Aratani World Series 1

Be Part of our New Adventure

If you missed the World Festival of Sacred Music — 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 — you now have a chance to see our work in the inaugural Aratani World Series in Little Tokyo.

The World Festival of Sacred Music began in 1999 as a millennium project and was driven by the good will of artists, venues and a responsive public. Inspired by the message of His Holiness the Dalai Lama our work believes that music can help us transcend the boundaries of our own view of the world and invite us to experience the emotional bonds that we share with others.

The story of the World Festival of Sacred Music (WFSM) is being repeated, once again in the Aratani World Series. In 1999, we begin without funds or grants. Determined to be non-commercial and non-profit we want to reconnect with the thousands of people who supported WFSM in the past and find those people who are new to our work.

Don’t go to the concerts you know about, go to the ones you know nothing about! — Peter Sellars

We are determined to introduce artists and art forms deserving of public attention. Each year we will introduce artists well known to their own communities, but unknown to the rest of us.

When I worked with Peter Sellars on the 1990 L.A. Festival he used to say, “Don’t go to the concerts you know about, go to the ones you know nothing about!” Now, twenty-five years later I ask this of you again. Trust that the curatorial decisions for this series has one primary goal — to introduce you to a world that you may not know, but that is worth knowing.

Come to live performances where this is no commercial intervention between you and the artist’s voice. Surrender your own prejudice. As we have said many times in the WFSM, “Open your heart and listen.”

A Call to Action

Without funds for mass marketing we ask for your help by using the power of social media to spread the word or our series to like minded people. We hope you will join us for our inaugural concert, Cup of Java on November 29, 2014, and if you are interested, contact us to make a donation.

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  1. My wife Felicia and I along with several members of our Santa Barbara gamelan group Sinar Surya and planning to attend the concert on Saturday. It sounds wonderful–we are very excited. Thank you Judy for putting all this together!

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