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

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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:

http://www.uprs.edu/upr-blog/events/the-living-wisdom-concert-series-music-to-nourish-the-soul/

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

http://www.yuvalronmusic.com/tour-to-india/
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Bringing Middle Eastern sacred music to China: creating a music video for Erev Shel Shoshanim.

21 08 2012

The Chinese director Justin Jia arrived in my studio this summer. He was interested to see how I communicate with my audiences about my music. He was also helping us to communicate with Chinese presenters who are hoping to bring the Yuval Ron Ensemble to China. We decided to have Justin produce and direct a music video of one of my songs. We have also created a version with Chinese subtitles to post on servers that are accessible to the chinese people.

I gave him three of my CD’s (Under the Olive Tree, Tree of Life and Seeker of Truth) and asked him to take a listen and pick the one song that touches his heart most deeply. Being familiar with the film and TV work, I know how long one sits in front of the computer to edit a music video, and how many hours they hear that same song again and again and again while cutting the video.

Justin took a listen and made a clear choice: Erev Shel Shoshanim/Shalom Salam. It was interesting for me to sit down with a young Chinese director and to explain the background of the song and the context of the conflict in the Middle East. Justin got the picture. He shot some footage with my Ensemble singer Maya Haddi, duduk master Norik Manoukian, and myself, and assembled some images from Jerusalem to elaborate on the message of the song.

This song is a prayer for peace for the children of Jerusalem, the Middle East, and the whole world. Please share it with your friends and family and teach it to your children, so we can all carry the message of those who are tired of war and violence and wish only to live quietly in peace.

Recorded by the Yuval Ron Ensemble in 2009 for the CD Seeker of Truth, Erev Shel Shoshanim features Maya Haddi on lead vocals and guest Bassam Al Rashidi on male lead vocals. Additional vocals are performed by Smadar Levi, Noor and Valley Beth Shalom Choir. The ensemble also includes Norik Manoukian – duduk, Jamie Papish – percussion, David Martinelli – percussion, Virginie Alimian – kanoun, Najwa Gibran – vocals, Sukhawat Ali Khan – vocals and harmonium, Carolyne Aycaguer-Ron – harmonium, whirling dervish Aziz, sacred dancer Maya G and Yuval Ron – oud and the artistic director. 





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!

 

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The hidden world of the musical notes in between the notes of the piano.

21 10 2011

In many of my lectures I have talked about the notes we – living  in Western Culture – have lost. The notes that are “allowed” in Western music – the 12 notes of the piano, are very limited pallet of sounds. Actually, several hundreds years ago we still had more than the 12 piano notes even in Europe. But in the last 400 years the micro tones, or the notes in between the piano keys have vanished from the vocabulary of musicians and cultures in the West. We still have the micro tones – for example the notes in between C and D, or between Do and Re – we do still have them, in the Middle East and in Asia. I play some of these notes on my Oud, as it is a fretless instrument and one can slide on the strings and play any note beyond and above the limited 12 notes of the piano. You can hear it on the CD “Under the Olive Tree” in the song Walla Zaman, you can hear it on the CD “Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacque” in the track La Illah ( which was recently was included in a the soundtrack for the new up coming Mark Magidson film “Samsara”). My friend Steven Taylor explored this world of micro tunings through a very special teacher, most people never heard about. You can learn about this amazing man and his sonic world, in a new video and web site Stephan created with my friend Gary David and another fellow musician. This is not only a super cool video and a great service for the development of music composition and performance in the West and beyond, but also a spiritual cosmological perspective on music making.

The Sonic Sky: An Introduction
watch it here:
http://www.thesonicsky.com/video/sonic-sky-introduction/
http://www.thesonicsky.com
Composer Stephen James Taylor describes to the newcomer, the musical realm of Erv Wilson, and the vast universe of his musical structures.

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