Wednesday May 15 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM EDT. NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W 12th St, New York, New York 10011. ALESSANDRA BELLONI Proudly announces a BOOK PRESENTATION with REV. DR MATTHEW FOX in NEW YORK CITY! Followed by a CONCERT with music from the CD with violinist Joe Deninzon
"HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA”. Published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Company presently No. 1 on Amazon pre-sales in the category of Folk Dance. Featuring special guest, and best selling author of "The Hidden Spirituality of Men," Rev. Dr. MATTHEW FOX. Writer also of the book's forward, and the foremost proponent of creation spirituality (based on mystical teachings of Hildegard von Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Saint Thomas, among others), will be joining us for this event and giving a talk.
We invite you to join world renowned musician and healer Alessandra Belloni, with best selling author . Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, for this special book presentation and talk about the Black Madonna, and the Great Goddess. After their succesful presentation at HER CHURCH in San Francisco this special presentation comes to New York !
The book presentation will be followed by a concert of sacred music in honor of the Black Madonna, featuring ritual drumming and healing chants used in ceremonies from Southern Italy, France, Spain and Brazil.
ABOUT MATTHEW FOX TALK:
Matthew Fox will speak to the meaning of the return of the Divine Feminine in our time, and the Black Madonna in particular, including its importance in awakening men and women alike to the Sacred (as distinct from the toxic) Masculine. Carl Jung says that archetypes return when we need them--why is the Black Madonna so important today at a time of Earth Crisis; Gender confusion; racial and sexual oppression; human anthropocentrism.
Is the new cosmology from science also inviting us to a deeper experience of the Cosmos and therefore the Black and Cosmic Madonna? Do all our professions suffer from lack of honoring of our powers of creativity? Is that not where our hope is to be found?
ABOUT THE EVENT:
The concert will feature music from the CD ~ an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the "Seven Sisters" in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honor of the Black Madonna.
Alessandra Belloni will share about her book which is based on 35 years of academic research and fieldwork, which led her to write the opera "The Voyage of the Black Madonna" in 1991 and brought her to becoming the Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, in New York City.
The book is a musical-spiritual guide highlighting one woman’s mystical journey of empowerment and transformation and revealing the mysterious Black Madonna as a Christian tradition with origins in pre-Christian devotion to the Earth Goddess and the African Mother. It comprises 12 chapters and each one ends with the description of the ritual prayers, lyrics and notations of the chants.
The traditional music includes the ancient chant to the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino) from the region of Campania the Black Madonna known as Mamma Schiavona, the Serving Mother, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor. The drumming is known as TAMMORRIATA, a sensual dance which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna. It also features new original compositions by Alessandra Belloni dedicated to the Earth Goddess, and the Yoruba African Orishas, Ochún, Yemanjá, the Black Madonna of the Gypsies from France and the Mary Magdalene.
Alessandra Belloni is a world-renowned percussionist, singer, dancer, and actress born in Rome. Voted one of the best female percussionists in the world by Drum Magazine, she designed a signature series of tambourines for REMO, Inc. She is the founder and lead performer of “I Giullari di Piazza,” an Italian music, theatre, and dance ensemble, and is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She teaches workshops and healing retreats around the world and lives in Edgewater, New Jersey.
Matthew Fox was a member of the Dominican Order in good standing for 34 years until he was expelled by former Pope Joseph Ratzinger, who was a cardinal and chief inquisitor at the time. Matthew Fox was founder of the University of Creation Spirituality and the foremost proponent of Creation Spirituality, based on the mystical teachings of early Christian visionaries such as Hildegard von Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is author of 36 books on Culture and Spirituality that have been translated into 72 languages including Original Blessing, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and most recently Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God...Including the Unnameable God. He is an Episcopal priest and visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning. Visit here for more info: www.matthewfox.org
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