Southwest Michigan Taize Collective with guest artist Elden Kelly
Date(s) - Thursday, November 14, 2013
Kalamazoo Nature Center
A multi-faith, nature-themed taize program with Carolyn Koebel and friends. There will be a pre-concert instrument petting zoo.
The ensemble consists of core members Carolyn Koebel, Rainbow Weldon, and Heather and Janice Marsh-Prelesnik. They will be joined in this program by vocalist Beth Patterson, bassist Jon Moody, and multi-string virtuoso Elden Kelly.
The ensemble will invite young listeners to a pre-show preview of instruments and sounds at 6:30. This time will be an opportunity for new listeners to experience the kinesthetic vibrations of the gongs and singing bowls that will be woven into the Taize experience. The program will include music, songs, chants, and meditations from a host of the world’s most beloved spiritual traditions, with an underlying theme of the natural world.
The Southwest Michigan Taize Collective came together nearly three years ago out of a shared interest in multi-cultural, inter-faith ministry. Group members backgrounds and interests include Judeo-Christianity, Sufism, Paganism, Shamanism, Baha’i teachings, Native wisdom, and the New Thought movement. This program also acknowledges music from Islamic traditions, Bhakti Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism and indigenous peoples.
Guest artist Elden Kelly holds degrees of distinction from the New England Conservatory in jazz studies and contemporary improvisation, and a graduate degree in ethno-musicology from Michigan State University. His specific interests include classical Indian music and Turkish music, bringing the diverse voices of the glissentar and Turkish banjo to the taize experience. He previously appeared at the MFSM presenting a program of original settings of Baha’i prayers in song.