On the Wings of Ecstasy: Interfaith Devotional Singing & Sacred Dance Festival

Presenter(s)

Lama Karma Chötso

Lama Karma Chötso has been a Buddhist nun in the Kagyu lineage for the past 25 years. Her main teachers now include two renowned masters: His Eminence T'ai Situ Rinpoche and Lama Norlha Rinpoche. Lama Karma Chötso has been the Resident Teacher of Kagyu Shedrup Chöling Dharma Center in El Portal, Florida for 16 years. Besides meditation, her work to benefit all beings includes lecturing/teaching, painting, writing music, singing traditional songs of realization as taught by her master, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, taking students on pilgrimage, and now, building stupas with the KSC Sangha at the Residence in South Florida.

http://www.kagyu-sfla.org

Ken Whiteley
Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected roots musicians and draws on a rich background in blues, gospel, and folk styles. A prolific songwriter, versatile instrumentalist, and powerful singer, he has lead gospel singing concerts for people throughout North America. He has recorded numerous CDs that feature his original award-winning material, heartfelt vocals, and instrumental virtuosity. Ken is an active record producer who has worked on more than 80 albums. http://www.kenwhiteley.com

Juan De la Sierra

Juan De la Sierra, PhD, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, and music educator who has delighted audiences worldwide for over four decades. His musical offerings of the devotional music of the Sepharadim, the Spanish Jews so intimately interwoven with that of the Arab peoples, embody the spirit of Convivencia: that diverse cultures and religions can live side-by-side in peace and with mutual respect. Through the flamenco guitar, the ancient kinnor (King David Harp) and voice, Juan weaves a musical tapestry that is both traditional and innovative, melding Mediterranean styles from Spain, Turkey, and the Holy Land.

http://www.musicofspain.net

Amir Vahab

Amir Vahab, honored as both a peacemaker and virtuoso, is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composers and vocalists of Sufi and folk music. Weaving fiery instrumentals and songs of the historic lands of the Middle East and Central Asia, his work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional and mystical sensibilities. Embodying diversity-in-unity, his ensemble's aim is to draw the listener’s attention to the spiritual dimension of existence. Amir teaches and lectures to private and group classes in universities, libraries, museums, and cultural centers and organizes music therapy and sound healing workshops.

http://www.tanbour.org

The Mayapuris

Five hundred years ago, a tradition of sacred music broke out of the strict confines of Indian temples and danced onto the streets of the revered city of Mayapur. Today, The Mayapuris, an electrifying band of drummers and dancers, continue that revolution by invigorating mantras and songs of old with their own global experiences. They seamlessly weave dance, song, spoken word and irresistible rhythm into their concerts and presentations creating a fantastic impression on audiences. Their sound is an ecstasy booster, a transcendental party, a musical bridge between everyday life and something greater. Their debut album, Mridanga reached the top of iTunes World Music Chart with its earth-shaking rhythms and enchanting musical flavor. Yoga Journal debuted their music video.

http://www.mayapuris.com