Gari & Faisal: Middle Eastern Melody & Rhythm
March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $15 - $20
Multi-string player Gari Hegedus and Arabic percussionist Faisal Zedan return to the Poppy with a concert of original compositions by Hegedus and traditional instrumental music from various regions in the Middle East. Their focus: Dialogue and interplay between melody and rhythm.
Gari Hegedus began devoting his life to music more than 25 years ago with the study of early European, Celtic, and Bretagne music. From there, he was led east into the intense practice and performance of Turkish classical and Mevlevi ceremonial music. His repertoire and playing styles span outward from Turkey to Greece and the Arab lands, as well as to Iran and India. He plays the oud, violin, and saz, and has expressed his talent on many other instruments, including mandocello, sarod, and setar. As a composer and musician, Gari utilizes maqam, the various Eastern modal systems, and has developed the art of improvisation (taqsim) to a soulful level for which he has become highly recognized.
Born in Lebanon and raised in Syria, Faisal Zedan grew up impassioned with the derbakki (Arabic drum). At the age of 15, after intensive study with a local drummer, Faisal became exposed to a wide repertoire of Arabic classical and contemporary music. In addition to his collaborations with local and international artists, Faisal has taught at music camps, conducted workshops around the world, and produced instructional DVDs on derbakki fundamentals and Arabic percussion. He created the percussion group Ajyal to serve as a music platform for making Arabic and Middle Eastern music.
Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM
Admission: $15-20 sliding scale
Tickets will not be sold in advance for this event – please arrive at the Red Poppy when doors open to purchase tickets. All ages are welcome.