World Festival of Sacred Music-LA

World Festival of Sacred Music-LA From the creators of Aratani World Series - the World Festival of Sacred Music founded in 1999 by Judy Mitoma is a project of Foundation for World Arts (FWA) -a not-for-profit organization committed to peace, cultural understanding.
The World Festival of Sacred Music- Los Angeles (WFSM) founded in 1999 is the foundation for all our programming including the Aratani World Series (AWS) (2015-2017). WFSM is a project of Foundation for World Arts (FWA). FWA has provided administrative, planning and production support for the Bali based music and dance non-profit Gamelan Cudamani. As the American based admin for their USA tours, FWA has also assisted in promoting and overseeing the international teaching program, the Cudamani Summer Institute (2007- present) and recently the Cudamani Arts, Culture, and Environment tour (2017-present). These outreach efforts are a part of the long range support of the village teaching program.
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From the creators of ARATANI WORLD SERIES, The World Festival of Sacred Music-Los Angeles founded in 1999 (WFSM-LA) presents programs in the performing arts that are diverse and inclusive and we aspire to creating long-lasting relationships between individuals, artists, and organizations both here and abroad. WFSM is a project of Foundation for World Arts. FWA is a Los Angeles based not-for-profit organization committed to peace, cultural understanding, and universal responsibility. We believe that cultural exchange through the arts promote tolerance, understanding, and is a viable strategy that builds trust and empathy across racial, cultural, and geographic boundaries. Since its creation, FWA has brought together tens of thousands of people of diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, including artists of all types, community and religious leaders, educators, and students. FWA accomplished its goal through the city-wide WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC- LOS ANGELES (1999-2011). In 2014 the FWA launched a partnership initiative with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center– the ARATANI World Series. From 2014-2017 the FWA produced eighteen concerts presenting music and dance from Angola, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Ghana, Hawaii, India, Iran, Japan, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Philippines, as well as our own urban sounds like Cumbia, Hip Hop, etc. FWA supports artists who are seldom seen on the concert stage, we present performing arts that are new and unfamiliar to our mainstream audiences, we present works with an education objective in mind while dignifying artists with excellent production values. We are privileged to advocate for an inclusive platform that is not driven by the demands of the commercial/entertainment popular marketplace. We seek your support as we move forward with out efforts. Curator and Producer, Judy Mitoma

Mission: All of our projects are founded on broadbased participation, volunteerism, leadership of our artist partners, and an environmentally responsible working style. We know it is possible to promote and successfully sell events entirely with social media, no paper, no paid ads. We wish to reach out using this page to a broad cross section of the public. Common denominator is a desire to know more about this world we live in by bearing witness to the long held artistic practices and the dedicated people who persevere despite our hyper media-driven world. We join in honoring and celebrating the values embedded in those expressions and feel connected as we sit with like minded people.

the stage is the temple the dance an act of worship. Witness a beautiful evening of classical Indian dance by acclaimed ...
09/06/2019
Malavika Sarukkai

the stage is the temple the dance an act of worship. Witness a beautiful evening of classical Indian dance by acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai with musicians from India. Sat Sept 28. Broad Stage. Santa Monica.

MALAVIKA SARUKKAI performs DARSHAN (encountering the divine). One of the world’s greatest dancers...The New York Times. Extraordinary and luminous are the qualities that distinguish Malavika Sarukkai’s dancing. The most important and visionary dance artist from India, Sarukkai is an exponent of ...

Escape to Bali this summer with the spectacular Çudamani artist community. Çudamani Summer Institute June 23-July 9, 201...
04/05/2019
Send your postcard from Bali this summer!

Escape to Bali this summer with the spectacular Çudamani artist community. Çudamani Summer Institute June 23-July 9, 2019. cudamani.org Cudamani #bali
Dewa Berata Emiko Saraswati Susilo #gamelan #balinesedance

Experience a truly unique opportunity to learn Balinese music and dance on the island of Bali with the spectacular Çudamani artists.

Cudamani brings the power & beauty of Balinese music & dance to Bay area. Last show on US tour: March 3-UC Berkeley Hert...
02/27/2018
YOU MUST WITNESS CUDAMANI. Spectacular & Evocative -LA Times

Cudamani brings the power & beauty of Balinese music & dance to Bay area. Last show on US tour: March 3-UC Berkeley Hertz Hall.

