Thu, November 9th

Sufi Music Around The World

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Doors 6PM
Show 6:30PM
Advance Price $15 GA, $25 VIP
Door Price $20

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

CEG in Association with Shakti Foundation for Arts & Culture Present: 
Sufi Music Around the World 

The spread of Sufism in the 8th-9th centuries C.E. brought with it some of the most famous and beautiful poetry, ritual, and devotional music across the world by notable Sufis including Rumi, Hafiz, and Amir Khusro.
This event will showcase Sufi music, dance, and teachings of several regions of the world, through a combination of performance and education on how these arts were used to promote harmony between religions and castes.

Special Guest speaker: Michael Harrison, Acclaimed Composer, Teacher of the Inayati Sufi Order and Cofounder of American Academy for Indian Classical Music 

Our "Sufi Music Around the World" series is dedicated to shining light on Sufi music and dance traditions of different parts of the world in an effort to bridge gaps between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the USA. These events use the sacred arts as vehicles for greater peace, harmony, and understanding in our world.

The event series, produced in partnership with Doris Duke Islamic Foundation for the Arts, has featured national and international traditional and fusion Sufi performances including: Amir Vahab Ensemble(Turkey and Iran), Rimi Basu and Ensemble(India and Turkey), Azam Ali, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan(India), Tumata Ensemble(Turkey), and more.

Amir Vahab Ensemble

The Ensemble was formed by Amir Vahab in New York City in 1981 to perform both the mystical music of the Sufis and the folkloric music of different regions of Iran & Turkey. The aim of Amir Vahab Ensemble is to draw the listener’s attention to the spiritual dimension of existence. The ensemble, whose name means “Messenger Angel”, features Mr. Vahab (vocals, tanbur, tar, setar, saz, Oud, ney, daf, Dohol and zarb) together with a rotating group (of over 40 people) from musicians of diverse national and ethnic backgrounds, chosen depending on the focus of the performance.

Shakti Foundation for Arts and Culture is a non-profit cultural arts organization based in Washington, DC. The mission of the organization is to 1. Use the arts as a vehicle for greater harmony and understanding between cultures, through innovatively pairing programmed cultural arts events with global social justice causes. 2. Develop new platforms and opportunities for cultural arts and artists, with a focus on arts from the Islamic world, to create greater understanding and reduce bias between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. The organization currently serves the Washington, DC metropolitan region and New York City through local and regional event programming to develop linkages between the cultural arts and social justice causes. Through partnering with national and international non-profits, including Amnesty International and UNICEF, the organization coordinates live and online events to build diversity and inclusion in communities.

Though only in existence since 2016, Shakti Foundation for Arts and Culture has already made major strides in creating a greater market in the USA for cultural arts and music from around the world, with its unique vision of producing events that bring cultures together rather than divide them. Its inaugural show "Sufi Music Around the World," which translates Sufi music and poetry from around the world, has managed to sell out venues in Washington, DC, New York, and San Francisco. Furthermore, Its newest initiative, Culture Project, is a monthly open mic series that encourages diverse members of the community to share aspects of their culture with their broader communities.

Shakti Foundation for Arts and Culture has an ambitious and practical vision of spreading cultural events to parts of the US with little access, including areas of Middle America, in order to help change mindsets around diversity in these communities. Thus, from 2018, the Culture Project is scheduled to tour venues in various cities of the USA, big and small, including: Lincoln, NE; Parkersburg, WV; Lewes, DE, and Midvale, UT.

Our current partnerships are with Amnesty International, UNICEF, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, through which we have programmed successful cultural arts events in several metropolitan cities and been able to raise significant awareness and funds for a variety of social justice initiatives globally.

21+with Valid ID