Sacred Music Festival: Concert: Arooj Aftab

Sat, September 15, 2012 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Arooj Aftab innovates off classical Pakistani, Sufi & pre- partition South Asian music, creating original compositions honoring ancestral roots,for a sound that is fresh, graceful, and musically complex. Paying homage to classical sufi legends such as Abida Parveen and Reshma; neo-soul and jazz icons such as Sade and Ella Fitzgerald; and contemporary world musicians such as Marisa Monte and Fat Freddy’s Drop, Arooj presents an original, interactive sound embraced by young and old, South Asian and beyond.

This performance will feature:

Arooj Aftab - Vocals
Bhrigu Sahni- Acoustic Guitar
Juan Perez Rodriguez - Flamenco Guitar, Cajon, Piano

"Aftab’s ethereal voice swirls and dives in the delicate, complicated motions of her country’s long musical heritage, and the young musician merges sonic palettes with natural grace. "
-Boston Globe

Watch and listen to Arooj perform by clicking here

Tickets: $20 General (*buy now) | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors (*buy now) available at the door or online.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


About the Musicians:

Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Arooj Aftab moved to the U.S. in 2005 to study Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. Having completed her education and now based in New York, Arooj is working as a fulltime performing artist, music composer and sound editor.

Through exposure to diverse musical genres and incredibly talented artists in Boston and in New York City, Arooj is inspired to continuously develop her art and deepen her understanding of the possibilities of music. Layering subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, Arooj skillfully re-imagines indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’

Bhrigu Sahniis an acoustic guitarist with a minimalist delicate approach thatcompliments and amplifies Arooj’s style. Through a deep understandingof Sufiana/classical phrasing and an innate sensitivity to thiscomplex musical genre, Bhrigu partners with Arooj in composing ancreating an innovative expression of South Asian Ancestral wisdom.

Last updated: 2012-09-12 09:01:07

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