The Seeker of the Truth: Yuval Ron Ensemble
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
The Seeker of Truth unites Middle Eastern and South Asian musical traditions, blending powerful and rich music with global traditions of spirituality, healing, culture and mysticism. Featuring four musicians and Dervish Aziz, the Yuval Ron Ensemble performs music that is exhilarating, hypnotic, ecstatic and even meditative. As an educator and peace activist, Yuval Ron is dedicated to bringing cultural harmony through music.
$35, $30. $20; Five College and 17 & Under: $10; Five College Faculty & Staff: Please call the Box Office
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Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m., The Arts Block, Greenfield, MA
"My Heart is in the East-Sacred Hebrew Music"
Join us for a lecture demonstration with oud player Yuval Ron as we explore the roots of ancient Hebrew music and it's connections to Middle Eastern tribes.
The Seeker of Truth unites Middle Eastern and South Asian musical traditions, blending powerful and rich music with global traditions of spirituality, healing, culture and mysticism. Featuring four musicians and Dervish Aziz, the Yuval Ron Ensemble performs music that is exhilarating, hypnotic, ecstatic and even meditative. As an educator and peace activist, Yuval Ron is dedicated to bringing cultural harmony through music. Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall Outreach: Master classes and lecture demonstrations will be offered in conjunction with this event and may be open to public participation and observation as space permits. Please call Asian Arts and Culture Program at 413-577-2486 for information and reservations.
"…the music beautiful, touching, uplifting, exciting – the discussion enlightened and filled with insight and ruach." – Rabbi John Rosove, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel of hollywood, CA
"…a fabulous evening last night, had the busiest evening of the year in our cafe, and have been receiving raves from our audience. Most importantly, last night provided a ray of light.." – Elissa Schein, Director of Public Programs Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY
" A majestic and most enjoyable performance…Indeed, your music was most enjoyable and refreshing." – Elin Suleymanov Azerbaijan Consulate, Los Angeles, CA
Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful "coffeehouse opera," tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black eunuch at the 17th century Ottoman Court. The stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello in the Seraglio is performed on European period and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller.
Alam Khan, son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, continues the purity of his father's musical style while adding his own individual touch as a 21st century musician. Alam maintains the reverence given to playing classical ragas in his solo concerts around the world, but also jams occasionally with musicians in diverse genres. One of the most sought after tabla players in the world today, master percussionist Nitin Mitta boasts the rare ability to combine technical virtuosity, spontaneity, clarity of tone and sensitivity to melodic nuances.
Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk by Alam Khan at 7p.m. in Bowker Auditorium.
Jason Vieaux is the winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Instrumental Classical Solo for his acclaimed recording, PLAY. NPR lauds Vieaux as "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation." A classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical, Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music.