacher of music for most of his life. In brief, the 1968 Ohio State graduate taught jazz in Utah, arrived in Los Angeles in '76, was on The Toni Tennille Show live TV band in '80, started touring with Paul Anka in '83, and has now been Anka's musical director since '93. When in town on Sundays, the Ventura resident is delighted to play in the VCSL band!