Powerfully received by California audiences with standing ovations at every show, Bali’s 25 member music & dance ensemble prepares for 2 final shows. Feb 28 Stanford Live & March 3 UC Berkeley-Hertz Hall.

LA Dance Chronicle- calls Cudamani's concert at Broad Stage -"a beautiful tribute to the goddess of the Earth with movem...
02/21/2018
Gamelan Çudamani Enchants LA with Exquisite Balinese Music and Dancer

LA Dance Chronicle- calls Cudamani's concert at Broad Stage -"a beautiful tribute to the goddess of the Earth with movement that mesmerized with its consistent precision- musicians speaking to each other with their gamelan." Jeff Slayton Dewa Anu

The Balinese company Gamelan Çudamani is about to embark on its 20th Anniversary Tour and I was fortunate enough to attend the astonishing performance of their BHUMI-Mother Earth at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Produced by World Festival of Sacred Music-LA, each of the works was selected to hon...

LA TIMES calls Cudamani's first show on California Tour ..."a world view-with stunning immediacy-astonishingly good. Lis...
02/20/2018
The musical view from Mexico and Bali (by way of Northridge and Santa Monica)

LA TIMES calls Cudamani's first show on California Tour ..."a world view-with stunning immediacy-astonishingly good. Listening to and watching our planet with utter attention....there is nothing like this". Anu

How do cultures on opposite sides of the planet interpret the Earth and its mythology? A notebook comparing the mariachi opera “To Cross the Face of the Moon” and the elaborate gamelan/dance production “Bhumi-Mother Earth,” by the great Cudamani ensemble from Bali.

Energy is high. Visas arrived. Tickets purchased. Artists getting ready to journey to CALI....Come to Santa Monica on Su...
02/08/2018
You deserve a trip to Bali. Just around the corner see Bali at it’s best

Energy is high. Visas arrived. Tickets purchased. Artists getting ready to journey to CALI....Come to Santa Monica on Sun Feb 18 and fill your soul with wonder. Your tickets festivalofsacredmusic.org
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#gamelan #bali Dewa Emiko #thingstodoinsantamonica #familyfriendly #music #dance #worldfestivalofsacredmusic

Brilliant performers, stunning cohesion and superbly compelling – LA Times

Coming to Santa Monica Sun Feb 18. Tickets festivalofsacredmusic.org Music & Dance of Bali-Cudamani presents BHUMI-Mothe...
02/03/2018
Cudamani brings power & beauty of Balinese music & dance to Santa Monica.

Coming to Santa Monica Sun Feb 18. Tickets festivalofsacredmusic.org
Music & Dance of Bali-Cudamani presents BHUMI-Mother Earth #gamelan #bali Dewa Emiko Dewa Ayu

Witness the vibrant synergy of the 25 member Gamelan orchestra and brilliance of dancers whose every movement, gesture, musical note is executed with devotion and ecstasy.

WE ARE MADE of THE SAME ELEMENTS AS THE EARTH. WE ARE OF THE EARTH. #worldfestivalofsacredmusic presents MUSIC & DANCE O...
01/15/2018
First Stop on USA Tour- 2/18 The Broad Stage- GAMELAN CUDAMANI FROM BALI

WE ARE MADE of THE SAME ELEMENTS AS THE EARTH. WE ARE OF THE EARTH. #worldfestivalofsacredmusic presents MUSIC & DANCE OF Bali.
CUDAMANI - Bali's most forward thinking gamelan ensemble honors mother earth in US premiere of BHUMI.
Tickets only at festivalofsacredmusic.org

A voyage into Bali with Çudamani music and dance ensemble

SO EXCITED to share straight from Ubud, Pengosekan, Bali this gorgeous, funny, warm, richly inspiring podcast from Cudam...
01/11/2018
Empty Heart Podcast Ep 1

SO EXCITED to share straight from Ubud, Pengosekan, Bali this gorgeous, funny, warm, richly inspiring podcast from Cudamani artists & family preparing for the California Tour. Emiko Dewa Dewa

Our first Podcast Episode! First of a series of episodes that will take you along with us on the journey of preparing for our 2018 tour to the US. The first episode gives you a listen into a new chang

As Mt. Agung Volcano rumbles beneath their feet, the 25 member Cudamani ensemble rehearse their new full-length work bas...
11/22/2017

As Mt. Agung Volcano rumbles beneath their feet, the 25 member Cudamani ensemble rehearse their new full-length work based on the theme of nature-BHUMI-MOTHER EARTH. festivalofsacredmusic.org for LA show & California Tour 2018. Artistic Directors-Dewa Berata & Emiko Saraswati Susilo #agungvolcano

Coming Soon. From the creators of the Aratani World Series -our #worldfestivalofsacredmusic will bring to Los Angeles a ...
10/11/2017

Coming Soon. From the creators of the Aratani World Series -our #worldfestivalofsacredmusic will bring to Los Angeles a phenomenal concert tour filled with devotion and ecstasy. Details soon.

