Prepare for Harmony

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As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, we can’t help but look ahead towards 2009 with a curious mixture of hope, excitement, and given our world’s politics, religions and economies, some trepidation.

This year has inspired many of us to go back to the basics, to reevaluate our lifestyles and to redefine the things that matter — that truly make us happy and our world a better place.

To find peace is a challenge in this hyperactive world of non-stop action and twenty-four hour online communication. However, don’t we all seek a bit of a rest-stop in our fast-forward lives? A safe haven where calmness, and thankfulness, are allowed to thrive?

We want to make sure that the New Year will provide opportunities for peace, good-will, and even a touch of the sacred, the ancient traditions carried inside each of us.

KadmusArts is looking to profile festivals throughout the month of December that celebrate the music of the soul and our communal quest for harmony.

From massive concerts that encourage the practice of non-violence to groundbreaking theatre festivals where exiles and refugees share center stage, sacred arts festivals play an important role in cross-cultural connection and the preservation of cultural traditions.

Let us know your recommendations for festivals that explore the relationship between faith and interfaith, biculturalism, and the sounds of spirituality.

After all, where would we be without artists giving us their visions live in the desert or live via satellite?

Aren’t you ready for a little peace? A little soul? A little harmony?

- Bill Reichblum

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5 Responses to “Prepare for Harmony”

  1. KadmusArts Playlists » Blog Archive » A Benefit Concert Tribute
    December 5th, 2008 07:15
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    [...] It’s easy to make fun of pop celebrities and their PR-fueled urge to do good by donating one-millionth of one percent of their concert proceeds to the cause du jour. However, there have been some genuine attempts by rock musicians to help those in need through their music. Let’s recap some of the highlights of these benefit concerts — even if you think, as John Lennon did, that “I don’t want to have anything to do with benefits… they’re always rip-offs”, surely we can all agree that there have been some remarkable musical moments at these events. After all, couldn’t we all use a little more harmony? [...]

  2. KadmusArts Picks » Blog Archive » World Sacred Music Festival
    December 8th, 2008 00:03
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    [...] Prepare for Harmony in New Year, Take 1: The World Sacred Music Festival in Girona, Spain tackles the challenges of living in a multicultural society by reminding us of our connection to one another - near and far. The common language? Music. Past performances include Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, North African singer and social activist Khalid Izri, Brazilian musician and cultural ambassador Gilberto Gil and soprano Divna Ljubojevic singing her interpretations of the Byzantine orthodox liturgy. Simple Music, Real Power: Check out the Video of Gilberto Gil & Stevie Wonder. Find All Festivals featuring Sacred Music! [...]

  3. KadmusArts Picks » Blog Archive » Earthdance Global Peace Music Festival
    December 15th, 2008 00:39
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    [...] Prepare for Harmony in New Year, Take 2: Laytonville, California serves as the hub for Earthdance Global Peace Music Festival, but you can join in the celebration of peace from over three hundred registered locations around the world. No matter where you are, the festival organizes a synchronized link-up at 4 pm Pacific Standard Time to sing “The Prayer for Peace”. In 2008 participating artists included the transcendental music of Digable Planets, Goddess Alchemy Project’s fusion of music, visual art, spoken word and dance, and Senegalese kora musician Youssoupha Sidibe who incorporates Sufi devotional chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community. Want to join in the world wide chorus for The Prayer for Peace? Mark the date for September 26 next year. Find All Festivals featuring Music for Peace! [...]

  4. KadmusArts Picks » Blog Archive » Fes Festival of World Sacred Music
    December 22nd, 2008 02:02
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    [...] Prepare for Harmony in New Year, Take 3: Each year the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music explores new ways to create peaceful coexistence and “music of the heart.” The great musical traditions of sacred and world music, artists and audiences come together for ten days of extraordinary sounds and sights. Performers who have graced the venues of Fes include the late Miriam Makeba, Tartit of the Tuareg tribe of Mali, and Mari Boine of Norway, who brings us sacred chants from the Sami people of the European polar zone. You must get to Fes! Find All Festivals in Morocco! [...]

  5. KadmusArts Picks » Blog Archive » Liberian Peace and Cultural Festival
    December 29th, 2008 05:01
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    [...] Prepare for Harmony in New Year, Take 4: The Peace and Cultural Festival in Liberia celebrates the gains made by this country after fourteen years of violent civil conflict. Through dance, poetry, music and theatre, artists from across Liberia and neighboring countries come together to celebrate the fruits of peace. In addition to performances by groups including Flomo Theatre Production, tribal elders from all fifteen counties of Liberia will meet face to face — this time with no guns. Here’s a toast to more Peace Festivals in 2009! [...]

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