Resonance: Convergence of Perspectives on Music and Spirituality

Resonance: A Convergence of Perspectives on Music and Spirituality
Saturday, February 5, 2005
Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Music is an incredibly powerful phenomenon that touches us in profound ways. For more and more people, music has transcended being simply a form of art or entertainment to become much more: a source of spirituality, of religious experience, and of connection to the divine. This approach to music points the way toward a new paradigm of the sacred for the twenty-first century, a universal spiritual language that unites rather than divides. This conference will examine music from this emerging paradigm of the sacred, exploring the connection between music and spirituality from a variety of perspectives, weaving them together into a larger whole, and providing a glimpse of a new landscape of sound and spirit.

Silvia Nakkach, award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, psychologist, and author of Music and the Human Process, Music in Human Adaptation, and The Transpersonal Consciousness.
Petr Janata, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California Davis, and leading researcher in brain science as relates to music.
Shanti Shivan, practitioner of Nada Yoga (Hindu mysticism of sound) and Indian classical vocal music in the Dhrupad tradition.
Luisah Teish, Lucumi/Yoruba priestess of Oshun, author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, Carnival of the Spirit: Seasonal Celebrations and Rites of Passage, and Jump Up: Seasonal Celebrations from the World’s Deep Traditions.
Robin Sylvan, Ph.D, leading researcher on the spiritual and religious dimensions of popular music, founder and director of the Sacred Center, and author of Traces of the Spirit.

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