Now introducing LOVEFEST, an eclectic celebration of love through music and dance. Poets and mystics throughout te ages have drawn on analogies of human love and courtship to convey the mysteries of divine relationship and yearning for self realization. Not defining The Beloved allows artistic expression to be an ode to a myriad of loves: spiritual love, earthly sensual love, as well as passion for social justice and freedom. Love has no limits. For this, The Beloved shall not be named.
Bhai Kabul Singh – The spiritual songs of the Sikhs – known as Kirtan – are
a music tradition hidden from most of the world. These mystic melodies and powerful rhythms are performed only in Sikh Temples. LOVEfest brings this sacred music to the concert stage for the very first time. The Bhai Kabul Singh trio of tabla, two harmoniums and three voices originates from the holy Golden Temple in Amritsar India. The group is currently based in Canada where they immigrated as political refugees in the 1980s.
Kiran Ahluwalia – Kiran is a two time JUNO (Canadian Grammy)
winner. Rooted in Indian and Pakistani music her songs are heavily influenced by Africa desert blues and jazz. She sings of divine love in the form of Sufi mysticism
and yearning sensual love in the style of her progressive Indian music. Her 5-piece group includes electric guitar, electric bass, tabla and accordion and voice.
Souad Massi – Born in Algeria, residing in France, Souad Massi is the most successful
female singer-songwriter in the Arabic speaking world. Her songs speak of freedom in Africa and the Arab world and of the creativity and tolerance that was the hallmark of early Muslim civilizations. Her new project at this festival will be an all female trio of voice, cello and luth.
Tanoura Dervish Dance – Tanoura is Sufi dance from Egypt. It is performed by men who spin continuously in the dervish style. This dynamic spinning is augmented with upper body movement and peeling off layers of colorful skirts. The circular movement is based on the philosophy that all movement in the world begins at a certain point and ends at the same point. The program will have two dancers and 3 musicians.