DAC Presents: Qais Essar and Friends: Experimental Afghan Classical Music (DOUBLE SHOW!)
February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $20 - $25
Co-presented by Diaspora Arts Connection and Red Poppy Art House, Qais Essar shares new works for the Afghan rabab, further extending the boundaries of the instrument and presenting it in a new context.
Qais Essar – rabab
Eric Zang – percussion, kaval, electronics
Antara Bhardwaj – kathak dance
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Qais Essar is a composer, instrumentalist, and advocate with the dual mission of keeping Afghan music alive while also pushing it into the future so it does not survive merely as a cultural relic. Qais’ mastery of the Afghan rabab and diverse inspirations are on full display in his recordings, including two LPs,—one of which, The Green Language, was an Amazon bestseller in India and Pakistan— four EPs, and one live album. He tours extensively, having played in eight countries on four continents in the last three years. His original compositions can also be heard in the film The Bread Winner, produced by Angelina Jolie. In all of his work, Qais represents the history, beauty, and complexity of Afghanistan through his dramatic compositions and dynamic performances.
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Photo by: Sulyman Qardash
ABOUT DIASPORA ARTS CONNECTION:
Diaspora Arts Connection is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that aims to foster deeper understanding and lasting connections among diverse cultural and ethnic groups within the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through the organization of cultural and artistic events, as well as empowering artists whose circumstances make it difficult for them to express themselves and allowing them a platform for artistic expression.
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Time: (First Show) Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:00-8:15PM
(Second Show) Doors 8:30PM / Show 8:45-10:00PM
Admission: $20-25 sliding scale. Limited tickets available at the door.
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