08/31/2017
Cudamani

Cudamani

A rare opportunity to see Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Emiko Saraswati Susilo dance together in a classical Legong that is seldom performed. Added bonus is appearance of Dewa Ayu Dewa Ayu Dewi Larassanti dancing with her mom. Three generations dance to the loving music of Gamelan Cudamani. This is an example of the curatorial wisdom found in the 2017 Cudamani Festival

06/05/2017

We end our three year run at JACCC with the beautiful music of Cambalache. Your support over these years has kept us going. We believe in the riches of our world, we believe that the arts can create a cultural commons that connects us and affirms our shared connections. We thank JACCC for trusting us and supporting our every effort. We thank all the artists who gave their best for every show we presented. We wish each and every artist every success and happiness- Anu, Monica, Marcia and I had a great run- we will keep you posted about our next adventure- Judy Mitoma

Get to know the charismatic Cesar Castro ahead of his appearance with Los Cambalache at Aratani World Series on Sat June...
05/27/2017

Get to know the charismatic Cesar Castro ahead of his appearance with Los Cambalache at Aratani World Series on Sat June 3. Cesar is joined by a strong cast of remarkable artists-– Together they showcase ways in which music from Veracruz has enriched our lives in LA & beyond. A once in a life-time concert-- so intimate it will feel as if they are singing just for you! SAT JUNE 3. bit.ly/CambalacheAratani Code "Cambalache" for special season finale discount! Aratani Theatre-Los Angeles.
Cesar Xochi Sandoval Louie Perez Gutiérrez Rocio Maya Martha Quetzal Herrera #arataniworldseries #sonjarocho #losangeles

05/21/2017
Los Cambalache

Cambalache -Son Jarocho Made in East L.A SAT JUNE 3. 7PM. Aratani Theatre. Little Tokyo.TICKETS: bit.ly/CambalacheAratani

Los Cambalache #arataniworldseries

SAT JUNE 3, 7PM! We, Los Cambalache have created a show about Son Jarocho in Veracruz and in Los Angeles, through the lens of the Jarocho and [email protected] members of the group. Son Jarocho, a music rooted in reistance and struggle was very much present in the soundscapes of all of our lives. On this night, we will come together with Maestrxs, colleagues and family to pay homage to these maestrxs and to a genre of music, a tradition, a cultural practice that has been most generous with all of us in our formation as community workers and artists. We look forwrad to sharing this very special evening with you! Get your tickets! This show will not repeat!

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/CambalacheAratani

#LosCambalache #ArataniWorldSeries #SonJarochoMadeInEastLA #LosAngelesMusic

05/15/2017
Sounds of Los Angeles: César Castro’s Son Jarocho

Do not miss our final show with the Aratani World Series. I fell in love with Son Jarocho while a freshman at UCLA- and Cesar is a maestro of instrumental technique, of vocal clarity, and most importantly of personal warmth and beauty. June 3rd, this is the 20th show we produced for the Aratani World Series. Judy Mitoma (Series Producer|Curator)
Get your tickets! bit.ly/CambalacheAratani
Los Cambalache #sonjarocho #losangelesmusic #veracruz #eastla

César Castro is a young master of son jarocho, a music genre that originated over 250 years ago in Veracruz, Mexico, combining Indigenous Mexican, African, S...

LOVE AT FIRST SOUND! I was born in Veracruz, Mexico listening to music at the zocalo. At 13, I found my love- the Jarana...
05/11/2017

LOVE AT FIRST SOUND! I was born in Veracruz, Mexico listening to music at the zocalo. At 13, I found my love- the Jarana. One day I knew I had to travel. I packed my #jarana and #requinto, and my grandmother's Mexican national flag with a pendant of the virgin of Guadalupe and arrived in Los Angeles. Cesar Castro- Luthier, Musician, Teacher, Maestro, and leader of LA's beloved Los Cambalache brings together a star list of artists for a joyous celebration inspired by ancestral tradition of Son Jarocho music and song- affirming living connections between land and people. SAT JUNE 3. CAMBALACHE - Son Jarocho Made in East LA. bit.ly/CambalacheAratani
A POWERFUL GATHERING OF ARTISTS JOIN CAMBALACHE – Louie Perez of Los Lobos, Gilberto Gutierrez & Alfredo Herrera “El Godo”, Quetzal Flores & Rocio Marrón, Maya Jupiter, Alexandro Hernandez.

