Soul Force Story & Vision

Each one of us plays a part in the existential drama we find ourselves in. There are hopeful reasons to reject cynicism and fight for a crucial shift in global consciousness.
We can see clearly that the struggle for life is one struggle, with many parts.

The Soul Force Project began in 2015 with a multi-media inter-disciplinary performance of dynamic international artists at Occidental College in Los Angeles; infusing a positive message of nonviolent change with live performance, history, science and animation. We presented a new Soul Force concert on Earth Day in 2016. We are now taking the bold step of producing a music festival like none other for Earth Day weekend 2019!

The story of Soul Force re-connects us with an affinity for the whole human community, the planet and the biosphere we thrive in. We value a sense of unity and respect for
all life, above any one culture, religion or race as we celebrate the power of
music, the universal language of our humanity.

Soul Force Sacred Music Festival


Join us for a transformational weekend of world music and spiritual jazz inspiration. We are a city-wide collaboration of performing artists, diverse organizations, scientists and celebrating the universal power of music. The festival presents the story of Soul Force; a journey of redemption in the historical narrative of nonviolent action. Creative and traditional performances are supported by multi-media projections, dynamic speakers & poets in a call to action for Earth Day.

The festival is a collaboration with our host venue, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. Together, we are committed to building bridges to inspire interfaith action and awareness around issues of climate change and sustainability. We recognize the urgent need for creative action and the development of a new consciousness around the consumption of resources. The need to change is a matter of life and death, as we realize the threat to the most vulnerable human communities and species of life on the planet.

We are now seeking individuals and organizations to partner with us to reach new and diverse audiences of all ages. We are also coordinating ticket accessibility to students and local young musicians and artists through outreach to public and private schools around Pasadena.


In ritual performance, we practice being fully present to music over extended periods; that way we may experience the deep sense of connection that attention affords. Slowing down helps us cultivate a deeper presence, free from the ordinary distractions of our daily routines.

In this festival we encourage you to realize a ‘slow consciousness’ weekend. Take a time out, unplug from digital distractions, and experience this festival as a refuge for your spirit!

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“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem
almost as obvious as the connection between
human rights, democracy and peace.”

“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground.
A time when we have to shed our fear and
give hope to each other. That time is now.”

— Wangari Muta Maathai


Creativity & Nonviolence

We believe that a creative nonviolent vision wields the power to alter what is possible in the world. Utilizing the transformational power of arts, the Soul Force Project is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to be peacemakers and environmental stewards. Through the festival, we aim to connect people with organizations and provide tools to take effective and relevant steps towards addressing the difficult global issues we face today.

Our purpose is to inspire, educate and build capacity for collaborations across artistic, educational, inter-faith & science communities.


Addressing Problems

We hope to encourage creative problem solving in addressing the most pressing issues of our time. We aim for the transformation of the dominant consumer culture and seek to foster the ongoing discovery of powerful positive alternatives to militarism and the incarceration state; the glorification of violence in the media; and the falsification of reality and racist scapegoating of the ‘other’ for political expediency.

All of these problems contribute to the high levels of violence in our culture and destructive effects on our humanity and the environment. We believe that every one of us can be informed and make a difference.

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Change & Redemption

We hold a vision of dynamic change for a sustainable collective future on earth. Soul Force
uses live world music to encourage creative and visionary thinking in all of us. We envision ourselves as actors in an urgent dramatic narrative, one with deep roots in the past. Becoming present, Soul Force is a redemptive story of love in action.


"Nonviolent resistance avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him. At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love."

“The nonviolent resister is passive in the sense that he is not physically aggressive toward his opponent, his mind and emotions are always active, constantly seeking to persuade his opponent that he is wrong. The method is passive physically, but strongly active spiritually. It is not passive nonresistance to evil, it is active nonviolent resistance to evil.

— Martin Luther King Jr.