I have been so fortunate to be invited to South Korea the last couple years. In Autumn 2006 and 2007 I performed at concerts in Seoul and at the HwaEomSa Buddhist temple at Jiri Mountain(Jirisan). I was part of a “Spiritual Music Ritual” that included musicians from Tibet, Mongolia, India, Japan, the Iriquois Nation, Korea and monks from the monastery chanting and playing their traditional drums.
The first year we performed” Praises for the World” together, weaving the sounds of so many beautiful traditions, and languages. This past fall we performed songs accompanied by a band of young talented Korean musicians, playing traditional and contemporary instruments including the extraordinary Jaeil Jung (one of Korea’s most esteemed young pop and traditional musicians). Please check out the video and gallery section to view live concert video and photos.
I will be returning to Korea next fall to teach a workshop in Daegu. It is a great gift to spend time outside of the USA in another culture and realize that there are so many people in the world creating art and movements for peace and justice. In fact in my travels to Korea I have been very happy to discover a thriving feminist movement and a great interest in non-traditional and non-patriarchal spiritual traditions.