On Saturday, September 11th, from 11 AM until 1 PM, The OPEN MUSIC ENSEMBLE will present "Chanting for Everyone," a multi-cultural program of universal, non-sectarian chants under the same elm tree in Tompkins Square Park where Allen Ginsburg, the author of the poem, "Howl," chanted the Hare Krishna mantra with Swami Prabhupada and his followers in 1966. The chants will be led in a call-and-repeat format by Michelle Brochu on vocals and Derek Newman on vocals and harmonium, and will include "Gate, Gate, Paragate," a Buddhist text on liberation chanted by Ginsburg at Naropa University, and "Fanga Alafia", a Yoruba chant for peace and well-being. People of all faiths, or none, are most welcome to participate.
At 1PM, the chanting will be followed by a live acoustic improv performance by the pioneering cooperative Open Music Ensemble, whose sounds will guide the heart and spirit in meditation, relaxation and healing
Admission is FREE. For more information, please visit see www.howlfestival.com and www.myspace.com/openmusicensemble.