Two Exciting Concerts of Mystical Music by the Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring Special Guests at the University of Philosophical Research on April 26th and May 7th

20 04 2015


I have recently had the great privilege of curating an ongoing series of musical performances at the University of Philosophical Research. I had originally been introduced to the University and the Society of Philosophical Research when I was scoring David Lebrun’s film, Proteus several years ago. It was during that time David visited the University’s library to shoot footage of several of their especially rare books for the film. At the time, I only had an opportunity to see David’s footage and hear his stories of the University. I was greatly intrigued that such a wonderful collection of rare texts from different wisdom traditions existed in Los Angeles. Curating this lecture series has given me an opportunity to see first hand the treasures in the University’s library. Imagine, having knowledge not from just one set of beliefs, but from many different beliefs, cultures, and traditions right at your fingertips. It is as if I had come across an ancient house of wisdom in Los Angeles!

If you would like to share this joy of learning and musical enlightenment with me, I’d like to invite you to two special upcoming concerts in the next few weeks.
On April 26th, the Yuval Ron Ensemble will perform a special program entitled, Music of the Psalms, dedicated to the creation and use of Psalms in ancient Jerusalem. We will musically explore their ancient origins and how they have been used in both ancient and contemporary settings. The concert will feature the Yuval Ron Ensemble’s own Katyanna Zoroghlian. While many of you have heard Katyanna’s soulful versions of the Ensemble’s standard repertoire, her renditions of these sacred pieces are truly magical.

On May 17th, we will perform a second special program entitled, Burning Heart dedicated to Qawwali: an ecstatic Sufi Hindu-Pakistani devotional genre of music. This concert will feature my dear friend, the very talented Sukhawat Ali Khan. Because Sukhawat lives in the Bay Area and is in high demand around the country, this is a special opportunity to see him perform with the ensemble and not to be missed!

Burning Heart will also be a wonderful introduction to the musical practices of the regions that border Rajasthan, India as well as Sufi devotional music. For those of you interested in joining my tour to Rajasthan this coming February 2016, this concert will provide you with an enticing taste of the wonders that await us.

I hope you will all join me for these two wonderful upcoming concerts. The University of Philosophical Research is a truly special place and I am already incredibly excited to once again make music in an enlightened realm of spiritual learning.

To buy tickets or learn more, you can visit the University’s Event page here:

To learn more about my upcoming tour to Rajasthan India, please visit the tour’s webpage on my website here:
Katyanna at St john


A voice that will break your heart; with Najwa Gibran on a sacred mountain retreat.

13 06 2012

This summer is going to be an incredible one! Among other things, I will be going back to one of my favorite places in America: The Abode of the Message, a paradise oasis on a sacred mountain in the beautiful countryside of upstate New York. Aside from teaching about the sacred music of the three Abrahamic faiths I will be presenting a concert on June 30 at 8 pm, featuring the Yuval Ron Ensemble leading lady, my good friend and sister Najwa Gibran. Najwa is in my humble opinion the best Arabic female voice that exists in the Western World today, and on top of that she is such a classy lady with an amazing integrity and life story. In addition to  the concert she will be sharing her experience and  her insights into the art of Arabic style singing and chanting during an exclusive workshop on the mountain. Participants who will be fortunate to attend her workshop on the June 30 (at 2 pm) will have the opportunity to learn some of Najwa’s songs, vocal ornaments and her approach to vocal improvisation. You may hear and see Najwa in concert in the video below. I hope you will be with us at the Abode on June 30 to hear and feel this in person!



Across The Blue Sea: Gypsy, Roma, Turkish meets Israel and Armenian music and dance

12 06 2012

Visiting Turkey last year, I became in love with the wonderful soulful music I heard there. In specific, the Roma Gypsy heart breaking music which I heard when clarinet maestro Ferit Benli, virtuoso percussionist Ali Durac and myself jammed in their hometown of Bergeme near Izmir. Although the Roma people originated from Northern India, they have adapted to many cultures from central Asia all the way to Spain, and in Turkey they developed a unique type of Turkish folkloric style of music and dance. This summer, I am bringing them to Los Angeles for the first time, to share their version of the music of the Mediterranean Sea. This would be a unique opportunity to hear that Gypsy Turkish type of music that normally we don’t hear in America.

This premier concert will take place on July 5 2012 and will be titled “Across the Blue Sea”. The Mediterranean Sea is the bond that connects the people of Israel, Greece and Turkey. Even though conflicts separate these people, they all adore the same food, music and dance. Music and food is a fruit of human connection and collaboration. It has the power to ease tensions and to unite people from opposing cultures together.

Along with the Gypsy Roma musicians, the concert would feature the stunning Israeli dancer Maya G Karasso, who has being dancing with the Yuval Ron Ensemble for the last 12 years. Maya will not be the only dancer in this special concert as we are intending to get the whole audience dancing by the end of the evening.

I hope you will join us for this celebration on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 8:00 PM, at Temple Emanuel 300 North Clark, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

You may get the better priced advance tickets online: $20 at