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Thursday, September 11, 2008

sacred sounds in the city

while trying to figure out which class to take earlier this evening, i came across this invite from shelley williams at the pilates room and yoga lounge in hermosa beach:

Join us for Candlelight Yoga with Live Music!
Thursday September 11th @ 6:30pm
Ibrahim Boro joins us once more to grace us with his soulful sounds tonight for Candlelight Yoga Level 1-2. Please come early to get your spot and share in a shakti-filled practice. Come and enjoy a juicy mix of music, yoga, and prana!

live music! how could i turn that down?

so while the room gradually dimmed as the evening progressed from sundown to night, ibrahim gently strummed his guitar as shelley led our class through a luscious slow flow. yum!

after class ended, shelley announced that ibrahim and many other afro-cuban musicians would be performing this sunday at the music of latin american art in long beach, as part of the world festival of sacred music.

the festival organizers have done a great job of placing the glossy multi-page event brochures in many of the yoga studios around town; if you haven't picked one up yet nor have had a chance to leaf through it, here's a heads-up on all the wonderful sounds that will be surrounding the city for the next two weeks:

The World Festival of Sacred Music is founded on the belief that sacred music has the ability to bring forth our shared human values of peace, understanding, and respect for all living things. The Festival is not a commercial venture, nor does it promote or endorse any political or religious agenda. Offering an alternative, community-oriented model to the corporate values that dominate the entertainment culture of Los Angeles, the Festival provides opportunities for people to come together and investigate issues of tolerance and diversity within our complex, urban environment.

Saturday, September 13th

7 pm Opening Gala Concert with:
- Chirgilchin Tuva
- Waldemar Bastos Angola
- Lian Ensemble USA
- Rupayan India
- Emiko Susilo Indonesia
- Rob Levit USA
UCLA Royce Hall, 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles
$55, $45, $35, $20 (student)

10 am - 6 pm Songs for the Fall Equinox - Music and dance of the indigenous people of the western hemisphere
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Rd., La Cañada
Suggested donation $5

Sunday, September 14th

11 am - 5 pm Songs for the Fall Equinox - Music and dance of the indigenous people of the western hemisphere
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Rd., La Cañada
Suggested donation $5

1 - 5 pm Canciones del Alma (Songs of the Soul) - Target Free Sundays at MOLAA
Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
FREE Open Seating in the outdoor theater and sculpture garden

2 pm The Arroyo Arts Collective Presents: The Music & Shadows of Bali
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles

2 pm From the Sea to the Sky - Music from Indonesia, Tibet and USA
Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena
$10 Museum members; $12 General Public (Includes admission to all Galleries)

2 pm A Concert for Peace in Darfur - Michael Fitzpatrick and Cantor Caren Glasser
Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills
$18.00 - proceeds to benefit Darfur

4 pm Rhythms for Peace - Yeh Dede (Make a Joyful Noise)
St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana
Freewill Offering

Monday, September 15th

8 pm Masar Wa Nisae – the Woman's Path - Music of Northern Morocco's Arab, Jewish and Berber women
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 16th

8 pm Salam Yatra - a Journey of peace through the music and dance of the Middle East and India
Nate Holden Theater, 4718 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles
$20 students, $25 general, $40 reserved

Wednesday, September 17th

8 pm Love Prayers on Tanbour - Mystical Music in the spirit of sufism featuring Heyraneh with Christo Pellani & Jamie Papish
Earth & Sky Lodge, 5521 S. Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles
$25 Pre-sale, $30 at Door (Seating is very limited)

Thursday, September 18th

6:30 pm Mamak Khadem and Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico - 1st & Central Summer Concerts
Japanese American National Museum, 369 East 1st Street, Los Angeles

8 pm Sounds of the Mediterranean and Beyond - The Stefani Valadez Ensemble, Ist West Ensemble and The Ava Nahas Percussion Trio
Murphy Recital Hall at Loyola Marymount University, One LMU Drive, Los Angeles
$20 Pre-sale, $25 at the Door (Seating is very limited)

Friday, September 19th

8 pm Tarang (waves of sound) - Abhijit Banerjee Ensemble & Kenny Endo
Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts - Whittier College, 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier
$20 General; $10 Students & Seniors

8 pm Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity) - Conceived by artist and zen archer Hirokazu Kosaka
Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles
$25 General admission; $20 Students, Seniors and JACCC members

Saturday, September 20th

1 - 5 pm Sacred Waters, Waters of Life - Workshop led by Viver Brasil
18th Street Arts Center Gallery, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica
$10. Tickets purchased at the door

2 pm One World Many Voices - Three choirs, three musical cultures, one enthralling evening: Zhena Folk Chorus, Philippine Chamber Singers, and Capella Gloriana
Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street. San Pedro
$15 General admission, $10 to Students and Senior Citizens.

