Concerts and Appearances:


at the
de Young Museum of Art

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition:

Friday, March 18, 7 to 8 PM - Koret Auditorium - FREE

An evening of "In Xochitl In Cuicatl", the ancient poetry of Mexico

Also known as "Flor y Canto", or "Flower and Song", the rich poetic tradition of ancient Mexico speaks with brilliant imagery and subtle sensitivity to the experiences of life.
Jim will join a small group of poets and musicians in the recital of some of the finest of these ancient texts, including the exquisite "Song of Springtime" by the great sage, prince and poet, Nezahualcoyotl. His words will be spoken in the original Nahuatl, as well as Spanish and English translations. A perfect way to begin the weekend of Spring Equinox!!


Friday, April 8, 7 to 8 PM - Piazzoni Murals Room - FREE

"Jaguar Shamanism in the Americas"

A dynamic lecture by Jim Berenholtz with his original art and photography.
The ancient Olmec revered the jaguar, as evidenced in much of their monumental art work. But the human to jaguar transformational experience depicted by the Olmec is by no means unique to them. Many other ancient cultures in Mexico, Central and South America were also concerned with this particular transformational phenomena. In this evening Jim will share his insights from over three decades of research, study and ceremony with indigenous peoples of Mexico, Guatemala, the Andes and the Amazon. He will explore the connections between Jaguar Shamanism and the use of sacred psycho-tropic plants, show how particular meditation poses were used to activate Jaguar Consciousness, and delve into the richly layered symbology of the jaguar as one of the most powerful animal totems. Jim's recent research at ancient sites in South America that are as much as 5,000 years old will also be included in this program.
*Come early, at 6:30 PM, to see Zapotec performer Ernesto Olmos share music, movement, masks and costumes from ancient jaguar dance traditions of Mexico. Friday, April 29, 6 to 8:30 PM - Wilsey Court - FREE

Xochimoki performs "Music of the Ancient Americas"

in celebration of the Olmec exhibition at the de Young.
Mazatl Galindo and Jim Berenholtz perform their first public concert together in over 3 years, with special guest Ernesto Olmos of Besh Beni.
Join us for an evening of mystical music with pre-Columbian instruments of the Aztec, Zapotec, Maya, Inca, and other ancient Native American civilizations.



Global Harmony receives Meet the Composer Grant

Roseville, MN December 6, 2007 – Global Harmony has received a MetLife Creative Connections award from Meet The Composer. This is allowing us to invite Jim Berenholtz, composer/performer/ethnomusicologist as a composer-in-residence. Jim has been commissioned to compose a piece for us, using pre-Columbian instruments and vocal techniques. He is using ancient Mayan texts. Jim will be here for several rehearsals, as well as the performances (he will perform on some fascinating instruments!), and he will present a class on pre-Columbian music.

Saturday, February 9 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm

All rehearsals and performances are held at North Como Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Lexington and Victoria in Roseville MN.


"Sacred Sites and Ceremonial Performing Arts of the Pacific Islands" - a slide show and lecture/demonstration by ethnomusicologist Jim Berenholtz

Where: In the Koret Auditorium, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

When: 6:30 pm, Friday December 9, 2006

Hear The Podcast of Jim Berenholtz with the Chronicle

Drawing from his extensive travel experiences throughout the islands of the Pacific, Jim will introduce the audience to a diverse realm of ritual creativity. Beginning with a photographic presentation of ancient Pacific Island archaeology in such locales as Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Te Fenua Enata (the Marquesas) and Pohnpei, our journey will reach to the present with Rapa Nui's Tapati Festival, and 3 Pacific Island Arts Festivals (Rarotonga - 1992, New Caledonia - 2000, and Palau - 2004) that show amazing ceremonial dance and music performances by native Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian peoples. Jim will follow these images with live demonstrationson his large collection of musical instruments (mostly various sorts of drums, percussion and wind instruments with beautiful carved and painted designs) that come from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Rapa Nui, Tahiti, the Marquesas, and Hawaii.

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In Wilsey Court:
7:30 p.m.
Following the presentation:
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu performing traditional hula dance forms.
The San Francisco Chronicle is partnering with the museum every 2nd Friday bringing additional activities to this evening's program.Date:
6:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.