CONTEMPORARY SUFI RITUAL – Lost Paradise

CONTEMPORARY SUFI RITUAL

CONTEMPORARY SUFI RITUAL MUSIC

Workshop Description:

A rare opportunity to get a taste of the ritual music of a present-day Sufi House, with poetry from Rumi, Hafez and contemporary Sufi poets.

This performance is a charity event for the Matthew Talbot Hostel for the homeless, and feeding the homeless of Sydney’s inner city.

Biography:

The Sydney Sufi Ensemble came together to play authentic Sufi ritual music as part of their spiritual practice. This concert is a rare opportunity to see this music performed for an audience.

Sufi music is as broad and difficult to define as Sufism itself. Arguably, the best-known forms of Sufi music include Qawaili, mostly played in Pakistan, and the ritual music of the Mevlevi Sufi Order in Turkey, better known as the Whirling Dervishes.  The music of the Sydney Sufi Ensemble is inspired by the rich musical heritage of the Persian Sufism and has strong influences from Persian classical, Indian, Turkish and Kurdish music. This is a sound born in the Sufi heartland – where Sufism evolved and from where it spread throughout the world.

QUOTES & REVIEWS

  • “I had such an incredible time at Lost Paradise – it was a wonderfully unique experience. Thanks again for the opportunity to attend Lost Paradise – it was one of the best festivals I’ve attended in Australia and a fabulous start to the year.”

    Sophie Dellagiacoma – Australian Traveller Magazine

  • “I had such a good time at Lost Paradise! It’s one of the coolest festivals I’ve been to. I loved playing the Lost Disco stage, the atmosphere was wicked, the decoration was class and the lit up signs the crowd brought with them, added to it too.

    After my set I went on the dancefloor with a few of my mates and saw the new year in listening to Jackmaster & Jasper James, was a memorable new year!”

    – Patrick Topping
  • “Lost Paradise was a totally unique festival, nothing like it in Australia. Thank you to everyone who made it such a beautiful place.”

    – RÜFUS DU SOL
  • “The thing that really makes this festival shine is without a doubt the sheer variety of acts in that world class lineup. Dense, ambitious, and not afraid to throw in a few curve balls, Lost Paradise is much more than your average doof, but a playground for all, no matter what your age or musical alignment.”

    -Pulse
  • “After Boomtown in England this is definitely the second festival with the craziest stuff”

    – M.I.A.
  • “One of the most magical spots we’ve ever played in Oz and a night complimented by generous staff and hospitality that really looked after us. A show we’ll never forget”

    – STICKY FINGERS
  • “My favourite view from stage in the world. Doof sticks and the Australian bush, insane energy.”
    – Willaris. K
  • “Re-awaken your sense of wanderlust and adventure with the festival’s secret hideaways, glittering late night discos, and inspirational art and performance”

    No1 NYE 2017/8 Event in the World – Buzzfeed
  • As 2018 became 2019, I found myself feeling sorry for all my Sydney pals couped up in clubs and bad house parties. But also, not really. When you’ve got a festival like Lost Paradise waiting for you just down the road, why on earth would you spend your New Year’s anywhere else?”

    – Hhhappy – Bill Robinson
  • “A picturesque setting in Glenworth Valley forest, a flowing river that hugged the venue and camping grounds, and one of the most characterfully constructed settings of any festival this side of the Pacific, Lost Paradise curates its New Year celebrations in the same way it curates its lineup: with weird and wonderful indulgence.”

    -Tone Deaf
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