05/05/2017
An Evening of Kyogen

This weekend's AN EVENING OF KYOGEN performances was launched with a magnificent lecture hosted by UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures this morning. An honor to witness Mansaku-sensei speak. See you at the performances this weekend!
ALMOST SOLD OUT but there's always room for our Angelinos - Tickets - bit.ly/KYOGEN #legends #kyogen #arataniworldseries

This summer. Aratani World Series Director Judy Mitoma invites you to Bali.
04/28/2017
Visit Bali with Judy Mitoma’s family- "Cudamani“

This summer. Aratani World Series Director Judy Mitoma invites you to Bali.

Travel to Bali to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Gamelan Cudamani. Options of one or two week programs suit artists and travelers alike. Çudamani Arts, Culture, & Environment (ACE) & Çudamani Summer Institute Intensive. Summer 2017

AN EVENING OF KYOGENMAY 6 & 7 -5pm | More Info bit.ly/KYOGENMANSAKU NOMURA, among the few who have received Japan’s high...
04/19/2017

AN EVENING OF KYOGEN
MAY 6 & 7 -5pm | More Info bit.ly/KYOGEN
MANSAKU NOMURA, among the few who have received Japan’s highest artistic designation, National Living Treasure, brings his full Theater company- a cast of 13 artists to the Aratani World Series. Kyogen, Japan’s treasured theater dating from the 14th century, will be presented with full theatrical staging and English super titles.
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#kyogen #japan #japanesetheater #losangeles

A glorious evening of four classical dance expressions of India. Thankyou beautiful artists and wonderful audience! Mohi...
04/18/2017

A glorious evening of four classical dance expressions of India. Thankyou beautiful artists and wonderful audience! Mohiniyattam- Vijaya Lakshmi. Kathak- California Gharana|Leela Rachna Nivas Rina Mehta Shefali Jain. Odissi - Rahul Acharya. Bharatanatyam - Shakti Dance Company- Jahnavi Kalyan, Uma Kadekodi, Radhika Bhuckory, Shikha Srinivas Akhila Ananth, Jessy Sitaramya. Choreography-Mythili Prakash. Guru Viji Prakash. Photos by Surendra Prakash.
Plaza|Rajasthani Folk dance by Aakansha Maheshwari & Malini L. Taneja. Photos by Kamala Venkatesh

A glorious evening of four classical dance expressions of India. Thankyou beautiful artists and wonderful audience! Mohiniyattam- Vijaya Lakshmi. Kathak- California Gharana|Leela Rachna Nivas Rina Mehta Shefali Jain. Odissi - Rahul Acharya. Bharatanatyam - Shakti Dance Company- Jahnavi Kalyan, Uma Kadekodi, Radhika Bhuckory, Shikha Srinivas Akhila Ananth, Jessy Sitaramya. Choreography-Mythili Prakash. Guru Viji Prakash. Photos by Surendra Prakash.
Plaza|Rajasthani Folk dance by Aakansha Maheshwari & Malini L. Taneja. Photos by Kamala Venkatesh

04/11/2017
California Gharana | Leela Dance Collective

Surrender with Control.
This Sat- April 15 bit.ly/DanceIndia.
DANCE INDIA. Four Visions offers 4 magnificent dance expressions of India. MEET the California Gharana | Leela Dance Collective. #kathak dancers Rina Mehta Rachna Nivas & Shefali Jain take us back in India’s history – a time when music, dance, theater and poetry flourished in the opulent courts of maharajas. Join us! #arataniworldseries

04/07/2017
Dance India. Four Visions (Vijayalakshmi)

Next Sat. April 15. Dancer Vijaya Lakshmi emphasizes feminine delicacy and softness, swirling footwork and poetry of body exemplifying the technique of Mohiniyattam dance from Kerala in southern India…"she is rewriting the repertoire of Mohiniyattam breathing fresh perspective into tradition.” See Vijaya in DANCE INDIA. 4 VISIONS bit.ly/DanceIndia

#arataniworldseries #LADance #yogala #dancer #DTLA The Mohiniyattam Institute

In a single sublime evening you will see four dance expressions of India’s treasured legacy. Join us on Sat April 15 for...
04/04/2017
DANCE INDIA! Four Visions | Aratani World Series

In a single sublime evening you will see four dance expressions of India’s treasured legacy. Join us on Sat April 15 for a beautiful journey to India with extraordinary artists.

