The Artists that you missed: Shervin Boloorian

1 year, 8 months ago /

We can happily say that for the past two years in a row, Murfest has attracted some top-notch artists who came together to share their expertise. Basically what they excel in and what they’ve sacrificed so much for.

And we’re truly grateful for these extra-ordinary human beings who have literally travelled from all parts of the world, to a tiny but burgeoning wellness festival called Murfest in a crazily cosmopolitan city called Kuala Lumpur.

We decided to interview some of these wonderful human beings, and besides finding out what makes them tick, also what or who persuaded them to block three precious days out of their entire lifespan to be at Murfest.

We wanted this to be a platform for them to share their journey with the rest of us, and by so doing to encourage each one of us to rise to live our light. And for ‘World Peace’ to not just be a pat phrase we hear at Miss Universe contests.

First up, we have Shervin Boloorian; born in Iran but currently residing in the lovely land of Bali. Shervin calls himself the sound therapist, and those of you who’ve actually attended his workshop on sound healing would have a sound understanding of what this means (no pun intended). If you’ve been personally touched by him, please scroll below to find out how to reach out to him.

You can read much more about him and what his background has been on his website (below), but we’d really like to get to know him, and find out what his journey has been so far. He was gracious enough to patiently answer some of our questions in depth and we sincerely appreciate this. Sometimes an encounter with the right person at the right time can truly change your life.

What was the deciding factor that made you agree to being one of the Murfest facilitators?

I was invited last year and was touched by the vision and the courage of the organizers. These kinds of events galavanize communities to be more mindful and can kickstart positive change. I’ve seen it happen elsewhere and it’s exactly the sort of community building I had in mind when I started a sound healing group (Bali Sound Healers Collective) in Bali, which is now in its fourth year.

We know a little of your background from what we see on the website… But what would you say was the turning point in your life?

There are a few turning points, but chiefly swimming with wild dolphins in the Bahamas with a community of yogis completely transformed my perception of life. I was completely stretched thin and stressed out working as a coalition strategist for the US-Iran peace community in Washington DC at the time and the sheer depth of joy and peace I felt from the experience completely changed my life.

And do you speak 8 different languages since we read that you share sacred songs in 8 different languages?

No I don’t speak that many languages! My debut CD has mantras and sacred songs in many languages from different parts of the world.

After studying the energy behind words at the Tama-Do Academy of Sound, I became fascinated with learning sacred chants in different languages, especially ancient ones which were formulated with more awareness about the underlying power of vowels and consonants.

How much does your own cultural heritage of Iran impact your work?

Hugely. I have loved Sufi poetry since before I can remember and I recall my parents and sister inviting scholars among their circle to give rich recitals of Molana (Rumi) and Hafez in their homes as I was growing up in England and later in the USA. I remember how musical and melodic the poetry sounded.

The Sufi heritage is grounded in an appreciation and honoring of sound, vibration and sacred music. There are several different musical traditions that touch me but Sufi sounds and singing in Farsi create a divine spark within me like no other; it is deeply personal.

It’s especially important to me having lived through the tragedy of how the Western world often misjudges and disparages Iranian people and culture, or those of the Middle East in general, for that matter. It’s time we ended policies like economic sanctions that create more hardship and start more meaningful cross cultural understanding, which is another reason why I felt compelled to establish Sound Healers Collective.

And you’re currently based in Bali? What was it about Bali that attracted you?

I was specifically drawn to Ubud but I love the combination of tropical weather, artistry, holistic infrastructure and beautiful friendly people.

What would you say is your guiding philosophy for life, perhaps your mission and vision?

My mission is to transform the way people experience live music and sounds throughout the world. So far tens of thousands have experienced Sound Medicine and Spirit Nights and I have toured Europe and presented in California and Asia. Life itself is music and movement. I imagine that I am in an ever-evolving musical journey.

The most important thing I remind myself of is to make sure I am listening and tuning in wherever I am– both are two key principals in the world of sound healing. Creating harmony or dissonance in our lives is a choice we make every day.

We see the words ‘sacred’, ‘mysticism’, and ‘healing’ crop up fairly often…what/who led you to focus on this aspect of the human journey?

‘Sacred’ is simply about wanting to share music with the highest and most loving intention that can hopefully raise people up rather than thrill them.

Mystical is a sublime energy, which has personal appeal to me because I believe it is a core aspect of faith that unites different spiritual traditions independent of their governing man-made institutions, which don’t always get it. Many musicians feel limited by the scope in which they can share their music. Sacred sound or sound healing is an incredibly refreshing option for musicians like me who had fallen out of love with music for so many years.

What are some of the objectives you have in mind for your workshop or what would someone coming to your workshop expect to learn? (‘Expect’ being subjective of course!) What’s the significance of the term ‘Tama-do’? Will people who come to your workshop be able to participate in creating the sounds or…?

All my workshops are interactive to a degree but people respond in different ways. The beauty of sound is its universality and its broad appeal and capacity to touch people in different ways.

My goal is offer a demonstration of how sound and music are excellent for personal transformation not just entertainment. I try to be present and in flow with where the sounds want to go and to support people with a safe environment to open. Each time it is a different journey.

What do you hope to see happen and who would be your target audience?

I don’t really have any expectations. These workshops are for everyone but especially for people wanting to soften and connect more deeply to their feelings, to their inspiration, to pleasant music and to the divine.

We see that you’re also performing at the Urbanite concert on the 13th; what does ‘perform’ mean for you?

Haha, yes that is a tough one. By perform I am not going to try to command the crowd or thrill them. The music works in a more subtle and gentle way. I will share some songs from my album, Spirit Night by Candlelight and people may be touched.

What is your message that you would like to share with those who come to Murfest? How could it be something they could incorporate into their own lives?

Find a way to build and give back to community using your own special gifts. It will make a difference.

What do you see for yourself in the near future; are there other areas you’d like to pursue?

I’d like to do another album and a tour of Australia and am planning some events with an incredible devotional musician and singer songwriter Alissa Nathaniel. It’s my dream to see a sound collective appear in every part of the world.

Yoga studios are perfect venues for this due to the meditative and universal nature of the sounds presented. The yoga world is ripe for launching sound healing partnerships just as we have done in Bali with great success. We’ve all experienced the power of music.

Just imagine people creating musical collaborations for mindful living and better understanding, giving musicians and music lovers alike a forum for something fresh. There is so much overlap and commonality already ingrained in these sacred traditions, most ancient music was created for healing and community and we need them now more than ever.

How can people who would like to know more about you contact you?

My website is www.soundhealingbali.com and my email is shervinboloorian@earthlink.net and I am on instagram (@soundhealingbali) and FB (Bali Sound Healers Collective). Download my album here: shervinboloorian.bandcamp.com

Thank you Shervin, we wish you success and love and look forward to seeing you again at Murfest next year!

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