Love nurtures and sustains us, and through it we come to know ourselves, each other and our life journey. Rumi, the great 13th century Sufi poet, offers us an opportunity to deepen our capacity to love and be loved. His ecstatic poems reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity and the divine. I was first introduced to Rumi by my wife, Lisa and other poet friends. I had always been drawn to ecstatic experience and the feeling of a larger reality that was bigger than the self, and in Rumi I found the possibility of transcendence and words that were just as powerful as the music that I had always felt at my core. I find an unexplainable resonance with Rumi's words written in the 13th century that somehow speak so directly to us, without all of the trappings of modern society and contemporary references. They seem to cut through all that and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy. My musical journey began with singing folk songs and show tunes with my family and it brought a warmth, connectness and bonding like nothing else. I was especially inspired singing songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye and began to write songs and to develop my own musical voice. In college I found a whole new world of incredible players and shifted my focus to instrumental work, learning to improvise and accompany dancers with atmospheric and lyrical guitar. Today, these many influences come together in these heartfelt explorations of “Rumi In Song”.
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Michael London's music is inspired by the deeply moving, transcendental poetry of Rumi, the 13th century Persian Sufi mystic. He performs in concert, at workshops and conferences, and in support of sacred rituals. He is also a teacher of leadership, organizational behavior, creativity, and management at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Michael records his original compositions in the meditative space of his own recording studio.
"I heard Michael's music for the first time on WXPN (Gene Shay's show) and was blown away by the ways in which he wove the exquisite poetry of Rumi with his own inspired musical creations. Hearing him in concert less than a week later, the intensity of the passion and magic increased 100-fold. Sitting in the audience, surrounded by souls listening with rapt attention, I was moved with a certainty that the poet himself was whispering in Michael's ear throughout the performance. At turns, deeply peaceful and vibrantly energetic. What a gift!" - Edie Weinstein Moser LSW
"Refuge", Live at PSALM Salon 2012
On the above videos:
Michael London - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
Paul Butler - Clarinet and Sax
Jim Hamilton - Percussion
Sound - Jamey Riley
Below, we add Phyllis Chapell on vocals and Kenny Ulansey on Soprano Sax on "The Reed" .