Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 Time: 7:30pm Venue: Michael Schimmel Center at Pace University (3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038, 212-346-1715) Tickets: $39 Genre: Persian-Indian trad. music
The Grammy-nominated Ghazal Ensemble, the brainchild of Iranian kamanchehvirtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and Indian sitar master Shujaat Husain Khan, and featuring acclaimed Indian percussionist Sandeep Das, return to New York City for a special 20th anniversary concert on Sunday March 22nd at 7:30pm at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.
Tyondai Braxton, best known for his role in the experimental rock group Battles, does not fit neatly into any one genre. His performances conjure sweeping symphonics, heady compositions, crashing guitars, and slyly playful sounds to create a wholly original style. For this contemporary classical event, Braxton will be joined by the 30-member Wordless Music Orchestra, a Brooklyn-based ensemble that, like Braxton, is dedicated to bridging the gap between classical and rock.
Date: Monday, November 8, 2010 Time: 8pm Venue:Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474) Ticket: $30 Genre: Arabic pop
Musically and geographically, Natacha Atlas has always been an itinerant. The Anglo-Egyptian singer has spent more than a decade fusing electronic beats with North African and Arabic music, finding links between seemingly disparate musical genres, exploring new and different sonic settings and working with a wealth of like-minded collaborators from across the world along the way. The resulting body of work is both a triumph of true multiculturalism and a testament to the richness and accessibility of Arabic culture.
The love he showed for the instrument as a child led him to the life as a prodigy who left Iran in 1981 after the 1979 Islamic Revolution so he could continue his musical studies. He is renowned as a soloist and composer and as a founder and member of several ensembles, including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, with which we see him rehearsing one of his compositions in the film. In 1997 he returned to Iran to renew his connections to his homeland and to teach a new generation of musicians, while establishing a life with his wife. His existence was that of a prolific, peaceful, globetrotting musician.