“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
Jellaludin Rumi was a 13th century Sufi mystic and is one of the most beloved poets of all time. Coleman Barks, renowned translator of Rumi’s poetry, is the best-selling author of The Essential Rumi. Captivated by Rumi's humor, wisdom, and spiritual depth, Barks brings his earthy mastery of Rumi's work to life in concert. His warm and sensitive reading combines with the world-renowned musicianship of Eugene Friesen (cello), Hamza El Din (oud and tar), Steve Coughlin (nay and bansuri), Chloe Goodchild (voice), David Darling (cello), Glen Velez (world percussion), and Reza Derakshani (various Persian instruments) to create an enthralling listening experience.
The Collection features Nautilus Gold Award Winner Pure Water, as well as Poems of Rumi (with Robert Bly), Like This – More Poetry of Rumi, and The Glance.
“Barks' readings are loving and sympathetic rather than dramatic, those of a poet and translator rather than an actor. Barks is reading to his friends, just as Rumi, once, spoke to his, and we get a sense of the man as well as the poetry.” -- Audiofile review
Running Time: Over 6 hours (335 minutes)
ISBN: CD 1-61544-306-1 and Digital Download 978-1-61544-337-6