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Rumi Concerts


The Rumi Concert is a stunning collaboration of artists, bringing the lyrical and spiritual power of Rumi to life in a remarkably moving performance, a multidimensional feast of poetry, music, dance and story. Poet and translator Coleman Barks performs the poems of Rumi, a 13th century estatic poet of unparralelled lyrical and spiritual power. He is joined by Storydancer, Zuleikha, whose magic of dance, song and story animates the genius and rapture of Rumi’s poetry. Together, they perform with world musicians such as Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, David Darling, Jai Uttal and poet Robert Bly.
Performed in multiple venues:
One such venue was St. Johns the Devine Cathedral in NYC. This venue is so large that it has its own weather system separate from therest of NY. The Rumi Concert is a collaboration of poetry, music, dance and story. Performances have taken place at St. Johns the Divine Cathedral, NYC, Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM, New Mexico Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM, James A Little, Santa Fe, NM, and St Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe, NM, and others.
  • Coleman Barks…Poet and translator of Rumi’s writings
  • Pepe Mendoza…Flutes
  • Jai Uttal…Voice and instruments
  • Foday Musa Suso…Kora
  • Glen Velez…World percussion
  • David Darling…Cellist
  • Eugene Friesen…Cello
  • Geoffrey Gordon…Percusion
  • Reza Darakshani…Voice and instruments
  • Zuleikha…Story Teller/Dancer

SWIA First Annual Santa Fe Pow Wow: At the Downs Santa Fe

2nd 3rd and 4th Annual Pow Wow at Pojoaque Pueblo Pow Wow Grounds
I lit the evenings dances with PAR 64 1K’s with some color and diffusion. These lights, 6 to a truss, were mounted on 6 “genie lifts” and were sequestered behind the audience bleachers, which in the case of a pow wow are in a large circle. When the dancing breaks for dinner it is still light out. I would surreptitiously crank up the towers one after the other and then turn the lights on so that when the dancers came back from their dinner break and they make their “grand entrance”, as the evening darkens they are illuminated. I had never seen Native American Pow Wow’s lit at night except by bonfires and car head lights (bonfires in the center, cars in a circle, headlights pointed in to the circle of dancers). Now every year at the “Gathering of Nations” Pow Wow in Albuquerque they light the Pow Wow with PAR’s. This Pow Wow is in April and is the first each year. It kicks off Native American Pow Wow’s in the U.S.