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‘Ashram’ Screening in London, Thursday 11/16


On November 16th, Luaka Bop & Boiler Room will be screening Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon’s ‘Ashram’, a film about the beautiful community that Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda lived within. After the screening, please stick around for a Q & A with a few of the original members of the Ashram, as well as a DJ set by Luaka family member Yale Evelev.
The Sai Anantam Ashram was founded by Alice in 1983, and a multi-ethnic and multi generational spiritual community developed around her. One of the high points of living in this very special and loving environment took shape on Sundays, when Alice, also referred to as Swamini or Turiyasangitandanda by her family and students, would lead the community in a musical ceremony. Swamini took traditional Sanskrit chants and mantras, along with original compositions, and interwove them with her gospel roots, classical training, and dynamic avant-garde harmonics to create an extraordinarily powerful and unique sound.
On October 4, 2017, ten years after Alice left her body, the Ashram closed its original location. However, the Ashram still continues, and the work of Swamini Alice Coltrane Turiysangitananda will keep spreading.
The film was first presented as part of the celebration for ‘Alice’s 80th Appearance Day’, at the Ashram on August 27, and will be released online via Boiler Room, in 2017/2018.
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