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by SOUL FORCE PROJECT ~ Arohi Ensemble

The Soul Force Project is a multi-media musical & historical journey with the Arohi Ensemble, celebrating the redemptive power and relevance of nonviolence today.
Synopsis: Arohi is an ensemble of virtuoso performing artists from India and the US, led by award-winning sitar player, composer & activist Paul Livingstone. This November 2015, the ensemble will release a new recording ‘Ahimsa’ celebrating non-violence as a vehicle for change through social, political and spiritual renewal. We are engaged in presenting a unique multimedia concert 'The Soul Force Project' in conjunction with this release. 
Our goal is to engage our audience around the positive values of non-violence and sacrificial love in the historical context of 20th century political upheaval, democratic reform and social justice movements leading us to where we are now with 21st century movements such as Black Lives Matter & the Guatemala uprising. We seek to demonstrate the continued relevance of soul force (active non-violence) today in the face of violent social, civic and international conflict around the world. 
Our vision is to present an extraordinary artistic collaboration bridging history with current human rights struggles as we highlight the power of non-violence as an effective strategic philosophy of action.  A flowing narrative of themes woven through extended passages of dynamic music will utilize brief stories and quotes along with historic images, spoken word and film.  Creating a visceral experience of the painful struggles of non-violent civil disobedience, we will explore the transformative, revolutionary power unleashed through the sacrificial commitment to non-violent civil disobedience.  Girded by the spiritual depth, moral and social vision of Gandhi, King & Chavez among other visionary leaders, we seek as artists to inspire others through a contemporary global expression of innovative music that validates the relevance of soul force today. 
Accompanying the music will be a multimedia presentation that connects us with the visceral and sacrificial historical context of non-violent civil-disobedience. This year we celebrate anniversaries of key moments in the lives of the greatest spiritual and social leaders of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King & Cesar Chavez. The media aspect of the presentation will utilize creative projections of iconic historic imagery, quotes, graphics and film along with the dynamic music of the Arohi Ensemble.

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