An inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) with Sufi stories & jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O'Carolan, Friesen and others. One of the premier translators of Rumi (1207-1273), Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and bestselling author of The Essential Rumi and Rumi: The Book of Love. In concert, Coleman brings his earthy mastery of Rumi's work to life with drama and humor.
The performance captured on PURE WATER recalls the essence of the communal celebrations of poetry, stories, jokes, prayer, and music in which Rumi's work was first uttered, but in a distinctive contemporary setting. The cello of Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen carries the language directly into the heart of the listener with a diverse menu of world folk melodies, Bach and improvisation. "What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the deeper the soul, and when such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It's so simple to tell one who puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real thing. We know the taste of pure water..." - Rumi