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The Stimulating Spices of Baharat Band

By on November 30, 2016

An ethnic fusion music ensemble, Baharat Band combines the various sounds of different regions from Middle & Far East to Flamenco and Native American music. Baharat being an Arabic word for “spices,” the band experiments with multiple rhythms and phrasings from many cultures, creating a resonate sound that is unique and true to each culture of influence.

Baharat was founded by Brooklyn Native and Oud player, Michael Bundi in early 2014. He played at shows all around New York City with various musicians until the band’s lineup took shape. Thanks to Middle Eastern percussionist, Jeff Campoli, he became the backbone of the band’s rhythm section. Together, they began playing a monthly resident showcase for belly dancers in New York.

The Band was later joined by Honduran bass player and honors grad from the New School for jazz and contemporary music, Enrique Mancia. Enrique gives the band a fuller sound, bringing it all together along with Baharat’s recent add-on, Latin and world percussionist Jimmy Lopez. Together, Baharat Band developed a traditional repertoire as well as enough material for their debut album, Mosaics.

Since the album release, the band has been playing in New York and beyond to support their album. Thankfully, they are making a stop at CoSM, December 3rd, for a special musical performance!

Explore CoSM by day (noon – 6pm) and stay into the evening for a “spicy” musical adventure. Prepare to be mesmerized by the unrestricted harmonies of Baharat Band. Secure a ticket now! Click here for more information.

David Rothenberg: The Delicate Fusion of Music and Nature

By on November 29, 2016

Musician, composer, author and philosopher-naturalist, David Rothenberg has written and performed the relationship between humanity and nature for years. He is a distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology which as been a both an encouragement and support system for his musical projects since 1992.

A composer and jazz clarinetist, David has 16 CD’s out under his own name including a Jazziz Magazine ’95 top ten record, On the Cliffs of the Heart, and an ECM record with Marilyn Crispell, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House.

Though he has quite the impressive resume in music, this jack of all trades is also a published author in the United States, England, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. His most notable work, Why Birds Sing, is about making music with birds and has since been turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary.

David Rothenberg’s passions are multifaceted. Fusing the delicate tones of music and nature, his performances take on another level, activating multiple senses. Traveling throughout the world, he provides quite the spectacle.

David Rothenberg is visiting CoSM, Friday December 2nd!

Just why do birds sing? Rothenberg has been trying to figure this out for many years, reading, writing, and researching the topic but most importantly playing live along with avian musicians such as nightingales, laughing thrushes, lyrebirds and reed warblers. He will share tales from his travels and blend science with art.

See the event page for details and visit his website to get a better taste to what’s in store. Come join the fun!

A Transformative Weekend at CoSM

By on November 18, 2016

Friday Night @ CoSM:

Dixon’s Violin
Friday, November 18th, 8pm – 10pm

This Friday, CoSM will feature “Visionary Violin: A Transformational Journey by Dixon.” Not your ordinary fiddler, Dixon has taken the instrument to the next level, providing an extraordinary and unique concert experience.

Improvising on a 5-string electric violin alongside a looper, Dixon creates an all-live, one-man symphony. Guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation, he shows the beauty of accomplishing his seemingly impossible sounds. Dixon improvises, responding to the environment, making the audience essential to the music itself. Immerse yourself in an interactive musical journey of enchanting, passionate energy that mesmerizes and inspires.

Friday night, CoSM will be open noon-6pm with dinner and Dixon to follow. Come early and purchase a meal ticket (reserve two hours in advance, please) and enjoy snacks and sweets in The Mushroom Cafe. Browse the CoSM Shop until 11pm.


A & A Join Synergetic Press & Alchemist Kitchen, NYC

Understanding Ayahuasca:
From Indigenous Origins to Neo-Shamanism
with Alex, Allyson & guest presenters
Saturday, November 19th

Celebrate the launch of The Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine. Editors and select authors and artists of this volume plus leading experts on ethnobotany and ayahuasca will come together at Alchemist Kitchen in Manhattan on Saturday for an enlightening afternoon Symposium and stimulating evening Salon exploring plant medicine from multiple perspectives.

The program will trace the cultural history of ayahuasca, including traditional and neo-shamanic practices. An artistic and literary examination will highlight the inspirations from “Mother Aya,” a muse of the mystical mind. Over the course of one day, speakers will enlighten us on the therapeutic potential for profound healing and inform our understanding of scientific principles that frame the ecological context supporting the precious value of this sacred brew of the Amazon.

Click on the banner and join us for this unique convergence of higher minds.

Order your very own copy of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine!


Coming up next week @ CoSM:

Body Soul Drawing Ritual:
Journey Through the Chakras
with Alex & Allyson
Friday evening through Sunday lunch, November 25 – 27th

As artists, we are the scintilla of universal creativity. In alignment with the Cosmic Order, following the natural flow of our own uniqueness, vision takes form. The practice of art is a healing force, connecting with and manifesting the visions of our essence.

The Body and Soul Drawing Intensive is a day-long gathering of artists envisioning our subtle light body.
Draw the invisible energy of a beautiful yogini accompanied by evocative music that resonates with each chakra,

Join Alex Grey and Allyson Grey for a drawing meditation that will include:
• Basic Instruction on proportions of the head and body,
• Vision practices that allow us to glimpse the interplay of body and soul,
• Drawings of the subtle chakra centers posed by a yogic model,

Participants will take home drawings that may be touchstones of the 
harmonic integration in psyche and soma.

All levels of ability welcome.

 A basic materials list will be sent upon registration.



Join Alex & Allyson for a weekend of drawing from life. All levels of experience welcome. Click here for more information.


Original Watercolors
by Alex & Allyson are available in CoSM Shop!
All purchases at CoSM support building a sanctuary of Visionary Art.



Alex & Allyson