SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will be joined by the Zaryab Ensemble for their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Spanos Theater on the campus.
The ensembles will perform both separately and as a combined group at the concert.
Zaryab Ensemble will kick off the program with Iranian and Tajik music under the artistic direction of Neema Hekmat. The group, based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento area, includes internationally renowned Nasser Sabouri on vocals, Nariman Assadi on tombak and daff, Azadeh Nemat Gorgani on piano, Maruf Noyoft on robab and vocals , and Hekmat to the santur.
The Arab Music Ensemble – an orchestra and choir combined with vocal and instrumental soloists – will join the Zaryab Ensemble to perform selections that have gained popularity throughout Southwest Asia and North Africa, including included a regional folk song sung in Arabic and Persian, as well as Jazz and Euro-American folk songs sung in Arabic, Persian and English. Acclaimed guest percussionist Faisal Zedan will return to lead the Arab Music Ensemble’s percussion section on riqq, darabukka and daff.
A chamber ensemble from the Arab Music Ensemble will begin the second half with a performance of two popular Sephardic songs which will turn into a musical suite by the orchestra and choir. It will feature some of the most famous repertoire from Arab culture and the wider region, including a famous bashraf, an instrumental genre of Turkish classical music.
The concert will end with the two ensembles performing classical selections of Iranian and Arabic music together. Leading composers, poets and artists who will feature on the program include Abdel-Fattah Mustafa, Akbar Mohseni, Ali Ismael, Badi` Khayri, Fairuz, Ismail Haqqi Bey, Jamshid Sheybani, Karim Fakour, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, the Rahbani brothers , Sayyid Darwish, Yunis Al-Qadi and Ziad Rahbani.
San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead a dance troupe in original choreography as a continuation of a long-standing collaboration between music and dance at the Arab Music Ensemble concerts. Cal Poly music teacher Ken Habib, composer, performer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, will lead the event.
Tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are sold at Cal Poly ticket office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).
The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s music department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, visit the Music Department Calendar Websiteemail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-756-2406.
Photo information: Winter-concert.jpg — The Arab Music Ensemble during its winter concert. (Masks were required back then, they are not required for the spring concert.)
May 5, 2022
Contact: Michele Abba