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Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ashram Experience
MIAMI, FL (October, 2018) – What happens when you mix the mystical philosophy and music of India with the forward-leaning jazz of the legendary Alice Coltrane? That intoxicating, otherworldly yet deeply earthy music was nearly lost to history until David Byrne (of Talking Heads and more fame) and his Luaka Bop record label recently brought it back to the public with the release of a new album compilation. On Friday, October 12, South Florida audiences have the chance to hear that music live, from the Sai Anatam Singers, who originally performed Coltrane’s devotional compositions, including Alice’s musician daughter Michelle Coltrane, at the North Beach Bandshell, presented by The Rhythm Foundation.
Alice Coltrane was an acclaimed jazz musician, composer, and the wife of John Coltrane, the most venerated and influential saxophonist in the history of jazz. In 1967, John died, leaving Alice a widow with four small children. Bereft of her soul mate Alice turned to Indian spirituality, eventually opening the Shanti Anantam Ashram. Music was the foundation of Alice’s spiritual practice and during this time she released recordings inspired by jazz and the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed with the Indian music of her religious practice.
This unique concert event, led by Surya Botofasina, an actor and musician who grew up in Coltrane’s ashram, continues The Rhythm Foundation’s eclectic 2018 fall season. “We are all so excited to not only pay tribute to the iconic Alice Coltrane with this event, but also to bring this powerful spiritual and musically moving concert to our North Beach Bandshell” says Par Neiburger, Artistic Director of The Rhythm Foundation.
Tickets for the Friday, October 12, 8:00 pm Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ashram Experience concert are $30 in advance at tinyurl.com/AliceColtraneTix, and $35 at the door. The show takes place at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach (North Beach neighborhood), which is fully wheelchair accessible. Ample on-street and public lot metered parking is available. For more information visit RhythmFoundation.com or call (305) 672-5203. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, or any disability accommodation, please contact The Rhythm Foundation five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
The Rhythm Foundation, founded in 1988, is a non-profit cultural organization that is a foremost presenter of international music in the US. The Rhythm Foundation has presented concerts, festivals, and events featuring over 800 established and innovative artists from around the world. Special focus is given to those cultures connecting to South Florida audiences. In 2015 The Rhythm Foundation began year-round management of the North Beach Bandshell amphitheater for the City of Miami Beach. Their mission is to connect communities with the rich musical cultures of the world, with the aim of increasing global awareness through the presentation of live music as well as build and strengthen the diverse communities in South Florida through consistent shared cultural experiences.
Support for The Rhythm Foundation, and this performance, comes in part from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the City of Miami Beach, the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Miami Beach Mayor and the City Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.