Amir Vahab Ensemble

Sunday, August 7, 2005
Time: 04:00 PM
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Harlem Meer Performance Festival Presented by JPMorgan Chase: Amir Vahab Ensemble



Free Afternoon Concert

Sunday, Aug. 7th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM



The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.



Mitra: Vocals

Heidi: Daf

Yvette: Daf

Taraneh: Daf

Soraya: Poetry

Farhad: Vocals

Shan: Dolak

Ron: Tombak

Jon: Keyboard

Amir: Tanbour, Chogur & Vocals



Iranian-born musician and educator Amir Vahab leads his ensemble in a performance of traditional Persian, Sufi, and other Middle Eastern music. The music of these master musicians seeks to inform and reflect on the ancient culture and complex spirit of his native land. Mr. Vahab has performed at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institution, etc. and is a regular lecturer at Yale and New York Universities.



Persian, Sufi & Sacred Music

Amir Vahab, The Soroosh Ensemble & The Daf Caravan

On this special afternoon Amir Vahab and the Soroosh Ensemble will perform songs selected from the poetry of the great Sufi Masters Rumi and Hafez as well as other legendary poets. A profound calling from the heart, these songs invite the listener to delve deep within to the universal silence that connects us all. The ensemble will also perform lively folk and traditional music from Persian, Kurdish, Turkish and other sources featuring the etherial sounding Ney (mystical reed flute), Tanbur (ancient three-stringed long-necked lute), Chogur (eight-stringed long neck lute), Daf (large frame drum associated with Sufi rituals), Barbat (eight century Persian lute with a fretless short neck) and Tombak (Persian goblet drum). The concert concludes with a dynamic drumming performance that echoes the universal heartbeat of existence.






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