A musical voyage exploring scriptures, legends, and myths of King Solomon — ancient and modern works from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and African tribal wisdom.
Catherine Braslavsky – voice, dulcimer, bendir, tampura
Joseph Rowe – spoken word, oud, bendir, darabukka, Tibetan bowls, percussion, dulcimer, tampura
8 pm Saturday March 4, 2017
Presented by Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts at:
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa CA
$15 general, $20 preferred seating
Tickets at the door or online at EventBrite
7:30 pm pre-concert introduction by mythologist and cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, PhD
Enjoy an evening of chant, song, poetry, and story brought to life by acclaimed Parisian musicians Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe. www.naturalchant.com
Catherine Braslavsky is an inspiring singer and composer whose passions run the gamut of ancient, medieval, and modern musical expression. Grounded in her expertise in Gregorian chant, and in that of her mentor, Hildegard of Bingen, she has also studied Hindu, and Mideastern music. Her quest is to make ancient music come alive today, through new arrangements, often with Joseph Rowe, and through her own original compositions. She has recorded eight CDs, of which the most recent is Pilgrimage, released in October 2016 in France, on the Jade/Universal label.
Joseph Rowe, who for decades has been involved in world music as both producer and performer, is also a translator and scholar of religious studies, known for his work with Jean-Yves Leloup, bringing into English translation The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, and The Gospel of Philip. He also writes drama, poetry, and fiction.
The concert is introduced by cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, music historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony, who weaves myth, music, psychology, history, and art with experiential learning. www.kayleenasbo.com
Special Event with Joseph Rowe and Kayleen Asbo
5pm Sunday, March 5
The Hidden History of Early Christianity and the Feminine
A Conversation with Joseph Rose and Kayleen Asbo
Norm Cram Community Hall, 530 C Street, Petaluma CA
$20 donation suggested, no one turned away
In 1945, a treasure trove of ancient documents was discovered in Egypt which is overturning all scholarly assumptions about Early Christianity. These deeply insightful texts emphasize a path of inner awakening and internal liberation from ignorance and fear, and are surprisingly affirmative about the role of women and the Divine Feminine. Join Joseph Rowe, translator for Inner Traditions Books for many of these newly discovered texts, and Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D for a stimulating conversation about The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Mary Magdalene – two works that are profoundly relevant for our own times.
More about KING SOLOMON’S DREAM:
“An initiatory musical voyage, born from the fusion of two cultural universes: Medieval chants sung with passion by Catherine Braslavsky combined with the world-music influences of traveler Joseph Rowe.
— Marc Bonomelli, Le Monde, Paris
This program’s 14 chants and songs alternate with poems, storytelling, and historical texts to form a connecting thread that spans an enormous breadth of human history and tradition. Ancient works include Gregorian and late Medieval chant, songs from Hildegard of Bingen, and Sephardic and Muslim chants, sung in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Medieval Spanish, Coptic, Nubian and French. Catherine and Joseph have incorporated their own compositions, inspired by these ancient musical traditions.
The vast body of scriptures, legends, and myths about King Solomon is far greater in number, and in variety of provenance, than most people realize. Research for this project examined stories not only from the Jewish canon but also from Jewish legend, and from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and African sources.
The central image is that of a trans-traditional King Solomon, who speaks from beyond, aware of the history that follows his recorded death. His poetic discourse points to the deepest teachings of Judaism, which prefigure those of Jesus. Solomon, whom Muslims consider a prophet, like Jesus, manifests a teaching which is profoundly akin to that of Jesus — the fullest flowering of that wisdom.
A second, related theme is that of the unprecedented evolutionary crisis of today, one of whose primary roots is the repression and denial of the sacred Feminine, both in the treatment of Nature and of women. Both Jesus and Solomon were kindred revolutionaries of their times, in this respect.
Another musical and poetic theme revolves around the little-known Sufi version of the rebellion of Lucifer, startlingly different from any familiar version.
Following this, is the theme of the lost tribal wisdom of the Bronze Age, and its relevance to the crisis in humanity’s relation with the Earth. This appears in a very personal interlude, when Joseph relates an unforgettable conversation with his music teacher, Hamza El Din, who brings an ancient, unexpected Nubian perspective to the ecological crisis.
The performance concludes with two compositions by the musicians, based on words from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and from the Gospel of Thomas.