Michael London is a Philadelphia Area Singer-Songwriter known as a passionate interpreter of Rumi’s poetry, the great 13th century Sufi poet.  He offers us a musical window into the ecstatic poems, which reveal and make tangible our connection with the self, humanity, nature and beyond.  His CD's and original songs, inspired by this mystical poet speak directly to us, and get to the central themes and issues of living with passion and true joy.  His musical journey began with singing folk songs and show tunes with his family and he found it brought warmth, connectedness and bonding like nothing else.  He was especially inspired singing songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Richie Havens and Marvin Gaye and began to write songs and to develop his own musical voice.  In college, he found a whole new world of incredible players and shifted his focus to instrumental work, learning to improvise and accompany dancers with atmospheric and lyrical guitar.  An accomplished songwriter, Michael is adept at many guitar styles, has his own recording studio and is a soulful and moving singer.  He is also a college Professor by day, and has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and serves on the faculty at Muhlenberg college.  Michael has a great ability to get audiences involved and takes the stage with comfort and poise. Today, his many influences come together in his heartfelt explorations of “Rumi In Song”.

Michael is featured on the Standing "O" Project

"I heard Michael's music for the first time on WXPN (Gene Shay's show) and was blown away by the ways in which he wove the exquisite poetry of Rumi with his own inspired musical creations. Hearing him in concert less than a week later, the intensity of the passion and magic increased 100-fold. Sitting in the audience, surrounded by souls listening with rapt attention, I was moved with a certainty that the poet himself was whispering in Michael's ear throughout the performance. At turns, deeply peaceful and vibrantly energetic. What a gift!"   - Edie Weinstein Moser LSW

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"Love Is A Madman"

"Refuge", Live at PSALM Salon 2012

The Reed, Live at PSALM Salon 2012

On the above videos:

Michael London - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
Paul Butler - Clarinet and Sax
Jim Hamilton - Percussion
Ted Jordan - Guitar
Ken Ulansey, Soprano Sax
Phyllis Chapell - Bkd Vocals
Sound - Jamey Reilly
 
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  1. One Whole Heart 3:48
  2. What Was Said To The Rose 4:38
  3. The Soul Is Here For It’s Own Joy. 5:13
  4. The Mind Is An Ocean 5:00
  5. My First Love Story. 4:46
  6. The Reed. 5:21
  7. Winter's Over 3:58
  8. Play This Moments Grace. 4:09
  9. Everything Is Music. 4:59.
  10. Be Like Sugarcane.3:07
  11. Always Together. 4:55
  12. You Came To My Sleep. 5:23
  13. Looking Into The Creek 5:41
  14. Spring Is How The Soul Renews. 5:13
  15. I Call It You. 5: 07
  16. Waves Against My Boat 5:53

Poetry by Rumi Translations by Coleman Barks Music and additional lyrics by Michael London

Michael London - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, Tibetan bell Paul Butler - clarinet, sax, bass clarinet (3, 5, 6, 9, 13) Jim Hamilton - percussion (3, 5, 6, 9, 13) Janna Kane - harmonies (6, 9) Jan Alba - flute (7, 14) Lisa DeVuono – poetic voice (3) Rolly Brown - guitar (2)