Upcoming Concerts
Global Harmony receives Meet the Composer Grant

Roseville, MN December 6, 2007 – Global Harmony has received a MetLife Creative Connections award from Meet The Composer. This is allowing us to invite Jim Berenholtz, composer/performer/ethnomusicologist as a composer-in-residence. Jim has been commissioned to compose a piece for us, using pre-Columbian instruments and vocal techniques. He is using ancient Mayan texts. Jim will be here for several rehearsals, as well as the performances (he will perform on some fascinating instruments!), and he will present a class on pre-Columbian music.

Saturday, February 9 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm

All rehearsals and performances are held at North Como Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Lexington and Victoria in Roseville MN.

 

 

Recent Concerts

 

 

 

 

HATSHEPSUT
Friday, November 4th
In celebration of "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh", the featured exhibition at the new de Young Museum, the museum is hosting the San Francisco premiere of "The Psalms of RA", my album of new music set to ancient Hebrew and Egyptian texts. The performance will be part of the de Young's series "Perspectives of Life, Death, and the Afterlife". This music also forms the soundtrack of the audio tour for the Hatshepsut exhibit, running through February 2006.
When: Friday, November 4th at 6:30 and 7:45pm.
Where: the Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
Tickets: ONLY $5 FOR NON-MEMBERS! Free to de Young members and exhibition ticket holders.

"The Psalms of RA" is a symbolic journey through the passage of a full day. From sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, the recordings move the listener through time, from birth to life to death to rebirth. Many of the texts are in ancient Hebrew and Egyptian, and many are derived from the Egyptian "Book of Coming Forth into Day," otherwise known as "The Book of the Dead".

Our show includes a 9 member chorus, plus 16 piece chamber orchestra of winds, strings and percussion combining both symphonic and traditional Middle Eastern instruments. Among the featured performers are conductor Juan Felipe Orrego, flautist-extraordinaire Viviana Guzman, Persian master-instrumentalist Nejad, and harpist Ani Williams, who has done extensive research on sound healing and acoustics in ancient Egyptian temples.

The experience of The Psalms of RA is the feeling of being beneath the brilliant starry sky of a Saharan night, or witnessing the glory of sunrise from the inner sanctum of a temple. We hope you'll join us.

 

 

MUSIC OF THE SOUL'S JOURNEY
Life, Death and Rebirth in Ancient Egypt and the Near East.

A Series of Concerts by Composer Jim Berenholtz and Fellow Musicians from "The Psalms of RA".
Conceived to coincide with three major simultaneous museum exhibitions of Egyptian antiquities in California.


Monday, September 26,
at 6, 8 and 10pm

The Alchemy Building, 5209 Wilshire Blvd (near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, site of “TUTANKHAMUN and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs).

Sponsored by The World Festival of Sacred Music.
2005 World Festival of Sacred Music - Los Angeles (September 17 to October 2) 1,000 artists and 43 sacred events of music and movement over 16 days, in venues all over the Los Angeles area -crossing neighborhoods, cultural, religious and ideological boundaries in the spirit of world peace.
WWW.FESTIVALOFSACREDMUSIC.ORG

Sunday, October 2, at 4:30pm

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Orange County (site of “MUMMIES: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt”)

Friday, November 4th, at 6:30pm

The De Young Museum of Art, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
(site of “Daughter of Re: HATSHEPSUT, King of Egypt”)

The ritual life of ancient Egyptians was deeply concerned with the journey of the soul. Ceremonial texts found in such classic writings as "The Book of the Dead", as well as in more iconiclastical works such as Akhenaten's "Hymn to the Sun", metaphorically relate the passage of the sun through day and night to the human experience of birth, life, death and rebirth.

Inspired by these ancient texts, and overcome by the death of both his parents within less than 9 months of each other, composer Berenholtz of San Francisco began creating a body of musical work entitled "The Psalms of RA". In it he set many ancient Egyptian texts to his own new music, as well as setting comparable texts from the Hebrew and Sumerian traditions, among others. His intent was to honor the journey of life and death, to demonstrate the parallel ritual threads of ancient Near Eastern traditions that speak to a universal human experience, and to celebrate the sun as our common ancestor, thus offering a new vision of a spiritual foundation for peace in the Middle East.

