This past Sunday, we celebrated the life, music and spirit of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitanda, with members of her beloved family and members of her ashram, The Ashram Community Singers. It was such a beautiful day!
Together with Red Bull Music Academy and their incredibly hard working team and set designers, we’ve spent the last few months trying to create an environment that — in the most loving and respectful way — could extend the feeling of when you visit Alice’s wonderful ashram in LA.
After many months, and seemingly just over night, the former door factory known as the Knockdown Center in Queens was transformed into a glowing sanctuary. Golden sheer curtains were flickering in the wind. There were beautiful flower arrangements, and large paintings and portraits of Alice throughout the venue. There were 800 yellow pillows (from India!) and a thick royal, blue carpet covering 20,000 square feet of the floor. When guests arrived, they were asked to take off their shoes, and were then given song books to take part in the ceremony – all just like at the ashram. And afterwords, a small meal was served in the form of delicious samosas.
It was a very special day and hopefully one day we will be able to do it again. Thanks our Music Director Surya Botofasina, the Ashram Community Singers, Reggie Workman and Joe Blaxx, and our guests Moses Sumney, Jamila Woods, Lizzie Bougatsos, Emma Anderson and Angel Deradoorian. And, thanks to everyone who came out, helped out and took part in one way or another. It was truly wonderful to share this with you.
Photos courtesy of Ysanya Perez/Red Bull Content Pool