What Was All of That Noise About? A panel discussion with the Philadelphia Jazz Project
Scott participated on a panel humblingly made up of people who played with Coltrane back in the day, with an audience made up of people who saw him play in South Philly. A great privilege to be included! We talked about race, spirituality,addiction, the nature of time, and of course, jazz.
Women and Drumming: A Musical Lecture
A musical look at the history of women and frame drums in the ancient Middle Eastern and Greco-Roman worlds, the tension around female music-making within Islam, and the modern Jewish and Pagan women's frame-drum revival. Monroe Village Retirement Community, Monroe Township, NJ. (April 11, 2013)
Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture
A three-part series on several ways of praying with scripture, to inaugurate the Wellspring at St. Martin's spiritual center. Church of St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia. (March 5, 12, and 19, 2013)
New Year's Eve Interfaith Kirtan with Mandala at St. Martin's Church
Mandala chanted in the New Year at St. Martin's, and treated the gathered devotees to a prasadam (food offering) of Scott's wife Allison's homemade meringues! The congregation joined in call-response kirtan chant with Judeo-Christian, Sanskrit and Islamic texts, and lit candles to remember loved ones they had lost during 2012.
Advent Quiet Day, Third Order of St. Francis
Scott led Philadelphia's Tau Fellowship of the Third Order of St. Francis in their annual Advent Quiet Day, with lectio divina and other contemplative prayer forms. Church of St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia. (December 15, 2012)
Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Scott led the congregation, comprising Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Islamic clergy, cantors and lay worshippers, in his kirtan chant, Om Shanti Hallelujah. St. Paul's is one of two Episcopal churches in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia; learn more by clicking the image on the right. (November 21, 2012)
All Hallow's Interfaith Kirtan with Mandala at St. Philip's Church, New Hope
Scott's devotional trio Mandala led this hospitable community in devotional chanting and remembrance of loved ones, in a beautiful and reverent space. (October 28, 2012)
Handfasting of Patrick Johnson and Anita Kane
Scott was pleased to officiate at this service of commitment, based on an ancient Celtic custom, in Philadelphia's beautiful Rittenhouse Square. (August 1, 2012)
Kirtan with Mandala at Spirit of Yoga
Mandala led an evening of devotional chanting in the lovely space, and with the lovely people, at Spirit of Yoga Studio in West Chester, PA. (July 13, 2012)
"Creating Sacred Music" at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Scott participated in a dynamic audience-participatory panel discussion on music, worship and the sacred. Part of the Kimmel Center's education program. (June 4, 2012)
"The Four Yogas" at St. Martin's Church
Scott gave a talk on how the spiritual practice of yoga takes different forms depending on the type of mind of the devotee. (May 6, 2012)
Kirtan with Mandala at the PSALM Salon
The Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature and Music, besides being home to VirtuaLux Design and Lux Musica Recordings, is also host to "Philadelphia's Coolest Listening Room," the PSALM Salon. (March 24, 2012)
Kirtan with Mandala, to benefit Children Creating Bridges
The lovely folks at Spirit of Yoga welcomed Mandala to their West Chester, PA studio for a benefit kirtan in support of their work with the non-profit Children Creating Bridges. (February 11, 2012)
New Year's Eve Kirtan with Mandala at St. Martin's Church
Mandala rang in the new year with a wonderful multifaith gathering of both seasoned bhakti yogis and St. Martin's parishioners (and Scott's homemade milk fudge for prasad!) (December 31, 2011.)
Kirtan with Mandala at the Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living
We had a great time celebrating the light of peace with musicians and speakers of different faith traditions. (December 22, 2011.)
"The Eight Limbs of Yoga" at St. Martin's Church
Scott introduced St. Martin's to the spiritual roots of yoga during the Sunday Adult Forum. (November 20, 2011.)
Interfaith Kirtan with Mandala at Mountain View Studio.
Located in beautiful Woodstock, NY, Mountain View is a former dance studio that today offers yoga, kirtan, African dance and self-defense classes. (November 12, 2011)
"Opening to the Divine Through Sound and Silence" at Springboard Studio
A series of workshops on meditation, chanting, and contemplative prayer, led by Scott with members of Mandala assisting. (Fridays, September 23 through October 28, 2011.)
Interfaith kirtan with Mandala at Pebble Hill Church.
Pebble Hill is a wonderful interfaith community with a vibrant art and music ministry. (June 11, 2011)
Interfaith kirtan with Mandala at Springboard Studio.
Pictured here are Mandala member Brianne Dunkleberger and the prasad--food offered to God, then shared among the people. (April 10, 2011)