Rumi Music Project To Heal The Current East-West Cultural Crisis
"Shervin Boloorian is doing the good, universalist work that Rumi would approve of. I celebrate his songs, his voice, and his intentions. May his tribe increase!"~Coleman Barks, Poet, Author, and Translator "the Essential Rumi."
"I am so grateful to our donors. We reached the target we set and momentum is still with us, interest is strong, and there is enough time to continue to back this program with your pledge. I will be spending every day urging conscious music lovers to preorder "One with the Beloved" up until our July 25 deadline. We invite you to be part of a greater vision that can positively impact lives, is timely, and can build community across estranged cultures through music and the arts. I hope you will join us and help send a message to the world with me,"
A first-of-its-kind music-activism project to release a Sufi-inspired music album. Raising awareness through a worldwide music tour and workshop, press conferences, blogs, community forums and storytelling events. Led by Shervin Boloorian, the project bridges East-West cultural divides using world famous Persian poet, Rumi's universal message of peace. The album, recorded in Bali, is scheduled for public release in August/September 2017. The tour also starts in Europe in August and the project is split into three phases over three years. Before you read on, click below to listen to a track from the forthcoming album with our first message of hope. As a gift from us for taking the time to engage with this project you can also download this track . . .
Shervin Boloorian & Rumi- Baza (Come Again, Come)
Persian Text by Jallaludin Rumi - Translation: Come again come, Whoever you are, Whom or whatever you worship (idols, Nature, or if you are Godless), If you have broken your vows 100 times, Come Again, Come This is no doorway into a realm of despair, Come again, come.
Shervin Boloorian is a certified sound therapist, vocalist, Western-raised Iranian-born refugee, ex-Washington DC US-Iran peace movement advisor, and community relations activist.
Shervin has already led fundraising programs for local causes in Indonesia through an informal community service program known as the Bali Sound Healers Collective (BSHC). BSHC sound and music events for peace involve local artists and have already successfully raised money for Bali water rights, Bamboo reforestation, youth AIDS awareness among other Bali causes.
Shervin has hosted events in Bali and around the globe, touching the lives of thousands of people over the years with his Sufi Sound Healings, Spirit Nights, Sound Medicines (Tama-Do Sound Harmonization meditations) and Bowl meditations.
The current situation in the Middle East is edging toward its worst crisis point ever. This ongoing threat is fueled by well meaning but misguided world leaders, who lack a broad enough perspective, long-term vision or innate understanding of how to achieve meaningful progress across communities. In the West, where I have spent most of my life, there is often the perception of violence, mistrust, and a deep lack of cultural compatibility when we think of countries like Iran for example, where I was born. The rhetoric and cultural divergence resembles that of the old US-Soviet gridlock.
This year, the US Executive branch succeeded in denying temporary access to certain families wishing to travel to their adopted homelands. What next? The ongoing stalemates and odd political alliances in the Middle East do little to diminish the looming and unthinkable threat of more military action; regardless of ruling party ideology in the US or Europe. Elsewhere, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are experiencing ongoing military operations. Hardliners consolidate power in Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and in other Arab countries.
At home, huge budget waste from escalating military costs and ongoing refugee displacement caused by outdated Middle East policies put a financial strain on our domestic economy. Ongoing violence at home and discriminatory backlashes related to our questionable policies are now becoming regular news items with ongoing threats and alerts becoming commonplace.
Never before has there been more need than now for an alternative, authentic and effective approach to a situation in which we desperately need to put a human face on a world that we have failed to understand at our peril.
Music Creates Hope
We all know that the arts – in particular music - have historically succeeded in raising awareness and educating people when institutions cannot. Take for example the peace movement during the Vietnam War, the concerts in the 80s opposing Apartheid in South Africa and LIVE AID's action against famine in Ethiopia. Later came the Singing Revolution in Estonia. Now, you can be part of a musical project that can finally speak to the humanity of the people in the Middle East, regardless of their faiths and nationalities.
New Music Peace Project: 'ONE WITH THE BELOVED' Album
Building on these precedents, I am inviting you today to invest in our groundbreaking Kickstarter Rumi-inspired music project. The centrepiece is the production, launch and subsequent tour of 'One with the Beloved': a brand new album of sacred songs, ancient mantras (Zikrs), original compositions and newly adapted traditional songs/ chants. These songs all contain the messages of friendship, compassion, unity, love and a common destiny-- all are in Persian or Arabic and created with a merging of Western and Eastern instruments and influences.
