duojalal’s “Rumi Experience”” utilizes music and spoken poetry to transport the audience members to a musical and spiritual space inspired by the duo’s namesake, the 13th century poet and mystic Jalal al-din Rumi. The audience is first drowned in a “Gong Bath” (to calm the mind) which is used to “pull away the layers of confusion that are piled upon us in our daily routines”. As the evening progresses, the spoken poetry is coupled with musical works to help transcend the listener’s state of being. For Rumi, music helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected. The musical repertoire reaches around the globe with compositions based on music from Japan, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Iran, also running throughout Europe and the Americas.
Jalal al-din Rumi has been described as a “bridge between religions and cultures” and “a dissolver of boundaries.” The idea of inclusion/universalism was a key to his thoughts and teachings. He didn’t want us to stress how we are divided into religions, rather that we are moving through this world as a family. These core philosophies are as relevant today as they were 800 years ago. From the East Asia to the Middle East, the United States to Eastern Europe, the “Rumi Experience” seeks to foster peaceful coexistence on a worldwide basis. For the past seven years the duo has been commissioning, collaborating with other artists, and presenting concerts that bridge cultures and musical genres. This program is about music as a healing force. Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick are not bystanders when it comes to the idea of inclusion. They were born in different hemispheres, in culturally different families, raised different religions and are specialists in two musical genres; Classical and World. Rather than segregating them, their differences have brought them together as a mutually respectful family.
Two pieces have been commissioned for the project. Honey From Alast by Evan Ziporyn and Shadow and Light by Lev Zhurbin.
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