The Israeli and Palestinian fighting in Gaza and beyond.

23 07 2014

Endless violence until both sides will learn the full history of why the other is there on the same piece of land and realize that they are both an expression of ONE source. Until then more bloodshed, more tragedy and more pain. We know the face of war, here is the face of peace: 

 





The story behind the brillant cover of Yuval Ron’s new book: Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom

7 07 2014

I hope you are all excited about my new book! There are many aspects of the book that have a purpose and special meaning to me, one of those being the cover.

We tried many images as the front cover image, from renaissance paintings of angel musicians, to old drawings and painting of musicians in Middle Eastern settings, but none of the images felt right or perfectly expressed the complexity of the book. Then came in the visual artist, Justyn Zolli, who did an incredible job creating an original image and helped solved this issue.

The Oud in his image is actually a representation of my first Oud, which I bought from a Bedouin in the Sinai Desert many years ago. I ended up recording my album “One” (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuval2) on this same dune in the desert where I found my first Oud. The Oud image symbolizes music, the musician, the artist, and the author. The tuning pegs of the Oud begin a winding path leading upwards toward the round Moon, which represent the perfect Absolute, the Divine, and the Great Mystery of the Source of Life.

The book has many of the stories that I tell in my concerts, workshops and retreats. Many of these are old legends from the East, some come from Judaism, others from Sufi sources, and a few from Christian sources. Some of the stories are based on my experiences traveling the world as a peace warrior and a troubadour of goodwill using music to bridge opposing people around the globe.

In addition to the cover image, I do have another work of art of Justyn Zolli in my studio. In that art work he created a triad of contemplative images representing the path of a whirling dervish towards the Divine. If you are ever in Los Angeles and would like to visit us at the studio to see these images up on our wall, please do email us at info@yuvalronmusic.com and we will set something up pending our production schedule.

It was a pleasure to work with Justyn on the cover image for Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom. You are invited to check out his work at: http://justynzolli-visualartist.com/

If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of the new book, you can do so here: http://www.theoracleinstitute.org/DivineAttunement

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“Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom,” A New Book by Yuval Ron about Music and Spirituality

26 06 2014

I am very excited to announce the release of my new book, Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom!

Music is the language of the soul and sacred sound has the power to transform our lives! Based on collaborations with Zen Buddhist masters, Gnostic Christians, Sufi mystics, and Jewish Kabbalists, Divine Attunement provides a fascinating window into the world of ecstatic sound and ritual movement. Through wisdom parables, essays, and rare personal reflections, the secrets of sacred music mystically transform and guide us toward personal growth and joy.

Throughout my career, I never really considered writing my own book until some students from a school I lectured at wrote to me asking if I had one. They offered to record and transcribe many of my lectures, which they sent to me. After much editing, I really found enjoyment in the process of reflecting on my own ideas. It was a process similar to writing music, each word a note in the symphony of the story I want to tell. It was a very eye-opening and enjoyable experience!

If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so at this website:

http://www.theoracleinstitute.org/DivineAttunement

I hope that you enjoy reading this book as much as I did writing it, and that it brings you closer to the Divine!Image

 





Everywhere Nowhere: Music for LAX Album Released June 1st 2014

10 06 2014

It is always a great joy, along with deep feelings of wonder and excitement that accompanies the arrival of a new baby on this Earth. It is a moment of celebration, the beginning of a journey; a new set vibrations, a new expression of light and renewed hope. It is the same with a new release of music. This week we are celebrating the release of a new CD with the original score I composed for the celebration of the new international terminal of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it is called: Everywhere Nowhere: Music for LAX. It was just released June 1st 2014.

The music on this album was first premiered as part of a multimedia art installation commissioned by director, choreographer, and producer, Sarah Elgart for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). There were dancers on genie lifts, on the sidewalks, coming out of limousines, dancing on tricycles; film projections over the terminals of LAX; and a powerful new music score paying homage to every community in Los Angeles… what a spectacular show! 

If you did not have an opportunity to see the original performance, you may see some highlights here:

When writing the music for this project, I was deeply inspired by the energies found throughout the greater Los Angeles area and LAX. Whenever my journeys take me through LAX, I am always struck by two different sets of energies. At times I have been swept up in the bustling crowds of travelers moving through airport terminals. At other times, I have felt aloof watching these same crowds pass by as I wait for my flights.

Similarly, in my journeys throughout Los Angeles, I am struck by a similar set of energies. Often when I walk about the city, there are musicians, entertainers, and dancers performing. Sometimes this happens in light of holidays and other special occasions. At other times, I find myself in places of peace and calm where I can gaze at incredible views of the skyline. I wanted to capture these feelings in my music.

I incorporated elements of urban hip-hop, Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western-Classical influences into a constantly evolving soundscape. At times the music expresses moments of solitude and intimacy as if alone in the airport or watching the LA skyline. In other moments the music captures the bustling environment of crowded terminals and LA street performers with energetic dance grooves. The result is a collection of music that is at times infectiously upbeat and other times meditative and calming.

See an example of what it sounds like and the sights that inspired the music here:

I would like to once again thank Sarah Elgart whom it was a pleasure collaborating with, the staff of the Los Angeles World Airports at LAX, the good people of the Los Angeles Cultural Affair department, and the wonderful musicians who contributed to the album. 

I hope you will join me in sharing this journey through the sometimes lively, sometimes meditative realm of LAX. To listen to the music from this CD, please feel free to explore the links below:

You may purchase the CD here:

http://yuvalronmusic.com/cds-and-dvds/#everywherenowhere

And find more of my works here:

http://yuvalronmusic.com/cds-and-dvds/ 

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28 05 2014

This Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Los Angeles, the Yuval Ron Ensemble will be premiering a new concert program: “The Rose Garden of Peace.” I am so very excited for this program!

