Archives Issue #83

FROM THE EDITORS

THE MUSIC ISSUE: ART | POETRY | CULTUREWATCH | BOOK REVIEWS | & more…

Music can be transforming, healing, inspiring, exciting, disturbing, soothing, and profoundly moving—but what makes it sacred? This issue of SUFI explores music through several of spiritual traditions in their historical and contemporary contexts, musical groups and instruments used in sacred music, getting to the heart of why music is (and has been for millennia) a source of spiritual inspiration and transcendence.

DISCOURSE, ARTICLES, NARRATIVES & INTERVIEWS

SILENCE, the Breath is Precious, Discourse by Alireza Nurbakhsh
Read the full discourse online >

THE NAKED VOICE by Ellen Oak

KRISHNA DAS On Kirtan, What Makes Music Sacred and Inspiration from Neem Karoli Baba Interviewed by Llew Smith and Annie Stopford
Read the complete interview >

DAF The Sound of Complex Simplicity by Ali Nourbakhsh

LET IT SHINE Music in the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons

LIAN ENSEMBLE Musical Collaborations and Beyond by Sholeh Johnston and Richard Barton

THE FEZ FESTIVAL OF SUFI CULTURE, 2011 A Personal Experience by Fitzroy Morrissey

SAMA Narrative by Dani Kopoulos

CULTUREWATCH

PARVATHY BAUL The Renowned Baul Singer Shares Her Music with SUFI by Martin Harris Read full interview>

SAIN ZAHOOR Pakistan’s Mystic of Music by Sheniz Janmohamed
Listen to Sain Zahoor >

CULTUREWATCH BOOK REVIEWS

The Story of the Damascus Drum – Christopher Ryan
Chants of a Lifetime – Krishna Das
Sufi Rapper – Abd Al Malik
Music is Medicine – Martin Klabunde

POETRY

Opening to Sama by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
Rung by Roger Loff
The Trappist Monastery at New Mellaray by John Krumberger
Before (The) After Quaker Meeting, August 17, 2008 by Marian K. Shapiro
K and the Birds of Winter by Paul Kane
Listening to Monteverdi by Robert Bly
The Old Accordionist by Peter Valentyne
Why Monks Choose Silence by Daniel Skach-Mills

FEATURED POET

DANIEL SKACH-MILLS, Poet

FEATURED ARTIST

GORDANA ADMOVIC-MLADENOVIC (gordanaphoto.com)

(Front cover Artwork: Krishna Playing the Flute – Detail  ©Werner Forman/Art Resource, NY)

 

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