Frequently Asked Questions
Should my investment go to this project vs. a relief/multinational agency? How can music practically contribute to creating peace in the world?
There are great agencies doing good work providing relief on the ground to those in need throughout the world. These agencies respond during times of crisis yet there is very little noteworthy effort in terms of proactive nongovernmental projects in Western countries which have a positive effect on putting a human face to the people of the Middle East and urgently reversing the stereotype of "terrorism".
That's where this project comes in by sharing profound messages of peace from ancient Middle East based texts in original languages.
It's shared in a style that appeals to Western and Eastern audiences. The One with the Beloved project aims to spark interest in the more heartcentered aspects of Arabic, Persian, Kurdish, Jewish etc cultures as it progresses over its 3 year lifetime. It's goal is to start of wave of education and awareness through sacred music.
Music is a universal language of peace and the ancient Persian texts of Rumi have a mystical quality that is also universal. These texts not only speak to and unite the people of Abrahamic faiths, but they have been translated into 23 languages and are among the most popular pieces of literature in the East and the West. It's an experiential enrichment project that explores each individual's journey and brings together a combination of ingredients that has never been tried before in this way.Last updated:
Recording arts, original music, ancient literature and messages of peace, world and "living" music flavors, combined with meditative and deeply relaxing sounds, a tour, community outreach, interactive self-inquiry workshops inspired by Sufi practices, and other cultural awareness forums giving rise to a wide array of activities. All will be kickstarted by this campaign.Last updated:
Music is the central focus and the first step. Music becomes an access point that brings to life greater awareness about a culture and it's messages. This is sorely needed in an age of negative stereotypes. Through the production and release of the One with the Beloved album, our hope is to leverage Rumi's popularity and the growing popularity of the holistic world that embraces Rumi's peaceful philosophy. The album collects songs from a workshop for all ages entitled Connect to the Beloved. Connect to the Beloved uses music, rhythm, movement and sacred sounds to move beyond personal blockages that work against the way of inner peace. The workshop and other forthcoming arts projects are the interactive channels to share this music and the messages contained more widely with communities and throughout the world.Last updated:
Sufism is the mystical wing of Islam that promotes tolerance, acceptance, understanding,and unity. Sufis are known to use music, dance, art, chants and other forms of spiritual practices to raise their consciousness and draw down inspiration to improve their lives. Some have compared Sufism to Kabalah and other mystical traditions.Last updated:
Rumi (Jallaludin Rumi Al Bakh) is a 13th Century scholar, poet and saint whose life was transformed by the presence of his best friend, a Sufi spiritual master and vagabond monk, Shams of Tabriz. After their friendship suddenly ended, Rumi had a mystical experience which inspired thousands and thousands of poems and prose that have made him the most well known Sufi master and a literary giant in the world. He is the Persian equivalent of Shakespeare and his work is described as timeless and universal and continues to inspire art, music, poetry, dance, faith, men's groups and women's circles and communities everywhere,Last updated:
Shervin is a certified sound therapist born in Iran and raised in the West. He is not a practicing Sufi. His Iranian heritage, passion for sacred music and poetry, and his Persian language background are his main connection to the Sufi worl world. Shervin's own story and that of countless other Iranian refugees are not so different from the life of Rumi's. Shervin's goal of using live sacred music to connect people to their hearts and to deeply inspire reflects that of Rumi's Sufi message of harmony and peace across cultures. In his last album, "Spirit Night by CandleLight" Shervin composed, produced, sang and provided instrumentation for two Sufi-inspired songs in Persian and Arabic, one of which was a Rumi poem (Aan Del Bar Man). This new album expands on the style of these two songs, which are by far his most popular..Last updated:
How is Shervin, a certified sound therapist, qualified to be leading a music for Middle East peace project?
Before training as a sound therapist and sacred world musician, Shervin served for 9 years as a policy analyst and advisor in Sacramento and Washington DC. Part of that time he worked as a nonpartisan coalition strategist and top advisor on US-Iran policy for national peace and nonviolence groups. Shervin has helped draft and review policy briefs on the subject for the Obama Administration and worked with a number of congressional, nonprofit, and community leaders, Nobel Prize Laureates, ex military officials and Ambassadors as an advocate for avoiding war with Iran.Last updated:
A copy of the download will be available in September at the latestLast updated:
There plan to be 9 to 11 tracks on this album.Last updated:
Once the album is completed, Shervin will embark on his tour of Europe (Aug-October) which will involve workshops and live appearances throughout the European Union. Once the album is done, next steps also include a campaign to develop a theatrical production of Shervin's original storytelling presentation "The Story of Rumi and Shams", which premiered at the Bali Storytellers Festival in 2016.Last updated:
The tour will be in Europe, Asia, the US, Australia and other countries. The goal is to be in Europe between August and October 2017 and then in Asia, Australia and America in 2017-2018. We are aiming to reach many of the major cities in these locations including, but not limited to the following: London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, Milan, Rome, Athens, Ibiza, Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenberg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, New York, Miami, Toronto, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Perth, Bali, Koh Samui, Dubai, Istanbul.
Shervin is also reaching out to various civic, nongovernmental and nonprofit groups to arrange future Connect to the Beloved workshops for constituencies from different corners of society and parts of the world using the album you will fund as the central point.
If you know of any organizations or private groups who are interested in hosting or endorsing this project, please contact us at Shervin@soundhealingbali.comLast updated:
One with the Beloved will be a 3 year project--
Year One: Sufi inspired Album, Tour Launch
Years One and Two: Tour Continues, Community Forums and Theatrical Production
Year Three: New Artist Collaboration Campaign for a Second Album pertaining to other Middle East CulturesLast updated:
Shervin is founder of Sound Healing Bali and Founder/Director of the Bali Sound Healers Collective. An Iranian-born vocalist who presents sacred songs in multiple languages, he is a sound therapy practitioner and graduate of Fabien Maman’s Tama-Do “Way of the Soul” Academy (Started in 1988). Shervin’s multi-instrumental talents have taken his signature style of “Sound Medicine” to festivals and holistic venues worldwide. Per his specialized energy training with Tama-Do, and shamanic counseling skills from an apprenticeship with Robin Rice, Shervin applies vibrational therapy to unwind minds, soften hearts, and
nourish, energize and aid the body in self-recovery. Shervin’s voice on his debut CD, ‘Spirit Night By CandleLight’ is described by bestselling author and spiritualist, Margot Anand, as “Angelic.” www.soundhealingbali.com ,
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Music: http://shervinboloorian.bandcamp.com/Last updated:
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