BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Over the span of two months, composer and pianist Murrary Hidary will be bringing his MindTravel SilentHike, to 21 cities across the United States. His initiative is to bring peace of mind to the typically fast moving person through music and nature. August 3, he stopped at Niagara Falls. His fifth stop of the tour.
During this 2 month tour, Hidary is creating a unique experience. One that is individual, yet communal. Each hiker is given a pair of headphones and is suddenly immersed in the sounds of piano keys.
"The music is being sent right to them. My voice is going to every single person," Hidary said. "But at the same time, they look around and see all these other people also having their own alone time."
This goal of the soundtrack is to brings both tranquility and a cinematic experience.
"The music acts as a soundtrack through this landscape, as if we were walking through a movie," Hidary said.
The silent and shared experience of the silent disco like event originally began indoors. But, with time Hidary switched his initiative, because he believed there was something inspiring about nature.
"There's nothing more powerful than nature," Hidary said. "It's so inspiring...and research shows that music and meditation reduce stress and anxiety. If we pair that with hiking, then we are helping both our mental health and our physical health."
All the music heard during the SilentHike is composed by Hidary himself and at the end of the tour, each hiker is able to purchases an hours long playlist filled with his music.
The next stop on his tour is Toronto. To find out where he is after that, go to his website.