MeditAsia - Music from the Mediterranean to Asia
All concerts at ROULETTE, 509 Atlantic Ave. (on the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves). DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN. Subway: 2,3,4,5,C,G,D,M,N,R,B & Q and the LIRR
Omar Faruk Tekbilek w Murat Tekbilek
Sat May 3, 2014 at 8PM +7PM Artist Talk
Born in the Turkish city of Adana to a musical family, Omar Faruk Tekbilek is a brilliant interpreter of Sufi, folk and contemporary music of the Middle East. An evocative vocalist and virtuoso on several instruments, including the ney (bamboo flute) and baglama (long-necked lute), he has has been a major force in world music since the 1970s. His collaborations have included composer/producer Brian Keane, trumpeter Don Cherry, master percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan and 'ud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen.
Murat Tekbilek has been the lead percussionist in his father’s ensembles for a decade and has performed throughout the world. His instruments include darbuka (goblet drum), def and bendir (frame drums)
Amir Nojan / Nava Ensemble
Sat April 26, 2014 at 8PM
Amir Nojan is a virtuoso setar (small unfretted Persian lute) player based in Californina for the past 15 years. Born in Shiraz, Iran, he studied with some of the modern masters of traditional Persian music including Dariush Tala'i, Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Jalal Zolfanoun. His group, the Nava Ensemble, features musicians steeped in the radif, a repository of Persian music that is the foundation of today’s repertoire. The trio includes Taghi Amjadi, a vocalist who has mastered the intricate and ornate singing tradition of Persian music and has a deep understanding a of mystical Persian poetry; and Sina Dehghani, a percussionist par excellence whose instruments include the tonbak (goblet shaped drum) and daf (frame drum).
7PM Talk on Persian music and the tradition of sung poetry
Alam Khan with Nitin Mitta
Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 8PM
Alam Khan is the youngest son of the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, one of the greatest Indian musicians of the 20th century. Like his father, he plays the sarod, a skin-faced lute that is one of the primary instruments of classical Indian music. Following in his illustrious father's footsteps, he is building a reputation for a personal style that is innovative yet steeped in tradition. He currently teaches at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, an institution founded by his father to teach classical Indian music in the US.
Nitin Mitta is an accomplished and distiguished tabla player with a reputation for technical virtuosity, clarity of tone, and sensitivity to melodic nuances. He has performed with some of India's finest musicians and has toured throughout the world.
Simon Shaheen w Rima Khcheich
Sat Mar 1, 2014 at 8PM
Simon Shaheen is acknowledged as one of the world’s finest exponents of the Arab ‘ud (short-necked unfretted lute). Born in a small Palestinian village, he studied initially with his father Hikmet, a renowned teacher of Arab music. In addition to the 'ud, he is unparalleled as a violinist who has mastered both the Eastern and Western styles. A brilliant improviser, he has become an icon in the US and a major force in the promotion of Arab music .
Rima Khcheich, from Lebanon is fast becoming one of the most sought after singers of classical Arab songs. She is acknowledged both for the exquisite beauty of her voice and her profound knowledge of both traditional and modern Arab repertoire. She has performed with Simon Shaheen on many occasions in the U.S. and Lebanon.