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Musical Performance: Sound: the Encounter New Music from Iran and Syria

Sun, December 8, 2013 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Saeid Shanbehzadeh on neyanban (Iranian bagpipe), neyjoti (flute), boogh horns, dance, vocal

Basel Rajoub on saxophones, duclar

Naghib Shanbehzadeh on percussion (tombak/zarb, darbuka)

“Sound: the Encounter” is a new project conceived, curated and produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) as part of its mandate to support talented artists who develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms and revive historical connections among artistic communities from countries and regions in which the Initiative operates.

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Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors (Buy Now*)

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Doors open at 6:30 pm

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“Sound: the Encounter” brings together adventurous musicians from Iran and Syria who seek to reassemble diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms. The result is a collection of newly-developed and arranged musical pieces inspired by the millennium-old musical legacy of the ancient Silk Road that are rooted in classical and folk traditional musical forms and and re-imagined within a new artistic frame.

Acclaimed Iranian musician and dancer Saeid Shanbezadeh traces his ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa. Born in Busher, he is a virtuoso performer on Iranian bagpipes and percussion, as well as of zar song and dance. Winner of the Fajr Music Festival (Tehran), Saeid converses with the audience and fellow artists through a small consort of instruments that become a vehicle for improvisation in a sequence of virtuosic solo breaks accompanied by sustained drones and percussion. Basel Rajoub hails from Aleppo, Syria.A graduate of Damascus High Institute of Music and winner of Radio Monte Carlo’s Moyen-Orient Music Award, Basel is recognised as a consummate performer, skilled improviser, and highly original composer who creates new music rooted in a thousand-year-old tradition. Known for developing oriental music for the saxophone and merging jazz with Middle Eastern rhythms, Basel performs as a solo artist and leader of the Basel Rajoub Ensemble.Naghib Shanbehzadeh is a disciple of master Mahmoud Farahmand and has been a virtuoso percussionist from a very early age. Naghib tours widely with theSaeid Shanbehzadeh Ensemble and participates in artistic collaborations worldwide.

The concert programme of “Sound: The Encounter” showcasescontemporary ensemble pieces with elements of devotional songs, mystical music, and dance traditions from the south of Iran.

BIOGRAPHIES:

Saeid Shanbezadeh, acclaimed Iranian musician and dancer traces his ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa. Born in Busher, he is a virtuoso on Iranian bagpipes and percussion, as well aszarsong and dance. Winner of the 1st prize at the Fajr Music Festival (Teheran), he leads the conversation with a small consort of instruments that becomes a vehicle for improvisation in a sequence of virtuosic solo breaks accompanied by sustained drones and percussion.

Basel Rajoub, born in Aleppo, Syria, graduated from the Damascus High Institute of Music, where he studied European and Middle Eastern classical music as well as jazz. Knownfordeveloping oriental music for the saxophone and merging jazz with Middle Eastern rhythms, piano, and brass, Basel performs as a solo artist and a leader of the Basel Rajoub Ensemble.

Naghib Shanbehzadehis a disciple of master Mahmoud Farahmand and a virtuoso percussionist from a very early age. Naghib tours widely with the Saeid Shanbehzadeh ensemble and participates in artistic collaborations worldwide.

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The “Sound” project was developed by the AKMI, a programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Aga Khan Music Initiative “AKMI” is an interregional music and arts education program with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities. The Initiative is a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalization of communities in the Muslim world. Trust’s programs include the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Aga Khan Historic Cities Program, the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, the on-line resource ArchNet.org and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Museums & Exhibitions unit coordinates the development of a number of museum and exhibition projects. The Trust is the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, and the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender.

Images Posted: Sound: the Encounter © Carlos Casas / Aga Khan Music Initiative

Last updated: 2013-11-25 12:55:53

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