Music Department Colloquium: “Voices of Afghanistan”

There’s a special opportunity today to hear from the musicians of “Voices of Afghanistan,” who are performing on Friday. From the CFA:

Music Department Colloquium: Voices of Afghanistan
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall

Ustad Farida Mahwash, “the Voice of Kabul,” will discuss her music and life as a female vocalist in Afghanistan. Rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi and members of The Sakhi Ensemble will talk about the group’s instrumentation and performance practice.

And don’t miss the concert this Friday! 

“Voices of Afghanistan” (New England Premiere!)

Featuring Ustad Farida Mahwash, Homayoun Sakhi & The Sakhi Ensemble: Khalil Ragheb, harmonium; Pervez Sakhi, tula (flute); Abbos Kosimov, doyra (frame drum); Zmarai Aref, Afghan tabla

Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Professor of Music Mark Slobin at 7:15pm

Tickets are only $6 for Wesleyan students!

“The ensemble’s music, alive with cyclic tabla rhythms and spiraling rubab phrases, somehow echoed the sounds and intensity of the times.”
–The New York Times

Vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, the only woman to receive the title of “master” in Central or South Asia, is celebrated around the globe for her exquisite approach to poetic ghazals (folk songs). Artistic Director and rubab (double-chambered lute) virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi creates an acoustically rich crossroads for sawol-jawab (an interplay of questions and answers), exploring traditional and contemporary Afghan melodies on the inaugural tour of Voices of Afghanistan, which includes the musicians of The Sakhi Ensemble on tabla, harmonium, doyra (frame drum) and tula (flute). A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.

Date: Today, September 26; Friday, September 28th
Time: 4:15pm; 8pm
Place: CFA Hall; Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: Free; $6

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