Qadim Ensemble — Sunday, May 5, 2019 5PM
With Special Guest: Ali Paris
Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning ‘ancient’ as well as ‘that which will come.’ The ensemble’s repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region’s cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them.
Acclaimed for their passionate performances, The Qadim Ensemble is comprised of accomplished and acclaimed musicians. The San Francisco based band has attracted a growing global audience who are responding to their authentic musicianship and timely message of peace and cross-cultural appreciation.
Their most recent CD, Eastern Wind, received rave reviews world wide, reaching #7 on Billboard’s World Music charts.
“Truly world music, some of the most open, human music you’ll hear . . . Essential”
-East Bay Express
“Beautifully presented, the players bring superb musicianship and palpable enthusiasm to each performance. Eliyahu’s ney flute along with Rachel’s succulent vocals are stars . . . creating a sense of human communication with the divine.”
-All Things Considered, NPR
“Listeners are deeply moved”
-Jewish Telegraph, London
“Visionary . . . achingly beautiful . . .”
-San Francisco Chronicle
Led by Eliyahu Sills on the ney, The Qadim Ensemble consists of Rachel Valfer Sills on oud and lead vocals, Faisal Zedan on Arabic percussion such as the darbukkah, riqq & daf, and Geri Hegedus on Turkish baglama saz, divan saz, Persian setar, and oud.
Guest artist Ali Paris is a talented vocalist and composer as well as an accomplished performer on his instrument, the traditional Arabic qanun. He combines the classic sound with American keyboard, string and percussion to create a fusion of Arabic and contemporary music, a unique blend, sometimes labeled world music. Ali Paris now sees himself as a cultural ambassador with music as a universal means of communication. He tries to present “a positive message through a life journey” to his audiences, encouraging them to “be grateful for the lives they have.” Despite the length of his 18-month struggle as a Palestinian musician crossing borders and checkpoints to eventually reach the United States, he is upbeat about his life and has appeared at the White House and the United Nations in New York to perform his music and tell his story.
$20 suggested donation
($5 for children 6-15, under 6 are free. Must be accompanied by an adult.)
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(No one turned away for lack of ability to pay. Sliding scale tickets available only at the door.)
Show starts at 5PM. Doors open: 4:30PM
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