Rumi’s Wedding: Annual Global Heart Celebration of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Presented by Gabrielle Young

Rumi's Wedding Day Celebration is a global celebration held annually in honor of the 13th century Sufi master, poet and mystic whose awakened presence and ecstatic poetry continues to spiral around the globe opening humanity's mystical heart.

Join performance and recording artist, Gabrielle Young, with featured solo artists:

Omar Faruk Tekbilek (Nay Flute, Baglama, Singing),  Anthony Mazzella (guitar), and Three Trees (multi-instrumentalists).

Saturday, December 15, 2012

7-9:30pm in the Great Room

Tickets:  $30/ door or $25/Advance at Chocola Tree & Crystal Magic or online at

 The evening includes a performance of ecstatic poetry (Rumi, Hafiz and others), and music followed by Sufi Whirling Meditation. 

Come dressed for dancing!



Anthony Mazzella:

Anthony Mazzella is an innovative guitar performer and award winning recording artist.  BILLBOARD magazine describes him as "the new generation of guitar hero" and GUITAR ONE magazine voted him "one of the top ten guitarists in the country". Anthony released four CD's, tours internationally, contributed tracks on compilation CD's, made guest appearances on major artists releases, receives airplay on national radio and satellite television, and has an independent film soundtrack to his credit. He is an established artist in the genre of instrumental world music and has exciting new projects currently in production.

Anthony began his career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan. He then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and has since gone on to perform on stages all over the world. He has opened for headlining artists such as James Brown, Tower of Power, The Commodores, and Spyro Gyra.

His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of jazz, classical, flamenco, rock, medieval, middle-eastern, electric and acoustic fingerstyle. Anthony also plays a one-of-a-kind Ten String Guitar that he designed and was built by his father. On this unique instrument, Anthony displays his abilities in fingering bass lines and chords with his left hand while simultaneously playing melodies on the fret board with his right. He plans on recording a CD for 10 string guitar in the future. In 2001, Anthony recorded the CD “Brio” with instrumental music veteran Chris Spheeris which won the NAV award for best Acoustic Instrumental CD of the year.



Three Trees

Three Trees has studied music and art from an early age, playing in various bands touring across the U.S. and Peru. The desire for spiritual fulfillment opened a path of personal healing through music and rhythm. With a focus on drumming, Three Trees, plays and makes multiple instruments from many cultures, giving him a deep understanding of the relationship between healing , music and the sacred space within.

Three Trees resides in Sedona, Arizona where he practices and teaches Shamanic Sound Healing and West African, Middle Eastern and Spirit drumming.  He makes and plays many instruments including drums, didgeridoos and native American flutes.

He has been a guest artist for Sedona's "Rumi's Wedding Day", including the International Year of Rumi Celebration performance and recording with Gabrielle Young, Anthony Mazzella, John Dumas, and Eric Zang. 

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Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Omar Faruk is the recipient of the "Best Artist of the Turkish Music Award 2003 "from the "Turkish Writers Association".

Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK, is now one of the most sought-after musicians, whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage.

Omar Faruk was a musical prodigy, born in Adana, Turkey to a musical family who nurtured his precocious talents. At the age of eight, he began his musical career by developing proficiency on the kaval, a small diatonic flute.  He was trained on, and eventually mastered, several instruments; ney (bamboo flute), zurna (double-reed oboe like instrument with buzzing tone), the baglama (long-necked lute), the oud (the classic lute), as well as percussion. By the age of twelve he began performing professionally at local hot spots.

In 1967, upon turning sixteen, he moved to Istanbul where he and his brother spent the following decade as in-demand session musicians.  In Istanbul he also met the Mevlevi Dervishes, the ancient Sufi order of Turkey. He did not join the order, but the head Neyzen (ney player), Aka Gunduz Kutbay, became another source of inspiration. Omar Faruk was profoundly influenced by their mystical approach and fusion of sound and spirit. During that time he was introduced to Hatha Yoga and eventually to Tai Chi and Chi Qong, which he continues to practice daily.


Gabrielle Young

Gabrielle Young is a visionary performance and recording artist. She is also a teacher, healer, and mystic whose programs and performances anoint consciousness through Sacred Sound, Vibration, and the Word. Programs on sacred arts and sciences focus on the regenerative sustaining power, beauty and wisdom encoded in subtle transmissions of Light, sound, color and movement. These direct higher-resonance transmissions open vibratory gates within us, calling forth our essence into deeper expressions of love, creativity and compassionate service.

Gabrielle Young has honed her being and her art to the point where she is not merely a marvelous interpreter of Rumi’s poems, but a transmitter of their sacred fire. Anyone who sees her performance will come away as I did, haunted by its pure and wild intensity, its unforced exaltation and its all-pervading atmosphere of reverence before the mystery of Divine Love.

 "Gabrielle is an alchemist of movement, gesture, and word; she gifts a long draught of the Elixir of holy passion that turns the dross of being into the gold of truth." ~ Andrew Harvey, best selling author (The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi), scholar, mystic.

“The clear bead at the center changes everything; there are no edges to my loving now."   - Rumi


The real nature of mysticism is wholly practical and scientific. 

Poets, prophets, saints and sages are scientists —

Light surgeons harvesting universal wisdom directly from inner worlds of luminosity and grace.

Our full humanity is an ontological organ of light attuned intimately with cosmic biorhythms and flow patterns.

~ Gabrielle Young

After establishing himself as one of the top session musicians in Turkey, he began touring Europe and Australia. By 1971 at the age of 20, he made his first tour of the United States as a member of a Turkish classical/folk ensemble. It was while touring in the US that he met his future wife, Suzan, and in 1976 he relocated to upstate New York to marry her.

Omar found very few options for a Turkish musician in the US, so he formed a band called the Sultans, with an Egyptian keyboardist, a Greek bouzouki player, and his brother-in-law on percussion. It started as a pop band but very quickly turned into a sort of Pan-Near Eastern ensemble.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek has since established himself as one of the world's foremost exponents of Middle Eastern music. A multi-instrumentalist par excellence, he has collaborated with a number of leading musicians of international repute such as jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, keyboard player Karl Berger, ex-Cream rock drummer Ginger Baker, Ofra Haza, Simon Shaheen, Hossam Ramzy, Glen Velez, Bill Laswell, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Jai Uttal and Steve Shehan among others. He has contributed to numerous film and TV scores and to many recordings including world sacred music albums, and has been touring extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Australia, North and South America.

He is also the recipient of the US Golden Belly Musician-Of-The-Year-Award for 1998 and again for 1999.  He is a nominee for the BBC World Music Award 2003 in the category of the Middle East.