We have added another evening —
** Tickets are nearly sold out. There will be waitlist only at the door, and we can not guarantee admission if you do not have a ticket.**
Monday, March 20th, 7pm.
Tuesday, March 21st, 7pm.
New tickets released!
Join us for this special celebration, featuring the poetry of RUMI, mystical stories, Persian vocals, percussion, and whirling Semazens, as we celebrate life, love, and the coming of Spring.
With Juliet Rabia Gentile, Haleh Liza & Amin Sarshar
Rumi wrote ecstatic love poems that are guides for inner transformation. Through his words sung in Persian as well as recited in new translations, we will hear about the experiences, joys, and challenges of his mystical journey, and delve with him into the sacred mystery of divine and human love. His inspiring words, the melodies, percussion, whirling, and group breathing and vocalization practices carried over fourteen centuries by Sufi mystics, like Rumi, Hafez, Rabia al Basra, and Khabir, will open our hearts, clear and focus our minds, and uplift our souls. We may experience for a time what they have meant by «one body, one breath.»
$20 in advance
$25 on the door
Haleh Liza is a poet and musician born in NYC of Persian descent. She has toured through the US and Europe playing venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Bonnaroo Festival, and the Mimi Fest in Marseilles with past projects, Haale and The Mast. Her poems have been published by Columbia University Press and Rattapallax Press and she has recited her poems at the MET, the Fetzer Institute's Gathering for Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy, and most recently Verses of Hope hosted by Brainpickings and the Academy of American Poets. She has given talks on Rumi's poetry at various venues including Dartmouth University, University of Cincinnati, and the Wanderlust festival. She lives in Brooklyn where she is currently working on a book of poems on rivers, and a book of translations of Rumi's poetry. Hear poems and translations at HalehLiza.com Haleh Liza
Juliet Rabia Gentile holds a Master’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s Degree from New School University. Juliet is a spiritual representative of her teacher, Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi Order. Juliet served as a spiritual minister of Faith House Manhattan, an interfaith center in Manhattan and has lectured widely on Sufism throughout New York City at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Union Theological, Auburn Seminary and One Spirit Learning Alliance. She teaches whirling both privately and in groups in NYC. She also performs as a vocalist in several ensembles including American Sufi Project, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Adam Maalouf and The Tribe, I Guillari di Piazza, and Saqi Ensemble.
Amin Sarshar is originally from Hamadan, Iran and has performed with various ensembles. He was also classically trained to sing Persian Ghazals under the Persian Dastagh system. He received his PHD in mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.