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Peia and Ali: The Language of Birds
March 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $15
Come be lifted to a place of timeless beauty and mystical union by sacred song preserver Peia and Iranian master tar player Ali Ghamsari. Travel the globe in song and deepen into a world of peace through the universal language of music.
The Language of Birds is a collaboration rooted in the beauty of ancient tradition, while giving voice to the delicate times in which we live. Throughout the ages many mystic traditions have interpreted the language of birds as divine communication, the voice of spirit and the earth. Birds themselves have long been understood as a universal symbol of freedom and peace. Through The Language of Birds, Ali and Peia build a bridge rich with the depth of cultural diversity, the enchantment of Persian poetry, the innate beauty of soaring melody, and the precious glimmer of hope for a more peaceful world.
Gifted with a broad, soaring vocal range and crystalline tone, Peia‘s voice pierces the heart with bell-like clarity. She sings with depth and beauty, moving audiences to tears, and invites listeners to reconnect with one’s own purpose and the heart of the Earth. Accompanying herself with charango, harmonium, and guitar, Peia’s music creates an organic soundscape for deep vibrational healing. As a sacred song preserver, Peia has gathered songs from indigenous traditions all across the globe, as well as the stories and teachings woven within. She has traveled extensively and studied from the rich lineages of medieval chant, Bulgarian and Celtic folk music, medicine songs from the native peoples of North and South America, and Indian classical raga. Peia’s original songwriting draws upon a deep love and respect for Mother Earth and the Spirit of all Life.
Ali Ghamsari is one of the most prominent and prolific composers in the younger generation of Iranian artists. His music honors the traditional style of Persian Radif while reflecting the voice of the people. As a multi-instrumentalist, Ali displays mastery of tar, as well as setar, divan, and guitar. Ali graduated from the Tehran Conservatory of Music and The University of Iran. He has established three ensembles: ‘Sarmad,’ ‘Hamnavazan e Hesar,’ and ‘The Iranian string quartet,’ and currently tours the globe giving concerts and master classes on modern Persian composition. Ali’s last US tour in 2012 alongside vocalist Hamayoun Shajarian brought him to large halls across the country including the New York City Town Hall and Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley. To date Ali has released over 10 albums of original music and contributed to numerous others. In 2014 he was awarded ‘Best Instrumentalist of the Year’ by the Iranian Musicema Awards (the most prestigious annual award granted for music in Iran) as well as ‘Best Orchestral Composer of the Year’ in 2012 for his piece ‘So Long Goodbyes.’
Doors at 7:00pm. Show at 7:30pm. All ages welcome.
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