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Cyprian Consiglio is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk, musician, composer, author and teacher, from the community of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. After his initial formative years, he spent ten years living in a hermitage near Santa Cruz, California.
During that period he also traveled extensively performing and teaching. Much of both his music and his teaching revolve around the Universal Call to Contemplation through spirituality and the arts. He has six collections of original music recorded and published through OCP Publications, three others released through the Equilibrium label with his long time collaborator, percussionist John Pennington, and several independent releases. He is also a member of the Collegeville Composers Group, the ensemble responsible for the Psallite: Songs for Liturgy and Life project for Liturgical Press.
A student of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda, Cyprian has a great love for comparative religion, and besides several articles he has published a book "Prayer in the Cave of the Heart" also for Liturgical Press, based on wisdom culled from his experience and studies, and is currently working on a second volume, "Spirit, Soul and Body: Toward an Integral Christian Spirituality." He has been to India numerous times as well as other countries in Europe, Asia, and the Mideast, performing as well as studying and teaching.
Besides concerts and recording, Cyprian regularly leads retreats and conferences on prayer and meditation, and has also completed Yoga Teacher Training at Mount Madonna Center near Santa Cruz, CA. He has done extensive work in inter-faith dialogue and serves on the board of the Bede Griffiths Trust and the US branch of MIDMonastic Inter-religious Dialogue, and was the founder of Sangha Shantivanam in Santa Cruz. He currently lives back with the community in Big Sur.
2011 brought forth 3 New CD's and these can be readily heard and purchased at CDBABY
Hare Yeshu--Cyprian with Gitanjali Lori Rivera and others.
Ecstasis --Cyprian's arrangements of original and classic tunes and traditional Indian melodies combine to take the listener on a uplifting musical journey.
The Ground We Share (Original Songs) with Gitanjali Lori Rivera
"A collection of songs designed to illustrate how different religious viewpoints can come together for common convictions." -Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Find Cyprian on You Tube
Recording by Richard Dunn, Gracenote Studio, Cardiff, UK
Circle Song - John and Cyprian at Boulder Integral
Thomas Merton Video: sound track by Cyprian and John Pennington.
Circle Song for the school children at Mt Madonna.
Sirens - 2009 Animas Festival in New Mexico