Most of these songs are drawn from the world's best-known Sufi writer, Rumi, who explores the mystical linkages between nature, divinity, and the human heart. Some are relaxing heartsongs and others more rhythmic and upbeat Zikr chants. Rumi's experience of being displaced from his homeland within the then-Persian civilization because of war reflects the story of many, including myself, and is a call for us all to put our humanity first.
In return for your generosity, you will receive music from the album I recorded and a variety of other benefits based on your investment level. (SEE SEPARATE PANEL WITH REWARD LEVELS AND FAQ FOR MORE DETAILS)
'CONNECT TO THE BELOVED' Workshops
The songs on the "One With The Beloved" album also accompany my sacred sound workshop: 'Connect To The Beloved'. This workshop is an authentic and positive exploration of the heart's wounds and a celebration of its joys through movement, voice, music and rhythm, all guided by Rumi's wisdom.
A subsequent worldwide album tour with this workshop is also backed by your investment. A prominent leader of a peace and security organization in the UK commented after participating in my workshop that "Before leaders make policy decisions (related the Middle East), they ought to be taking this workshop."
I could list my professional work experiences, but what I feel qualifies me the most for this project, is my unique background, which brings East and West alive in my daily life and permeates through all that I am. Many can attest to the quality of my sound therapy sessions, the Connect to the Beloved workshop I offer and my last album, "Spirit Night by Candlelight". Read about and listen to Spirit Night music here: https://shervinboloorian.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-night-by-candlelight
Costs & Benefits
We are aiming to cover our production and tour costs through this Kickstarter project. In return for your generous investment you will receive exclusive products through One with the Beloved and many other benefits.
Your support will help me and my team of musicians, consultants and producers craft the most genuine blend of music, with a light world music flavor, deeply peaceful, soulful sounds, and positive messages to provide a lush musical container for Rumi's timeless words and a means of reaching a wide audience through the tour. To leverage Rumi's message through the music and workshop are our primary goals.
Endorsements of "One with the Beloved" from the following Bali Community Organizations and Businesses:
Ahimsa in Action
Bali Silent Retreat Center
Bali Storytellers Festival
Janet De Neefe (Ubud Writers and Readers Festival)
ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art)
Alchemy Cafe and Academy
Namaste The Spiritual Shop
Akasha Creative Hub
Reviews Related to this Project so far..
"Shervin Boloorian is doing the good, universalist work that Rumi would approve of. I celebrate his songs, his voice, and his intentions. May his tribe increase!" ~Coleman Barks, Poet, Translator and Author, "The Essential Rumi"
"Anyone who spends his time tackling the huge divide the world is currently experiencing with music and the teachings of Rumi is worth supporting. Now more than ever we need to focus on the fundamental importance of peace and compassion to find a solution to our current global dilemma. Shervin Boloorian's music offers an extraordinary, healing journey with mystical sounds, both traditional and new, that remind us that love and understanding is the only way forward." Janet DeNeefe, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Founder and Director, May 2017.
"Words cannot adequately describe my wonderful experience (at Shervin's Sufi workshop)... Beholding the Beloved and whirling was definitely one of the most beautiful and tender things I have EVER done for myself! Chandanna Denzayll (MALAYSIA, Nov 2016)
"I endorse this project. Let's meditate and pray for peace and understanding with music of natural sounds. And if we pray . . . Really pray . . . the guns will sleep." ~P. Miklausch, Founder, Bali Silent Retreat for Prayer and Meditation (May 2017)
"I've been blessed to know Shervin for over two decades, have been gifted to see him blossom into a renowned sound healer and recognize him as brother in arms in service to the Beloved. I too was born in Iran and have been pulled to study, revel in and express in art the wisdom and works of The Molana ( Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī,) aka Rumi. I directed my own Rumi production in Los Angeles, "RumiNation". I have also attended Shervin's Beloved workshops as a guest and co-presenter of Rumi poetry on occasion and can wholeheartedly say that the space that is created and what transpires can only be described as necessary soul water for thirsty travelers on this journey of life." Amir Khalighi, Actor, Director and Founder, BelovedPoetry.com ( USA, June 2017)
"Shervin's voice is angelic! A unique blend of the gentle, soft and seductive; with strong, anchored, rhythmic dimensions. Shervin's Persian-music poetic style is magical.” Margot Anand, Bestselling Author and Renowned Spiritualist, 2015.
