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Sufi Songs: Crosscurrents in Persian and Turkish Classical Music at Poets House
July 24, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM| Free
City Lore and Poets House
Amir Vahab & Ensemble in
Sufi Songs: Crosscurrents in Persian and Turkish Classical Music
An outdoor concert of poetry and song
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 7:00pm
10 River Terrace
Amir Vahab, called the “ambassador for a silenced music,” by the New York Times is joined by his Ensemble for an evening of Sufi poetry and song. They will perform classical Persian and Ottoman pieces, including works by Rumi, Hafiz, Baba Taher, Yunus Emre, and more.
This program is part of City Lore’s summer educator institute A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and part of Ping Chong + Company’s Beyond Sacred National Initiative, supported by the Building Bridges Program, the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Amir Alan Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composer-vocalists of Sufi and folk music. He sings in many different languages with a unique mystical style. As an instrumentalist, he plays and teaches the tanbour, saz, oud, ney, daf, and zarb. Amir Vahab’s music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds. He has played before audiences ranging from select private shows to crowds of 6,000 people and has composed eclectic music for theatre, film, and performed for several television and radio stations in the United States. He has recorded seven albums and is currently teaching and lecturing private and group classes in universities, libraries, museums, and cultural centers, and organizes music therapy and sound healing workshops.