Celebrate the life, music and spirit of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, as The Ashram Community Singers bring the energy and ecstasy of her LA-based ashram to London.
These events – in the apt setting of LSO St Luke’s – draw inspiration from the spritual community Alice founded in the early 1980s. There, a multi-generational and multi ethnic community developed, and every Sunday an open service was held, inviting outsiders to join the group’s spiritual practice through song. Today the Ashram Community Singers continue that tradition here in London, performing the devotional music Alice invented alongside special guests – inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice.
Originally only made available through her ashram, this music is Alice’s most obscure body of work, and possibly the greatest reflection of her soul. In 2017, it was made available to a wider audience for the first time ever, through Luaka Bop’s release of World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane.
Dos & Don’ts
-Do wear comfortable clothing, covering your knees and shoulders
-Do feel free to join in, chant and sing along (you can download the bhajan books and learn the words here)
-Do be wary of other people’s enjoyment of the show
-Please remove shoes on entrance
-Don’t bring or drink alcohol (before or during the performance)
-Don’t feel like you have to join in
Promoted by Barbican