Trip Advisor Testimonials about Shervin
"The sound healing work with Shervin might be best characterized as a journey of energy purification to rediscover one’s heart and soul for reaching internal harmony. The outcome of Shervin’s treatment has gone way beyond my expectation, as this is by far the most intuitive, profound, and spiritual treatment I've ever had. `Ophelia Wang, (Env. Services Consultant, Jakarta).
" I've discovered the most beautiful sound healing sessions at Taksu. Organised by Shervin, who has the voice of an angel, they have different guests regularly. They come from all over the world & all bring something special to the sessions. No matter how you're feeling or what your beliefs are, these sessions will touch your heart & soul. I leave there every time feeling uplifted & very relaxed & happy. If you want a truly heartfelt experience, with no judgement or conditions, I recommend you go to a session" Melati (Australia)
Joining Shervin's sound healing session is always a wonderful, unique and relaxing journey into a deep meditative state of bliss and inner peace. Every time I go far beyond the beautiful and sacred sound and feel so much gratitude. Shervin's treatments are healing for soul. In deep gratitude" Catherine (SWI)
Where do I even begin? If someone had told me how amazing and powerful sound healing was I would not have believed them and would have probably brushed them off. I first met Shervin 10 months ago completely shattered due to extreme trauma. I ended up in a sound healing class and was totally blown away by my experience. So much so that I went to 4 group classes a week along with one private session for the next three weeks. Shervin's wisdom and gentle presence created a safe place that I so desperately needed and during the sessions… I can honestly say that my healing has been accelerated due to Shervin's expertise and knowledge and innate talent. He is the "real deal" and I have not hesitated to recommend him to friends and family because I know first hand that he walks with integrity and is a truly gifted healer." Patricia (Canada)
Whether it's an actual Sound Healing event, or Shervin et al are providing background music for a yoga or other session, those ethereal sounds are the aural chain voicelessly linking the participants and community" Matthew Bloomfield (USA)
“Like a warm bath for the soul and rocket fuel for the imagination, there isn't a yoga class, gong bath, kirtan, concert or experience either before or since Bali that has come anything close. My 72-year old mum sat up afterwards and said simply 'that was one of the most wonderful experiences of my entire life'” Susie Hunt (UK, Graduate, Royal Academy of Music)
"This was one of the most profound experiences of my life. Shervin’s approach to the session was sensitive and responsive which created a beautiful space connecting neuropathy to a wisdom that heightens body state and awareness. This experience provided me a deep cellular reset uniting elemental energies throughout layers of my 'being' that I was yet to identify. These affects are still resonating throughout my spirit with a gentleness and light that is sui generis. Truly divine." Thea Thomas, Attorney of Law (AUS)
"There's music that can touch my heart; then I attended Shervin Boloorian's sound healing class and The Spirit Night (the Healing Sounds Concert) at Yoga Barn, and heard music that can touch my soul. I never knew sounds can heal so powerfully, the Sound Healing concert opened a new chapter of my life! May your heart be touched and shed tears. May your soul be touched and feel blessed. Like me." ~TravelBean Corner (KL, MAL)
Watch our Video Appeal : click below to watch a shorter video from Shervin who will explain what this appeal is all about. (The full-length video can be viewed at the top of this page)
A FINAL WORD FROM SHERVIN
"All my life I've wanted to be in service to the cause of creating warmer and deeper understanding between peoples of different cultures, nations, and faiths. With all my being, I believe sound and music are life-changing forces, which represent the most powerful universal languages of peace, unity and connection. This spirit of friendship and collaborative cooperation through music is embodied by the Bali Sound Healers Collective, an informal community project I established in 2012. I have up to this point through the Collective raised money for different causes, and taken the fruits of this collaboration to tens of thousands in Bali and throughout the world, presenting with over 150 musicians (all with my own resources). Through these presentations, ,my debut music CD and one-on- one sound therapy sessions I offer, I have facilitated music and sound for transformation to support individuals and groups with overcoming life challenges. I firmly believe there can be stronger hope for humanity when people invest resources in these much needed programs. To take Rumi's urgently needed message to the world through my music would be a dream come true and I hope you will contribute from your hearts in whatever way you can to turn this vision into a reality. Together we can build an essential link between two estranged worlds (the East and the West) which are fundamentally more alike and much more about peace than anything else.
Namaste and Salaam.
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