Monday, October 02, 2006

Autumn 'From Sunrise To Moonrise' World Art Celebration 'Pauses' At Noon For Several Hours Of World Sacred Music Festivities

Spirit of Fès: Sacred Sounds from East & West
Saturday, October 7, 2006, 12 noon , Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

More than twenty musicians from South Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the United States gather to recreate one of the world's great musical gatherings, the Fès Festival of World Sacred Music, held annually in Morocco. Hear ethereal chants by Susan Hellauer (of Anonymous 4) melded with the South Indian improvisations of Aruna Sairam accompanied by percussionist Jamey Haddad. Experience rarely heard Jewish music by Gerard Edery, whom the New York Times calls "a master of Sephardic song." Travel to the Middle East with virtuoso 'ud solos by Palestinian American artist Zafar Tawil. And immerse yourself in the sight and sounds of Sufi songs and dances performed by the twelve-member Daqqa of Taroudant, direct from Morocco.

Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Morocco. Part of From Sunrise to Moonrise: A Centennial Celebration. Free, tickets required or possibly available at door.


Also that day:

Indian American Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet
4:30 p.m., Freer Plaza (rain location: Meyer Auditorium)

One of New York's most innovative jazz artists performs a blend of South Asian and Western improvisation.

The Moroccan new music group Mazagan (old name of El Jadida city) toured the north of Morocco this past summer seeking to find a new public thirsty to discover new music. The group's music intends to be faithful to the Moroccan culture. It is mainly a mixture of Gnawi, Marsawi and Rai music with a touch of Jazz and Funk. Mazagan sings the beauty and spirituality of Morocco.

Photo credit: Oumnia Guedda and The Morocco Times. With thanks.


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