This autumn, much of the music from "The Psalms of RA" will be premiered in California, in connection with three landmark exhibitions of Egyptian antiquities, two of which will subsequently go nationwide. Choral pieces, as well as chamber music featuring Western symphonic instruments combined with traditional Near Eastern winds, strings and percussion, will be performed. Composer Berenholtz will be among those performing, and will explain to the audience how the various texts, performed in the ancient languages, relate to the journey of the soul. He will also elaborate on his
orchestration choices as they relate to the kind of instruments used in ancient times. This promises to be a very special state-wide tour of live contemporary sacred music.

 

 

 


A.R.E. of New York
Edgar Cayce Center

“To Manifest the Love of God in Service to
Humanity.”

241 West 30th Street,
(West of 7th Ave.)
2nd Floor
Buzz in #102
New York, NY 10001
(212) 691-7690
www.arenyc.org

Non-profit, volunteer organization. Memberships available.
Donations gratefully accepted.

“Be glad you have the
opportunity to be alive at this time, and to be a part
of that preparation for the
coming influences of a
spiritual nature that must
rule the world.”
—Cayce reading 2376-3

All are welcome!

Sunday, July 31, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

JIM BERENHOLTZ is a multifaceted artist who has been training with native cultures in the living wisdom of the Earth for over 30 years.

Whether as musician or dancer, writer or speaker, painter or photographer, ritualist or bodyworker, he is devoted to bringing forth the organic intelligence that is natural to our species. His passionate blend of arts and activism celebrates unity in diversity while building bridges for peace.

As a composer, he weaves together the classical and contemporary musical styles of the Western world with the indigenous sounds of ancient and native cultures. Jim’s works as a writer include Journey to the Four Directions (Bear & Co., Santa Fe, NM.1993) and as a painter, his specialty is mandalas, including the one now gracing the A.R.E. Center’s reception area.

Music, Prophecy and Sacred Ceremony in celebration of our new Center’s first year!

With musician & ceremonial artist Jim Berenholtz

Jim joins Center Director Lynne Miceli, members and friends of our A.R.E. Community, as we celebrate our first anniversary in our new space.
He will interweave music on native flutes, poetry and song with stories of three sacred beings that figure prominently in Native American prophetic traditions—White Buffalo Calf Woman (Lakota), Kokopelli, the Humpbacked Flute Player (Hopi) and Ketzalkoatl, the Feathered Serpent (Toltek).
Jim will also guide us in a participatory ritual experience honoring the Four Directions and invoking a second year of good energy, enlightenment and healing.

AT-DOOR ADMISSION: $10, CENTER MEMBERS FREE
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM


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Xochimoki
Friday, Oct 15 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco
100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park

 

On Friday, Oct 15 from 6:30 - 8:30pm, Xochimoki (Jim Berenholtz and Mazatl Galindo) perform a concert with ancient Mayan instruments at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, in conjunction with the exhibit "Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya" (Sept 4 to Jan 2). The program will also include ritual, dance, and visual projections of ancient Mayan temples and pyramids photographed by Jim on his many journeys through Mayaland. This program is part of the "Magnificent Maya Fridays" evening event series at the Legion of Honor Museum during the course of the Maya exhibition.

General admission for the concert is $8; entrance into the exhibit is an additional $7.

 

Peace Fest 2004
Saturday, Sept 25, 11 AM - 5:30 PM
Speedway Meadows
Golden Gate Park, SF.
admission free

Noon Concert

Jim Berenholtz and fellow musicians Lisa Rafel (voice), Phyllis Addison (voice), Brian Gore (guitar) and Rob Chavez (clarinet) perform music from "The Psalms of RA". Excerpts will include "Kaddish" and "Kabbalistic Cross" in commemoration of Yom Kippur.

 

 

The San Jose Chamber Orchestra performs
"END TIMES"

Sunday February 29th, 2004.
7 PM. :
Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose

A concert of works by Messiaen, Mahler and Berenholtz.

Featuring the world premiere performances of Berenholtz's "Psalm 104" and "Blue Star" from "The Psalms of RA".

With
Barbara Day Turner, conductor
and
Viviana Guzman, flautist.

 

 

composer@jimberenholtz.com