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/
Katyanna at St john

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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

 





An extraordinary Musical Cultural Peace Mission Tour to Israel 2013

12 12 2012
Each and every day one ought to make a crucial decision whether to be in service of peace, hope and healing or to be in service of war, aggression and conflict. This May 2013 I am going to lead a group of my fans and supporters on a tour of Israel to meet the peace makers – the Jewish and Arabic educators and the artists who cross boundaries to raise the human spirit above borders and sow the seeds of peace. We will make music and break bread with the Bedouins of the Azazme tribe in the desert, party with the fabulous food and music of the Jewish Bukhari drummers of the Alaev Family, attend exclusive events with some of the greatest world music masters of Israel, such as Yair Dalal, and visit the historical and sacred sites of the Holly Land. Based on my intimate knowledge of Israel, I can say that the next 12 months will be a time for rebuilding, re evaluating and re organizing. No one is expecting security issues in the coming months. Things are quiet in Israel now. We are expecting that it will be quiet in May June when our musical-cultural tour will take place. It will be a time to strengthen the people who nurture the foundation to a peaceful joint-venture future, to support them so they would present an alternative, a real strong alternative to the violence. The musicians, artists, educators are eager to meet with us in May June. I am in touch with them, and they are looking forward to being with us,
The goal of our tour is to strengthen the courageous people in Israel who are creating trust, understanding, common culture and joint ventures for Arabs and Jews a a foundation for future peace solution.
Would you like to come with us ?
SPACE IS LIMITED !!!
To sign up, get the full itinerary, prices and terms please visit the tour page at: http://www.yuvalronmusic.com/text/tour_to_israel_2013.html
For more info email: target@target-conferences.com
More info: www.yuvalronmusic.com  Look in the Calendar Page under May 26-June 7
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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. 





Music for Deep Movement Vol.1 is available now!

19 07 2012

Hello my dear friends. I am very happy to announce that my newest album, Music for Deep Movement, Vol. 1, is now available! This unique and spiritual album is a combination of music from the soundtrack to the film, EM Moves, and music from the groundbreaking performance of Kalpa, which premiered at the Getty Center in January of this year. The slow evolving, trance-inducing sounds will bring listeners to a deeper level of meditation, contemplation, and heighten your senses to the world around you.

Music for Deep Movement, Vol. 1 is a continuation of the music I created in, In Between the Heart Beat and In the Shallows. In this album I have produced a new palate of sounds and textures by combining both electronic and organic tones in the hopes to make music and movement become one entity. The music is great to move to as well to meditate to as sound meditation.

I would like to give a special thanks to Hirokazu Kosaka, Oguri, Hanna Heiting, and Emily Conrad for giving me the opportunity and inspiration to create the music for Kalpa and EM Moves. I would also like to thank all of the musicians who contributed to this wonderful CD. I am very privileged to be able to work with so many talented artists and I am proud to call my friends.

I hope this CD will bring you much joy as it has brought me in making it. Let it open your heart, body, and mind as you travel along your spiritual journey.

You can purchase this CD on cdbaby via: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuvalron.

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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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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 http://www.maticenter.com/

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