Culture Connect Featured Event
Event time: 8 p.m.
Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Professor of Music Mark Slobin at 7:15 p.m.
Vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, the only woman to receive the title of "master" in Central or South Asia, is celebrated around the globe for her exquisite approach to poetic “ghazals” (folk songs). Artistic Director and “rubab” (double-chambered lute) virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi creates an acoustically rich crossroads for “sawol-jawab” (an interplay of questions and answers), exploring traditional and contemporary Afghan melodies on the inaugural tour of “Voices of Afghanistan,” which includes the musicians of The Sakhi Ensemble. This event is the start of “Music & Public Life,” a year-long campus and community-wide exploration.
"The ensemble's music, alive with cyclic tabla rhythms and spiraling rubab phrases, somehow echoed the sounds and intensity of the times."
--The New York Times