Sacred Intersection: Paul Horn Meets the Golden Dome in Historic Concert – May 15
By Michael Sternfeld
The Taj Mahal. The Great Pyramid. Just the sound of these names invokes a quality of the sacred.
Paul Horn pioneered the whole idea of performing in these sacred spaces over 40 years ago,
and as long as Paul Horn and the Golden Dome were on the same planet it was inevitable that
these two would come together… And now they are, as Paul Horn takes the stage in a historic
performance on Sunday evening, May 15 at 7:45 pm, “Inside the Golden Dome: Paul Horn &
Paul will be joined by his wife, beloved Canadian singer/poet Ann Mortifee, whom renowned
psychiatrist Marion Woodman praised, “Ann’s voice startles us, and we wake up to our own
Soul”; Ed Sarath, University of Michigan professor and world-class flugelhorn player; and special
guest Eugene Watts, founder of the popular and quirky Canadian Brass, the world’s leading
brass ensemble with over 80 CDs and DVDs. This concert is the grand finale of the “Music &
Consciousness Symposium” being held at MUM during the weekend of May 14 & 15 (see sidebar).
Back to Paul, I first met Paul at the David Lynch Foundation’s “Paul McCartney & Friends” concert
at Radio City two years ago. With the crowd clamoring for the much-anticipated Beatle reunion
of Paul and Ringo, Paul Horn and his golden flute took the stage. Within seconds, Paul and his
ethereal sounds brought the buzzing audience to a state of awed silence.
This is the artistry that has made Paul a world-class musician, with an illustrious career spanning
five decades, fifty albums, five Grammy nominations, and two Grammy awards. He has played his
golden flute both as a solo artist and with the likes of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra,
Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, Donovan, Quincy Jones, and Ravi
At the peak of Paul’s jazz career in LA, he began the practice of Transcendental Meditation and
journeyed to the Himalayas to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the same time as the Beatles
and Donovan. After this experience, Paul was inspired to play his flute inside the famous Taj
Mahal. This improvisational performance ushered in a new era of contemplative and meditative
music. “Inside the Taj Mahal” became the seminal recording of this new genre of music, and Paul
became known as the “Father of New Age Music”.
Presented by the David Lynch Foundation and the MUM Music Program. Tickets are available in
advance (strongly recommended to avoid long lines at the door) at the MUM Bookstore and The
Chocolate Café, on the Square.
Special Event: “Paul Horn Reminisces” on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 pm. Join Paul in an intimate
evening, as Paul reminisces about his early days with Maharishi, tell stories what it was like being
in Rishikesh with the Beatles and Donovan, and talks about his role helping launch the North
American TM Movement as one of Maharishi’s first dozen teachers in the West. A free event, open to the whole community. Dalby Hall, MUM Argiro Student Center.
Follow this link to hear more about the Music & Consciousness Symposium May 14 & 15: peacetownusa.org/music-consciousness-symposium/