San Diego (California), USA – A new world music series will be taking place in San Diego this spring. It is known as the World Music Concert Series 2006 in memory of Robert E. Brown, as part of
the Neurosciences Institute Performing Art Series. The concerts will be held at the Neurosciences Institute and the Escondido Center for the Arts.
The first concert will be by K. Sridhar (sarod) – Thursday, April 13 at 8pm.Sridhar is a musician who has not only mastered the Hindustani and Karnatic traditions of, northern and southern India respectively, but also forged exciting links with musicians from the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Flamenco, African, Jazz, and European Classical traditions. Maestro Sridhar has the distinction of becoming the youngest member of Pandit
Ravi Shankar‘s ensemble at age 12. Tabla accompaniment by Jyoti Mistry. Ticket prices are general: $25, students: $15 at the door.
This concert will be held at the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. San Diego, CA 92121.
In August, H. Omoumi (ney, voice) will perform at the Neurosciences Institute on Saturday, August 5 at 8pm. Omoumi is a musician whose mastery goes beyond a single instrument. Not only is Dr. Omoumi a master of the Persian ney (bamboo flute) and radif (classical repertoire), a tireless educator and champion of Persian music, an innovator in instrument design, but also an avid architect with a doctorate from the University of Florence. Still, the essence of his musicianship is the beauty
of his tone and phrasing, and the creativity-based-on-structure that is at the heart of his improvisation. Tombak and daf accompaniment by Mehrdad Araabi. VIP $40, General $30, Students $15 at the door. 3-Concert Series Price for supporting organization members: VIP $100, General $80, Students $40.
To conclude the series,Marcel Khalifé (ud, voice) will perform Sunday, October 22 at 8pm at the Neurosciences Institute. Khalifé has neen named “UNESCO Artist for Peace” (2005). He is one of Lebanon’s leading musicians, reshaping traditional Arabic music into a universally communicative form of expression. The program will consist of “Taqasim”, a new instrumental work, as well as a predominantly vocal presentation drawn from the poetry of the eminent Arab poet Mahmoud Darwish.
The ensemble consists of Peter Herbert (double bass), and Marcel’s sons Rami Khalife (piano) and Bachar Khalife (percussion and vibes). VIP $65, General $45, Students $15 at the door.
Sponsors for World Music Concert Series 2006 are the Center for World Music and Zaman Productions.
Tickets & Info: (619) 688-0688. Tickets at Chai & Chat, 5919 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111.
Supporting organizations are the Persian Cultural Center, Darvak, Al-Awda, and the La Jolla Athenaeum.