To celebrate the end of this exciting summer I am bringing together my full ensemble with Dervish Aziz, for another performance of ‘Seeker of Truth” (see video clip insert). This is a pioneering endeavor in bringing together the Middle Eastern and South Asian vocal and musical traditions into a new exhilarating trance-induced accord. We presented it first at the World Sacred Music in LA in 2008. The DVD and CD “Seeker of Truth” ( see Cd’s and DVD page at http://www.yuvalronmusic.com) came out of that blessed night at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. The performance was sold out and the people, and as soon as Yeghish our master of the Duduk began his introductory solo opening the first set, all of us were transformed to an earlier time in ancient lands. It was out doors at the courtyard of the Skirball Center. 700 people filled the place to a max. I remember looking up to the skies and feeling I am in another open courtyard somewhere in the Middle East in a very distant time. It was magical. It was inspiring and transforming experience. 700 strangers became brothers and sisters in the course of that event. You can see it at the end portion of clip above.
This summer 2010 I will be teaching in Mendocino Middle Eastern music and dancer Retreat. Heaven on Earth! Then I will be going to Esalen Institute in Big Sur,CA to teach a week-long seminar with leading brain researcher and writer Mark Robert Waldman. It is called Music, Spirituality and the Brain. Very interesting work!
And then we will go back to LA to celebrate the end of a summer with the “Seeker of Truth Concert. In this concert we will perform the ecstatic music of the mystical Sufi and Hebrew traditions of Middle East and Pakistan with the Whirling Dervish Aziz and the sacred dance artist Maya Karasso. The performance at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, CA will also features the soulful vocals of Maya Haddi and special guest Sukhawat Ali Khan, a master Qawwali (devotional) singer from Pakistan. I hope you will be there too!