#arataniworldseries

Aratani World Series presents a Festival of Indian dance - April 15, 2017. Aratani Theatre Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

THIS IS GORGEOUS. We are teching for tonites Return to MYANMAR.  7pm. Aratani theatre. #dtla Come on over!
04/02/2017

THIS IS GORGEOUS. We are teching for tonites Return to MYANMAR. 7pm. Aratani theatre. #dtla Come on over!

Witness the transcendent POWER of Music and the Human Spirit. Tonight RETURN TO MYANMAR- bit.ly/ReturnToMyanmarMaster ar...
04/01/2017

Witness the transcendent POWER of Music and the Human Spirit.
Tonight RETURN TO MYANMAR- bit.ly/ReturnToMyanmar
Master artist Kyaw Kyaw Naing has lived as a political refugee for 16 yrs. He now returns to Myanmar (Burma) to bring 8 master fellow musicians to the US. Spectacular in sound and gilded in layers of beaten gold, the 21 drums offer melodies and rhythms from another reality.
$10 off Orchestra seats. Promo code, BURMA.
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#arataniworldseries #music #myanmar #drummer

03/30/2017
Kyaw Kyaw Naing returns to Myanmar

BITTER SWEET. See Video. After 15 years of separation, legendary artist Kyaw Kyaw returns to Burma with ethnomusicologist Tasaw Lu. Paying honor to his teachers and reuniting with musician friends. On Sat April 1 he brings 9 fellow musicians from Burma to the Aratani Theatre. bit.ly/ReturnToMyanmar

KCRW's Tom Schnabel preview of Return to Myanmar -Kyaw Kyaw Naing Ensemble. This Sat. April 1 Aratani Theatre. Little To...
03/30/2017
April Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

KCRW's Tom Schnabel preview of Return to Myanmar -Kyaw Kyaw Naing Ensemble. This Sat. April 1 Aratani Theatre. Little Tokyo. Join us with $10 off promo code *BURMA* Tickets -bit.ly/ReturnToMyanmar

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FLIGHT FROM BURMA ARRIVES SAFELY! Without any problems at immigration or customs! Whew! Our Burmese artists arrive in US...
03/27/2017

FLIGHT FROM BURMA ARRIVES SAFELY! Without any problems at immigration or customs! Whew! Our Burmese artists arrive in USA for the first time to perform for you- the spectacular Drum Circles in *Return to Myanmar" Sat April 1 Aratani Theatre. The last Burmese orchestra to play in the US was in 1975. This performance is a powerful statement about our work with the Aratani World Series. Join US! bit.ly/ReturnToMyanmar
#arataniworldseries #downtownlosangeles

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From the creators of Aratani World Series, The World Festival of Sacred Music-Los Angeles founded in 1999 (WFSM-LA) presents programs in the performing arts that are diverse and inclusive and we aspire to creating long-lasting relationships between individuals, artists, and organizations both here and abroad. WFSM is a project of Foundation for World Arts. FWA is a Los Angeles based not-for-profit organization committed to peace, cultural understanding, and universal responsibility. We believe that cultural exchange through the arts promote tolerance, understanding, and is a viable strategy that builds trust and empathy across racial, cultural, and geographic boundaries. See Festival Videos Since its creation, FWA has brought together tens of thousands of people of diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, including artists of all types, community and religious leaders, educators, and students. FWA accomplished its goal through the city-wide World Festival of Sacred Music (1999-2011). In 2014 the FWA launched a partnership initiative with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center– the ARATANI World Series. From 2014-2017 the FWA produced eighteen concerts presenting music and dance from Angola, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Ghana, Hawaii, India, Iran, Japan, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Philippines, as well as our own urban sounds like Cumbia, Hip Hop, etc. FWA supports artists who are seldom seen on the concert stage, we present performing arts that are new and unfamiliar to our mainstream audiences, we present works with an education objective in mind while dignifying artists with excellent production values. We are privileged to advocate for an inclusive platform that is not driven by the demands of the commercial/entertainment popular marketplace. We seek your support as we move forward with out efforts. Curator and Producer, Judy Mitoma

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