Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb wonderful response to my book

30 10 2014

This evening, my dear friend Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb sent an email to many of her friends. IT was written as a response to reading my book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom, and itself, this response of Lynn is so inspiring and a call to action, that I was moved to bring it to you below in its complete text. Please share with your friends and family.

Dear friends

I encourage you to read Yuval’s book of music and stories called Divine Attunement. Yuval opens the door to the world of divine music with a tuning fork that releases the song of the heart. This book is well worth the read. Yuval Ron’s music is available via the web. One of my favorite artists!

The stories in Yuval’s book inspired me to dip into beloved memories of the Jerrahi Sufi Order in Spring Valley where I have sought comfort, friendship and prayer for several decades.

The three photographs below were taken by Doug Hostetter, another fabulous human being with a great heart.

In the first picture and second picture were taken during an evening of music and stories.
In the second pic, Sheikh Tosun Bayrak and I often spoke about the link between nonviolence, direct action and the service of the heart in Sufi and Shomeret Shalom traditions.

The Spring Valley Jerrahi community does amazing work. Among many other serivce projects, this community initiated the Bosnian Student Project during the period Serbians were putting Bosnian Muslims in concentration camps. In partnership with the FOR, under Doug’s guidance, The Bosnian Student Project brought 150 Muslims high school and college students out of Bosnia during the war to finish their education. The Jerrahi Order also graciously participated in one of the Interfaith Wilderness Peace Camps that I led by sending several kids from their community for a week of wilderness peace making. When RH and Ramadan coincided, I spent the first night in the mosque, praying with Sufis, seeking refuge
in a place I could feel wholly at peace with people on the same page of justice.

The third picture was taken near Hebron in 1998. My dear friend Rabia Terri Harris, founder of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, a member of the Jerrahi Order and a great teacher of Sufism and nonviolence, Doug and I traveled to Palestine and Israel together on the first IFPB delegation. We spent a day with a Palestinian family whose home had been destroyed by the IDF. After several hours re-terracing a garden wall with stones, we planted a rose bush, and then, listened to the family’s testimony. One of their kids filmed the destruction! which we viewed (thanks to a generator). Her youngest child, a boy, had not spoken a word since witnessing the destruction of his world. Our hearts shattered, and tears became our only song.
At that moment, I wished I could play oud instead of drum.

These days, I feel an intense longing for peace pulling at my heart. Hardly anything quenches this longing, as we witness ‘the situation’ continue to deteriorate in the holy land.
And on account of other brutalities taking root.
For I, like you, have tasted the fruit of that beautiful garden, where souls sing together and, thus, transcend every boundary, and none are afraid, and so I know
the wounding is not necessary. Let us be sumud in love and devotion to what is good and right to do in this world. lg

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Open Tent Shul of the Arts
and Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence





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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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!