 

This concert will feature soulful music of the Middle-East, the poetry and stories of Persia’s mystic Sufi poet Hafiz, and sacred Hebrew Kabalistic Dance based on the mystical teachings of the Hebrew letters. Also we will have the world premiere of my new song, “Lay Down Your Vow,” http://www.yuvalronmusic.com/seven-pillars/ based on the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom vision of Pir Zia Inayat-Khan of the Sufi Order International.

 

This special new concert program bring together a unique union of Jewish and Persian cultures that is something that we find very little in our beautiful, yet troubled world today.  I am so very happy to be part of this coming together of cultures, and hope that it helps bring down the ethnic boundaries.

 

A quote of the Sufi Persian poet Hafiz that has inspired me in the preparation for this special concert in Los Angeles goes as follows: “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth ‘you owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that; it lights the whole sky.”

 

If you would like to see more information about the event, or purchase tickets, you can do so at the following links:

 

http://yuvalronmusic.com/rosegarden.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/644246485640732/

 

If you are unable to attend and would still like to see this concert, you could bring this new concert program to your home town! Please contact our booking agent to discuss the possibilities for that:

Rachel Cohen,

Tel: 310-838-0849

Email:

rachel@cadencearts.com

 

I look forward to seeing all of you there!    





Seeking meaning and truth in Esalen

21 11 2013

Arriving in Esalen Institute is like landing in a picture perfect of the Garden of Eden! The farm and gardens are even more beautiful than during last August when I was here last time. Being alone, I got to eat quietly seating on the grass looking over the blue waves of Pacific Ocean. Esalen is possibly the most well known and respected center for self development and spiritual growth. Interested people and pioneer master teachers from all over the world have been drowned to come here for the last 50 years!

I am teaching a seminar on Mysticism of Music and working on my book focused on music, spirituality and promoting peace. What a great setting for introspective work and for writing!

I am eating my dinner slowly, and truly enjoying every bite. This food tastes stronger and healthier than any other food I have ever eaten! Being alone I could really feel every nuance in this food, freshly picked up from the earth just few hours ago by the good people who farm this rich land. I smell the salty clean ocean air. It is so good. This is paradise!

Few days later, my workshops are so well received that I have been invited to come again and teach here for a whole month next year. I hope we will work it out.

I love my students – all seekers of meaning and truth – and I feel so much love and appreciation coming out of them. They are beautiful people. Some of them work in the farm during the day and study with me at night. The spiritual teaching is in nature and in the earth. The work is not only done in the classroom during the seminar, but it also continues beyond the classroom as the seekers work the earth and service in the kitchen in the magnificent land of Esalen.

The stillness, quiet and disconnection from the outside world allow time to truly appreciate the beauty surrounding us such as the flowers, the skies and the birds, and this experience is intensified at Esalen. This is a place to look deeply, to see and enjoy the natural beauty of the world. It is a place that pulls inward, as the ocean and the constant sound of waves are providing a constant hypnotic soundtrack. It is a very good place to work on my book, isolated from the world, the routine and the daily chores. I will be back here for another teaching seminar open for the public during March 16-21, 2014 to teach about Sacred Sound, Meditation and Dance to Change your Brain and Transform Your Life. A five day intensive exploring the introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, early contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. A fascinating seminar! you can read more about it here:  http://www.esalen.org/workshop/week-march-16-21/sacred-sound-meditation-and-dance-change-your-brain-and-transform-your

I hope to see you too at Esalen sometime in the future!

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Healing and Transforming Consciousness Through Sacred Sound, Music and Dance

30 10 2013

This march I will be coming to Boulder, CO, to Shambahlla, finally! Over the last 20 years I have met so many people, specifically people who graduated from Naropa Institute who were compelled to comment on how much my work belongs there, in Boulder, CO. The seminar that I will be leading at Shambahlla Mountain Center is based on my work with master spiritual teachers of the East and neuroscientists of the West. Through my collaborations with such masters such as Pri Zia Inayat Khan – the head of the Sufi Order International, and brain researcher Mark Robert Waldman who wrote the best seller How God Changes Your Brain, I will be taking the participants through an incredible journey into their inner world,  providing them with a rare perspective into the worlds of Zen Buddhist masters, mystic Sufi leaders, Kabbalistic rabbis, leading neuroscientists, and scholars of the mysticism of Christianity. In this seminar that will take place on  March 28-30 2014, at Shambhala Mountain Center (For more information, registration or to request a free catalog: http://www.shambhalamountain.org | (888) 788-7221) we will experience introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, early contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. Drawing from the hidden wisdom of the Eastern  traditions of sacred music chanting, movement, and spiritual mindfulness practices I expect we will have a life transforming weekend at Shambahlla. These practices have been shown to alter the structure and function of the brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and social awareness. These practices also overcome the neural mechanisms that generate stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.

In each session we will focus on a different tradition, and sessions will demonstrate the deep commonality and love for life and humanity reflected in these spiritual practices. I like to emphasize that these kind of seminars are experiential, and will not be lecture-based. The focus is on providing a deep spiritual healing experience, including walking, sacred movement, ecstatic chanting meditations, storytelling, and poetry.

The night before the retreat, on Thursday evening March 27 at 8pm I will be giving a special intimate concert in Boulder celebrating the divine Sufi poetry of Hafiz and Rumi  along with sacred Hebrew music of the Middle East. It will be a unique program as with me ons stage will be my wife Carolyne and my daughter Silan playing harmonium and violin plus one of Boulder best percussionist Ms Kathleen McLellan. I hope you will be able to join us for these exciting events in Boulder at the end of March.

Peace be with you
Yuval Ron







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