On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.
Internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer
“We are trying to create light, We are trying to create hope.”
– Yuval Ron, on his ensemble
Creating Light and Hope – 2015
“During the late 1990s, Ron’s growing awareness of the violence
between Israelis and Palestinians prompted him to become involved in
social activism. In 2000, he formed the Yuval Ron Ensemble to promote
harmony across borders and national divides. Members of the ensemble
include a Palestinian, an Armenian Christian, Sufis from Pakistan and
Turkey, a Jewish Moroccan dancer, and Israeli singer Maya Haddi ’99.
Having grown up in the part of the world where Judaism, Christianity
and Islam all began, his ensemble represents his belief that the power
of music can create peace and unity.
Led by Ron on the oud, the ensemble has enjoyed success internationally and in the United States. The group was invited by the
king of Morocco to appear at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in 2009 and had the honor of headlining a benefit concert for the Dalai
Lama’s initiative “Seeds of Compassion” promoting compassion in education, business, and community. They were also featured four times at the Festival of World Sacred Music in Los Angeles and performed at
the 2005 International Peace Festival in South Korea.
For Ron, music is the vehicle to bring people together, emphasize the
beauty in each culture, and build bridges between people of various
faiths and ethnic backgrounds.”
Cross Cultural Catalyst
“Rabbi David Zaslow says, “Yuval Ron’s music arises from deep within
the soul of the Middle East: the Arab soul, the Jewish soul, the soul
of Druze, Sufi, and Christian alike. In his compositions all
differences disappear, even for just a moment, to let the real soul of
peace, shalom, saalam enter the heart.” – from Om Times
Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Graduating Cum Laude as a Film Scoring Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has continuously researched various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story in 2007, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006. His awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004 and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Under his leadership, the internationally renowned music and dance group, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths and has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and in the international press and media. Yuval Ron has produced field recordings in the Sinai Desert with the Bedouins, archival preservation recordings of the sacred Yemenite, Moroccan and Andalusian Jewish traditions, and the album of master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek titled, One Truth – A Window into the Divine Passion and Poetry of Sufism.
His TV and films scores includes the PBS/Nova special, Breaking the Maya Code, Proteus, Oliver Twist, The Spiral Staircase, Golda’s Balcony and Road to Victory and he has collaborated with numerous film directors including, Jeremy Kagan, Ari Sandel, David Lebrun. He received commissions from various international choreographers including Daniel Ezralow (American Repertory Ballet), Ashley Roland (ISO dance company), Oguri (Renzoku Dance Company) and Zen priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka. His original scores for theater productions include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Yeats’ Amer’s Jealousy and Becket’s Casscando.
Yuval Ron has also collaborated with neuroscientists Mark Waldman, Andrew Newburg and others to explore the connection between sound and the brain and has received commissions from Metta Mindfulness Music to create music for medical and healing use in clinics and treatments centers.
Yuval is a noted lecturer and has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, Middlebury College, Brandeis University, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, Pittsburgh University, Texas University in Austin, UCSD, Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School and many others. Yuval Ron has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute since 2009, is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars – House of Wisdom.
Yuval’s book Divine Attunement: Music as a path to Wisdom, won the Gold Medal Award for Best Spirituality Book at the Indie Book Awards 2015.
Education: 1989 – Berklee College of Music, graduate Cum-Laude.
Ready to join our cultural collective and come envision a more compassionate, creative, and spiritual future? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st- September 4th, 2017.