October 7, 1999
L.A. Becomes Eclectic
The Bergamot Station celebrates five years as a Westside art oasis
"The World Festival of Sacred Music--The Americas," a 9-day multicultural program initiated by his holiness the Dalai Lama, kicks off this weekend with a mind-boggling schedule of over eighty concerts and "musical happenings" that cover an eclectic range of styles and ethnicities of almost anything that can broadly be called "sacred" in places where you might not expect them. Here are our picks for the hot shows to catch:
&'009;* Sacred Music and Dance of Cambodia and Bali: If you enjoy Gamelan music, this one's a sure bet. Saturday, October 9, 8:00 pm at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA
&'009;* Sacred Americas Concert: An international extravaganza with an address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama that finishes with the L. A. Philharmonic performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Sunday, October 10, 4:00 pm at the Hollywood Bowl.&'009;
&'009;* Mystic Voices: Hindu and Sufi devotional music. Tuesday, October 12, 8:00 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles.
&'009;* Jai Uttal & the Pagan Love Orchestra: Traditional Indian music meets Jazz in a swingin' take on world music. Tuesday, October 12, 8:00 pm at Agape International Center of Truth, Culver City.
&'009;* Jocelyn Montgomery: Performing the otherworldly songs of mediaeval genius Hildegard von Bingen. Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm at Sinai Temple, West Los Angeles.
&'009;* The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred music and dance by the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. Levitation optional. Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm at the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture, Westwood.
&'009;* Sacred Voices of Women: Jewish, Armenian, Ethiopian, Bosnian and Croatian songs for choir and soloists. Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center, CSUN.
&'009;* Women of Spirit: Latin American songs meet a melding of Gregorian and Indian chant. Featuring Perla Ballata and Sacred Fusion. Thursday, October 14, 7:00 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles.
&'009;* Andre Crouch Choir & Cantor All Stars: Gospel's finest meets a collection of Reform Movement Cantors. You'll spend most of this one on your feet. Thursday, October 14, 7:30 pm at Temple Israel, Hollywood.
&'009;* Vas: World music group blends Persian, Indian and Western styles with the Turkish Sufi musician, Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Thursday, October 14, 8:00 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center, West Los Angeles.
&'009;* Songs From the Soul: Courtyard concert featuring the Bata Cuban drum ensamble, Cal Arts Gamelon Orchestra and members of the Cahuilla Bird Singers. Friday, October 15, 7:00 pm at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.
&'009;* Geri Keams & Spiritual Devotional Music of Sri Lanka: Navajo chants and Sri Lankan music from Bhadraji. Saturday, October 16, 7:00 pm at Temple Isaiah, West Los Angeles.
&'009;* The Poetry of Peace, Spiritual Music of the Middle East: Israeli Ensemble Sheva make alchemy of their Jewish and Arabic roots. If Dead-Can-Dance were authentic, they'd sound like these guys. Features Omar Faruk Tek Bilek with guests Ali Jihad Racy and Jai Uttal. Saturday, October 16, 7:00 pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood.
&'009;* Ihu: Brazilian musicain Marlui Miranda presents indigenous songs and chants of the Amazon. Sunday October 17, 2:00 pm at at Sinai Temple, West Los Angeles.
&'009;For more information call The World Festival of Sacred Music--The Americas Hotline at (310) 208-2784 or check out their website at www.wfsm.org/americas.