The Past Collection: Artist Reception w/ Samaneh Salehi

Samaneh Salehi: The Past Collection
On exhibition January 15 – February 28
The Red Poppy Art House invites you to join the artist and curator behind its first exhibition of 2018, The Past Collection, on view until February 28th. The exhibition is a collection of Salehi’s work during her years of exploring, experimenting, and combining contemporary art aesthetics with the spirit of ancient Persian art.   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Samaneh Salehi began her career in Iran after studying graphic design at Tehran Noor Conservatory. Since then, she chose painting as her favor...
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Karavan Sarai: Mystic Melodies, Electronic Grooves & Dance from the Silk Road

Karavan Sarai: Mystic Melodies, Electronic Grooves & Dance from the Silk Road
Friday, January 12 @ 7:30PM
Original and traditional electro-acoustic music of the Silk Road—an ancient network of caravan routes reaching from East Asia to the Mediterranean—meets ambient contemporary electronica. With the gracious power of belly dance to the colorful dances of the Indian gypsies, one is transported on a visual and sonic journey.   FEATURING: Narayan SIjan - vocals, electric oud, electric saz, programming Schirin Chams-Diba - dance, percussion   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Karavan Sarai’s debut a...
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Benefit Concert for Iran-Iraq Earthquake: Persian & Kurdish Music

Benefit Concert for Iran-Iraq Earthquake: Persian & Kurdish Music
Sunday, December 3 @ 7:30PM
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 396 people and injuring thousands more. Moved by the tragedy of the deadliest earthquake of 2017, musician and Kermanshah native Sirvan Manhoubi brings together a group of musicians to raise both awareness and funds in support of the victims. The evening will feature Iranian and Kurdish traditional music - the first part of the performance representing grief, and the second part symbolizing t...
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Adrienne Shamszad: American Folk/Soul & Traditional Persian Songs

Adrienne Shamszad: American Folk/Soul & Traditional Persian Songs
Thursday, October 26 @ 7:30PM
Oakland-born Iranian-American artist Adrienne Shamszad blends folk, soul, and singer-songwriter elements with traditional Persian music and lyrics that are as inspired by the mystic poets of Iran as they are by the folk poet-songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s. At her Red Poppy debut, expect to hear songs from her recent EP, which features her Persian songs. Featuring: Adrienne Shamszad - vocals, guitar Schuyler Karr - bass TBA - percussion Adrienne Shamszad has traveled extensively, stu...
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Pezhham Akhavass & Shahin Shahbazi: Iranian Classical Music

Pezhham Akhavass & Shahin Shahbazi: Iranian Classical Music
Friday, March 3 @ 7:30PM
The Red Poppy is proud to host Iranian multi-instrumentalist Pezhham Akhavass and tar/setar player Shahin Shahbazi, who will present an evening of Persian classical music. The performance, which will feature percussion and stringed instruments, promises to showcase these acclaimed artists’ lifelong study of Sufi music and improvisation. Featuring: Pezhham Akhavass - tombak, daf Shahin Shahbazi - tar, setar A veteran of the world’s most prestigious festivals, events, and concert halls, Pe...
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Wahid: Improvisations of Greece and the Levant

Wahid
Using a modern and fluid approach to improvisation, oud player Dimitris Mahlis and frame drummer Chris Wabich explore Greek, Persian, and Indian sounds that date back to antiquity. Described by Digital Jazz News as “eclectic, organic, and unplugged in the truest sense of the word,” Wahid’s newest release, Inside Silence, synthesizes their cross-cultural music into a distinctive jazz idiom. Featuring: Dimitris Mahlis - oud Chris Wabich - tuned frame drums   Admission: $10-20. ...
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