Show the Love at Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD
The Spirit Experience: Love Thy Neighbor
The Spirit Experience returns on Saturday, Dec. 17 @ 5 PM with an incredibly creative, gifted, and diverse group of artists who embody the spirit of life and love in and through their work. Fariduddin 'Fred' Johnson's expertise is in bringing people together from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds to create artistic forums for learning, sharing, reconciliation, vision and hope. He has spent the past 16 years working in America, Europe, and the Middle East presenting programs on the power of creative expression as a tool for personal well-being and healing. As a student for nine years of West African natural healing indigenous music traditions, he brings to the contemporary world a fusion of ancient sound traditions, coupled with 21st-century science on the power of the vibration universe. Huda Asfour grew up in Tunis, Gaza, and Ramallah and her artistry involves the reinterpretation of Arabic and folk music. Following the inspiration of her grandfather she performs on the oud and sings songs that stem from her Palestinian roots. Amadou Kouyate performs music of Senegal and Mali in the tradition of his ancestors. His presentations on the 21-string kora and the djembe, in repertoire ranging from the 13th century to contemporary jazz fusion, have been lauded for their authenticity and artistry. He has taught Ethnomusicology and is a Maryland State Arts Council awardee. Steve Jones' deep love of jazz is reflected in his artistry on the piano. He is the composer of the jazz opera about organizing in the 1930s, “Forgotten: The Murder at the Ford Rouge Plant,” which premiered to wonderful acclaim in March 2004. Childcare for infants & toddlers will be provided. A love offering to support the Interfaith Refugee Families Support Network and the Spirit Experience will be gratefully received. Holiday refreshments will be served. Bring your family, friends, & neighbors!
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