"Goodness" can be defined as that which moves us in the direction of harmonious coexistence, empathy and solidarity with others. The nature of evil, on the other hand, is to divide: people from people, humanity from the rest of nature.- Daisaku Ikeda
Saturday 4 November 2023 7:00 PM 540 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020 The Sanctuary
I'm thrilled to return to the ensemble of The Conference of the Birds: the most metal a capella journey of the soul seeking union with the Divine. Composed by Fahad Siadat with a libretto by Sholeh Wolpé, the work utilizes virtuosic musical techniques found in singing styles across the globe.
The story follows the birds of the world who embark on a journey to find their sovereign, Simorgh, a divine/mythical creature. Led by the wise Hoopoe they travel through Seven Valleys, each a spiritual realm of understanding that unfolds as they journey toward Simorgh's sanctuary. The libretto is drawn from Sufi mystic poet Attar's seminal text.
"Peace is a competition between despair and hope, between disempowerment and committed persistence. To the degree that powerlessness takes root in people's consciousness, there is a greater tendency to resort to force. Powerlessness breeds violence." - Daisaku Ikeda