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Rumi’s Caravan – Benefit Concert for Center for Climate Protection
Thursday, August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Benefit for The Center for Climate Protection
Join us for an evening of live poetry and music performed in the ecstatic tradition, celebrating the art of Rumi, Hafiz, and other mystic poets in our enchanting Japanese Meditation Garden.
Rumi’s Caravan is an all-volunteer ensemble, and 100 percent of net proceeds will be donated to The Center for Climate Protection. For over fifteen years Rumi’s Caravan has been part of a growing international renaissance of interest in poetry learned and shared by heart. In this small way they hope to contribute to the restoration of the wholeness of the world.
Caravan poets include Kay Crista, Larry Robinson and Doug von Koss accompanied by Violinist Cynthia Albers, flutist Lars Johannesson and percussionist Tobias Roberson ( see their following bios.) Together they will celebrate the world’s cultural and spiritual traditions with the sublime power of performance poetry.
Performance by Rumi’s Caravan
Cynthia Albers (violin, viola) has performed as a violinist and violist across the USA, Europe and China. Inspired by a wealth of outstanding teachers and musical partnerships, her work has ranged from recording at Skywalker Ranch with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to performing Mozart Quartets on the Great Wall of China. A decade of summers were dedicated to playing music, from folk to classical, on the beaches of the Rogue and Klamath rivers, for white water rafting adventures. Locally, Ms. Albers is known for developing the strings program at the Sebastopol independent Charter School, and is a former director of the Summerfild Waldorf High School orchestra.
Lars Johannesson was born in a Swedish family and has lived in Liberia, Sweden, Holland and the San Francisco Bay Area. Lars studied modern and Baroque flute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland. He teaches and performs with numerous local and Bay Area ensembles and orchestras, and loves playing Irish and Swedish folk music as a diversion from the ‘classical’ repertoire.
Tobias Roberson is known for his innovative style and improvisational ability on the Middle Eastern Doumbek and Flamenco Cajon. Performing and teaching for 15 years, he has collaboratedwith many artists including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, eastern European vocal Kitka, body percussionist Keith Terry and top belly dance stars including Rachel Brice & The Indigo and Fat Chance Belly Dance. He is a featured artist on more than 20 CDs and DVDs spanning many genres. Tobias’ love of music has taken him to many corners of the earth including Egypt, Turkey, Greece and 4 1/2 years in Mysore, India. There, he studied classical Carnatic music on violin, veena and voice with local musicians and yogic lifestyle, philosophy and Sanskrit under Dr. K.L.S. Shankaranarayana Jois.