Saturday, September 22, 2012 | 8-10pm
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Cross Streets: Between Broad Street and Broadway
Subways: 4, 5 to Bowling Green; J, Z to Broad St; N, R to Whitehall St; 2, 3 to Wall St
Buses: M5 to Broadway-Morris St; 120, X1, X3, X4 to Broadway-Morris St; X27, X28 to Broadway-Battery Pl
$15 Students and Alwan members
In conjunction with the Alwan Festival of Sacred Music, Alwan for the Arts presents the Ushāq Ensemble, a collaboration between Indian American vocalist Falu Shah; Palestinian American musicians Tareq Abboushi on the buzuq (long-necked lute) and Zafer Tawil on the oud (middle eastern lute) and violin; Uzbek musician Abdul-Rahim Dutari on the dutār (two stringed lute); and Syrian American drummer Faisal Zeydan on percussion. Together, the musicians cover a vast territory of diverse but closely related musical practice and spiritual tradition that extends from the Arab World through Iran and Central Asia to India. Across this pan-Islamic geo-cultural corridor, interrelated musical sytems (maqāmāt, shashmaqām, dastgāh, rāga) and shared traditions of Sufi mystical, love-themed poetry (such as ghazal) combine organically in pursuit of a state of longing for spiritual union with the divine.
Presented by Alwan for the Arts.