|Global Harmony receives Meet the Composer Grant
Roseville, MN December 6, 2007 – Global Harmony has received a MetLife Creative Connections award from Meet The Composer. This is allowing us to invite Jim Berenholtz, composer/performer/ethnomusicologist as a composer-in-residence. Jim has been commissioned to compose a piece for us, using pre-Columbian instruments and vocal techniques. He is using ancient Mayan texts. Jim will be here for several rehearsals, as well as the performances (he will perform on some fascinating instruments!), and he will present a class on pre-Columbian music.
Saturday, February 9 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm
All rehearsals and performances are held at North Como Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Lexington and Victoria in Roseville MN.
celebration of "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh",
the featured exhibition at the new
de Young Museum, the museum is hosting the
San Francisco premiere of "The Psalms of RA",
my album of new music set to ancient Hebrew and Egyptian texts.
The performance will be part of the de Young's series "Perspectives
of Life, Death, and the Afterlife". This music also forms
the soundtrack of the audio tour for the Hatshepsut exhibit,
running through February 2006.
Friday, November 4th at 6:30 and 7:45pm.
Where: the Koret Auditorium at the de Young
Museum in Golden Gate Park
Tickets: ONLY $5 FOR NON-MEMBERS! Free to de
Young members and exhibition ticket holders.
Psalms of RA" is a symbolic journey through
the passage of a full day. From sunrise to sunset to sunrise
again, the recordings move the listener through time, from
birth to life to death to rebirth. Many of the texts are in
ancient Hebrew and Egyptian, and many are derived from the
Egyptian "Book of Coming Forth into Day," otherwise
known as "The Book of the Dead".
includes a 9 member chorus, plus 16 piece chamber orchestra
of winds, strings and percussion combining both symphonic
and traditional Middle Eastern instruments. Among the featured
performers are conductor Juan Felipe Orrego, flautist-extraordinaire
Viviana Guzman, Persian master-instrumentalist Nejad, and
harpist Ani Williams, who has done extensive research on sound
healing and acoustics in ancient Egyptian temples.
of The Psalms of RA is the feeling of being beneath the brilliant
starry sky of a Saharan night, or witnessing the glory of
sunrise from the inner sanctum of a temple. We hope you'll
OF THE SOUL'S JOURNEY
Life, Death and Rebirth in Ancient Egypt and the Near East.
A Series of Concerts by Composer Jim Berenholtz and Fellow Musicians
from "The Psalms of RA".
Conceived to coincide with three major simultaneous museum exhibitions
of Egyptian antiquities in California.
at 6, 8 and 10pm
The Alchemy Building,
5209 Wilshire Blvd (near the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, site of “TUTANKHAMUN and the Golden Age of the
by The World Festival of Sacred Music.
2005 World Festival of Sacred Music - Los
Angeles (September 17 to October 2) 1,000 artists and 43 sacred
events of music and movement over 16 days, in venues all over
the Los Angeles area -crossing neighborhoods, cultural, religious
and ideological boundaries in the spirit of world peace.
2, at 4:30pm
The Bowers Museum in
Santa Ana, Orange County (site of “MUMMIES: Death and the
Afterlife in Ancient Egypt”)
4th, at 6:30pm
The De Young Museum of
Art, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
(site of “Daughter of Re: HATSHEPSUT, King of Egypt”)
ritual life of ancient Egyptians was deeply concerned with the journey
of the soul. Ceremonial texts found in such classic writings as
"The Book of the Dead", as well as in more iconiclastical
works such as Akhenaten's "Hymn to the Sun", metaphorically
relate the passage of the sun through day and night to the human
experience of birth, life, death and rebirth.
by these ancient texts, and overcome by the death of both his parents
within less than 9 months of each other, composer Berenholtz of
San Francisco began creating a body of musical work entitled "The
Psalms of RA". In it he set many ancient Egyptian texts to
his own new music, as well as setting comparable texts from the
Hebrew and Sumerian traditions, among others. His intent was to
honor the journey of life and death, to demonstrate the parallel
ritual threads of ancient Near Eastern traditions that speak to
a universal human experience, and to celebrate the sun as our common
ancestor, thus offering a new vision of a spiritual foundation for
peace in the Middle East.
much of the music from "The Psalms of RA" will be premiered
in California, in connection with three landmark exhibitions of
Egyptian antiquities, two of which will subsequently go nationwide.
