This recitation of and commentary on the poetry of the 13th century Sufi teacher, Jala ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, offers entry into a universal path to self-discovery and healing. By exploring the images, symbols and messages in Rumi’s poetry and stories, one can develop inner knowledge, spiritual insight and health, mental and physical.
This week on THE CLASSICAL NOW, my interview with TEMMO KORISHELI, director of Adelfos Ensemble. For eleven years the a cappella vocal ensemble Adelfos has grown and evolved from its beginnings as a men’s-night-out group, equal parts camaraderie and art (self-described “drinking group with a singing problem”), to its current splendor as a mixed ensemble consisting of some of the finest and most experienced singers in Santa Barbara. Korisheli, an early music scholar and cataloguer at the UCSB Arts Library, began directing Adelfos in 2008, and changed the group forever in two key ways: thematic programming, and in 2010, adding women’s voices. I sat down with Temmo for a wonderful hour at UCSB in anticipation of Adelfos’s performances next weekend: “All Angels Cry Aloud: Music for the English Church,” a program of Anglican cathedral music featuring the recently-appointed organist of Trinity Episcopal Church, Dr. Thomas Joyce. Visit Adelfos on Facebook for more information.
Sting quartet heaven — that’s what we are experiencing in Santa Barbara right now — with Julliard, Emerson and Brooklyn Rider all performing in a span of 3 weeks. But Brooklyn Rider–performing Thursday at Hahn Hall, courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures–is in the forefront this week on DirecTalk Radio, a special spoken word feature of THE CLASSICAL NOW. Starting at 7am, I will air my exclusive interview with COLIN JACOBSEN, violinist and composer with Brooklyn Rider. Jacobsen credits the poetry of Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky, as well as the writing of David Byrne, as inspiration for his most recent composition. Rider is touring their new album, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, which throws the compositional gauntlet to thirteen progressive musicians who have little to do with the traditional classical concert hall.
This interview originally aired on the January 19 episode of THE CLASSICAL NOW – 6am – 8am on 91.9 FM KCSB Santa Barbara. And streaming live at www.kcsb.org.