Thomas Ramey Watson

International Sacred Music Festival, Fes, Morocco

D years a mystical tale of 13th century Farid Ud-Din Attar tells us how the hoopoe has decided one day to bring all the birds to invite them to a long journey, after which they must meet the Simurgh, the king of birds.

This adventure leads them through seven valleys seven spiritual places, which are engaged whenever various pleas; the parrot, peacock, partridge, nightingale, the hawk … should we continue this difficult and dangerous journey or simply what is already acquired and nourishes desires and aspirations? Should curb fears and embark into the unknown? Give up what we already have, however modest it may be, to seek a major spiritual sense which raises doubts and uncertainty? …

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