6 pm Embellishments & Ornamentations - Explorations in “singing-style” North Indian violin
Rancho Cordillera Del Norte, 9015 Wilbur Avenue, Northridge
Non Members: $25, Members: $20, Students: $15

8 pm Jugalbandi Ensemble of Indian Music - Calcutta to California
USC Taper Hall of Humanities, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles
$25/12 students (USC students FREE)

8 pm Voices of the Way - Three Performance Works Inspired by Writings of Brecht, Lao Tse, Padmasabhava, & Gregory I
Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University, One LMU Drive, Los Angeles
General Admission $15; Students & Seniors $10

8:30 pm-1 am The Rhythm of Axé - Celebrating the Music, Dance of West Africa, Brazil, Cuba with Shaman’s Dream World Groove Ensemble & Master Guest Performers
Blankenship Ballet of Venice, 132 Brooks Avenue, Venice
$25 in advance / $35 at the door

Sunday, September 21st

8 am, 10 am, 12 noon Every Time I Feel the Spirit - Gospel Music at the Historic First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles
First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles
Freewill Offering

1 - 7 pm Global Mala - Sacred Movement and Music
Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles

3 pm ALOUD at Central Library presents: "The Vision Songs" of the Shakers - Performed by The Shakers n’ Bakers
Mark Taper Auditorium - Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles
$7.00 general admission, cash only payable at the door. Free to Library Associates

4 pm We Sing Together: Sowing Seeds of Peace with Harmony - Songs of the African American and Balkan traditions
Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
$20/$15 students

6 pm Emerging Voices - Dance of Devotion from India and Hawaii
James Armstrong Theater, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
$25 reserved; $15 student

7 pm Los Angeles Electric 8 - Music on Electric Guitars by Bach, Messiaen, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Villa-Lobos and others
Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
$15 general admission. $10 seniors and students. Armory Members free

8 pm Adorations - Dance of Divine Love in India and Spain
The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles
$30.00; $25.00 for DRC members.

Monday, September 22nd

8 pm - 1 am Soulular Memory… the Reconnect - Urban Musical Mysticism
Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Tuesday, September 23rd

7 pm Where Everything is Music: the Liän Ensemble - a meeting of mystical Persian music and contemporary jazz
Wayfarers Chapel , 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes
$22 includes reception

Wednesday, September 24th

8:30 pm The Escape Artist - A concert version of the opera “The Escape Artist” by Robert Een, with the International Mystical All-Star Band
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles
$20 general, $16 Students

Thursday, September 25th

8 pm Seeker of Truth - An evening of Sufi music from Turkey and Pakistan with The Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring Najwa Gibran and Whirling Dervish Aziz with special guest Qawwali master vocalist Sukhawat Ali Khan
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles
$25 General, $20 Skirball Members, $15 Students

Friday, September 26th

6:45 pm Intersections of Sound and Space - String Theory at the Fowler Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095
FREE; open seating; no reservations required.

7 pm Faith Across the City & Across Generations - A Celebration of Gospel Music
Mayfield Senior School , 500 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena

7:30 pm Chirgilchin - Master Throat Singers from Tuva
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center
$20; $15 students/seniors.

7:30 pm Guardians of Sound and Spirit - Lesa Terry and the Women’s Jazz Orchestra
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica
FREE admission, donation appreciated

8 pm Indian Classical Masters - A Duet with Kartik Seshadri and Rajeev Taranath
Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City
$20 in advance / $25 at the door

8:30 pm Anatta - New Works by Amy Knoles, Bob Bellerue, Michael Sakamoto, and Waewdao Sirisook
Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica
$20 general, $15 student/senior

Saturday, September 27th

7:30 pm Enzo Avitabile - The Sacro Sud Project
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center
$20; $15 students/seniors.

7:30 pm The Way to Peace: Peace is the Way - World Poets with the Tony Khalife Group & Unity Nguyen Ensemble
World Peace Ikeda Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Bvd., Santa Monica
$25 general, $15 students, $50 sponsors

8 pm Mystical Music Ancient and New - Suzanne Teng and Prince Diabaté
Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park
$15 / $10 students and seniors

8:30 pm Anatta - New Works by Amy Knoles, Bob Bellerue, Michael Sakamoto, and Waewdao Sirisook
Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica
$20 general, $15 student/senior

Sunday, September 28th

3 pm - Sundown Honoring the Sea: Festival Closing Ceremony
Santa Monica Beach at the end of Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica
FREE and outdoors.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am teaching this week at Omega in NY state. And everyone I'm teaching is a stranger to me. One of the students asked if he could play his flute at the end of class today, and I said sure. It was so amazing to have even just a little live music. Just think - not long ago, *all* music was live music. Today, it's just the opposite - most of the music that you listen to is recorded.
It's truly a blessing, especially in an open heart space like yoga class.

6:47 AM  
Blogger joni said...

that's wonderful -- maybe this will inspire more students to share their musical talents with your class!

8:09 AM  

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