Choral pieces, as well as chamber music featuring Western symphonic
instruments combined with traditional Near Eastern winds, strings
and percussion, will be performed. Composer Berenholtz will be among
those performing, and will explain to the audience how the various
texts, performed in the ancient languages, relate to the journey
of the soul. He will also elaborate on his
orchestration choices as they relate to the kind of instruments
used in ancient times. This promises to be a very special state-wide
tour of live contemporary sacred music.
A.R.E. of New York
Edgar Cayce Center
Manifest the Love of God in Service to
West 30th Street,
(West of 7th Ave.)
Buzz in #102
New York, NY 10001
volunteer organization. Memberships available.
Donations gratefully accepted.
glad you have the
opportunity to be alive at this time, and to be a part
of that preparation for the
coming influences of a
spiritual nature that must
rule the world.”
—Cayce reading 2376-3
July 31, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
BERENHOLTZ is a multifaceted artist who has been training
with native cultures in the living wisdom of the Earth for
over 30 years.
as musician or dancer, writer or speaker, painter or photographer,
ritualist or bodyworker, he is devoted to bringing forth the
organic intelligence that is natural to our species. His passionate
blend of arts and activism celebrates unity in diversity while
building bridges for peace.
composer, he weaves together the classical and contemporary
musical styles of the Western world with the indigenous sounds
of ancient and native cultures. Jim’s works as a writer
include Journey to the Four Directions (Bear & Co., Santa
Fe, NM.1993) and as a painter, his specialty is mandalas,
including the one now gracing the A.R.E. Center’s reception
Prophecy and Sacred Ceremony in celebration of our new Center’s
musician & ceremonial artist Jim Berenholtz
joins Center Director Lynne Miceli, members and friends of
our A.R.E. Community, as we celebrate our first anniversary
in our new space.
interweave music on native flutes, poetry and song with stories
of three sacred beings that figure prominently in Native American
prophetic traditions—White Buffalo Calf Woman (Lakota),
Kokopelli, the Humpbacked Flute Player (Hopi) and Ketzalkoatl,
the Feathered Serpent (Toltek).
will also guide us in a participatory ritual experience honoring
the Four Directions and invoking a second year of good energy,
enlightenment and healing.
ADMISSION: $10, CENTER MEMBERS FREE
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
PDF of this announcement
Friday, Oct 15 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Legion of Honor Museum in San
100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park
Friday, Oct 15 from 6:30 - 8:30pm, Xochimoki (Jim Berenholtz and
Mazatl Galindo) perform a concert with ancient Mayan instruments
at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, in conjunction with
the exhibit "Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya" (Sept 4
to Jan 2). The program will also include ritual, dance, and visual
projections of ancient Mayan temples and pyramids photographed by
Jim on his many journeys through Mayaland. This program is part
of the "Magnificent Maya Fridays" evening event series
at the Legion of Honor Museum during the course of the Maya
General admission for the concert is $8; entrance into the exhibit
is an additional $7.
Saturday, Sept 25, 11 AM - 5:30 PM
Golden Gate Park, SF.
Berenholtz and fellow musicians Lisa Rafel (voice), Phyllis Addison
(voice), Brian Gore (guitar) and Rob Chavez (clarinet) perform music
from "The Psalms of RA". Excerpts will include "Kaddish"
and "Kabbalistic Cross" in commemoration of Yom Kippur.
The San Jose Chamber Orchestra performs
Sunday February 29th, 2004.
7 PM. :
Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose
A concert of works by Messiaen, Mahler and Berenholtz.
Featuring the world premiere performances of Berenholtz's "Psalm
104" and "Blue Star" from "The Psalms of RA".
Barbara Day Turner, conductor
Viviana Guzman, flautist.