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Rumi: An 800th Birthday Party, with Coleman Barks, and master musicians
King Middle School Auditorium
Berkeley, CA
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Rumi: An 800th Birthday Party, with Coleman Barks, and master musicians
An 800th Birthday Party
and master musicians
Stephen Kent, Geoffrey Gordon, Sukhawat Ali Khan, and Kris Yenney
Introduced by Shams Kairys

February 2, Saturday, 8 pm
King Middle School
1781 Rose Street
North Berkeley

A concert for wisdom, joy, tenderness, laughter, and the enlightened mingling of our  

Benefit: KPFA (listener-supported) Radio, 94.1FM  
Tickets: beginning January 1, 2008:  $15 advance, $20 door, at independent bookstores or on-Line: or 510.848-6767X609 Supported by Poetry Flash & Open Exchange.

JELALUDDIN RUMI, born in 1207 in medieval Persia (present day Afghanistan), was widely recognized while still young as a brilliant scholar and popular teacher. Meeting at 37 the wandering Sufi dervish Shams of Tabriz transformed Rumi into an astonishingly powerful artist, ecstatic poet, and spiritual force as profoundly meaningful now as he was eight centuries ago, when a flock of scribes gathered and walked with him, writing down his spoken words, the prose poems that remain so inspiring today.

COLEMAN BARKS is clearly responsible for much of Rumis current impact. An internationally renowned poet, translator and bestselling author of The Essential Rumi, The Soul of Rumi, Rumi: The Book of Love, and The Drowned Book. He was prominently featured in Bill Moyerss PBS television series on poetry, The Language of Life and Fooling With Words. Barks taught English and poetry at the University of Georgia for thirty years, and now focuses on writing, readings, and performances. Deepak Chopra notes that readingRumi by Coleman Barks is an ecstatic experience that will shift your awareness and give you true exaltation of your own spirit.

STEPHEN KENT, didjeridu master and founder of the groups Trance Mission, Lights in a Fat City, Beasts of Paradise & Furious Pig, has made five solo CDs and performed on many other imminent releases including Oil & Water and Living Labyrinths. His musical collaborations include artists as diverse as Tuvan throat-singers Chirgilchin, Korean Samulnori Drummers, frame drum wizard Glen Velez, Japanese Taiko luminary Leonard Eto, Markus James & the Wassonrai, flute legend Paul Horn, and Airto Moreira. Kent spent a day at Stanford University opening for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He performs to large and expanding audiences all over the world.  (

GEOFFREY GORDON has performed on major motion picture soundtracks, on many popular recordings, and on the Broadway stage in Tony Award winning shows. He's composed and performed music for renowned dancers, poets, storytellers, shamans, and yogis. He's also recorded with R. Carlos Nakai & Nawang Khechog, Gabrielle Roth, Jim Wilson, Stephen Kent, Coleman Barks, Dave Liebman and many others.Geoffrey has performed at The United Nations, Avery Fisher Hall, the Asia Society, the Jung Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, the Jewish Theological Seminary, in E



King Middle School Auditorium
1781 Rose St
Berkeley, CA 94703
United States

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