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Intercultural Residency Series
Spring 2012

Improvisations: Raga in Afghanistan and North India
Homayun Sakhi, rubâb; Ken Zuckerman, sarod; Salar Nader, tabla
March 6-10

Homayun Sakhi is the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. Sakhi’s performance style has been shaped not only by traditional Afghan and Indian music, but by his lively interest in contemporary music from around the world. Born in Kabul into one of Afghanistan’s leading musical families, he studied rubab with his father, Ustad Ghulam Sakhi. Homayun Sakhi maintains a worldwide concert schedule and is active in teaching rubab to young Afghans, both in Afghanistan and in the West.

Ken Zuckerman, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest sarod virtuosos performing today, has also been called “…one of the world’s most eclectic masters of improvisation.” He completed thirty-seven years of training under the rigorous discipline of India’s legendary sarod master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, up to the maestro’s passing in June 2009. He also performed with Maestro Khan in numerous concerts in Europe, India, and the United States and with some of India’s finest tabla virtuosos (Swapan Chaudhuri, Zakir Hussain and Anindo Chatterjee).

Salar Nader, born in Germany in 1981, is one of his generation’s leading performers on the tabla. A disciple of the great tabla master Zakir Hussain, Salar Nader frequently accompanies Homayun Sakhi as well as other performers of Afghan and North Indian classical music. A resident of San Francisco, Nader recently appeared as an on-stage musician in an American theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, The Kite Runner.

Highlights of Spring Residency

World Music Concert

Saturday, March 10, 8:00 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center
Improvisations: Raga in Afghanistan and North India
Master performers virtuosically reunite two historically kindred stringed instruments through the common language of raga and tala
Homayun Sakhi, Afghan rubâb; Ken Zuckerman, sarod; Salar Nader, tabla
Preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. with Theodore Levin, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music at Dartmouth College
This residency is supported in partnership with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Listen to their music

Associated Event: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 – 8:30
Laurie Theater
Panel: The Practice of Cultural Advocacy: Making a Difference Through the Arts

Theodore Levin,
moderator - Senior Project Consultant to the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, Dartmouth College

Guest Speakers:
Richard Kurin Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution for History, Art, and Culture
Ethel Raim - Artistic Director of the New York City-based Center for Traditional Music and Dance
Zeyba Rahman - Director of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (North America and Asia)
and Brandeis student Jessye Kass - Brandeis 2013, Co-founder of NGO in Ghana: Attukwei Art Foundation


Sponsored by the Poses Foundation



Residency Events

Across campus, all events open to the public

Tuesday, March 6

11 - 12:20 am
Slosberg Music Center, Room 212
WMGS 5a Women and Gender in Culture and Society
Guest speaker: Afshan Bokhari – Assistant Professor of Art History, Suffolk University
The Gendered Dimensions of Ragas: The Male and Female modes of Harmony In Classical Indian Music, Poetry and Painting

6:30 - 8:30 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
MUS 86b Improv Collective
Join the class to learn about modal improvisation from sarod-player Ken Zuckerman

Wednesday, March 7

11 – 11:50 am
Slosberg Recital Hall
ANTH 1a Intro to the Comparative Study of Human Societies

12 - 12:50 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
IGS 10a Intro to International and Global Studies

1 - 1:50 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
MUS 3b Intro to World Music

3 – 4 pm
TBD
FA 107b Beginning Painting II, FA 108b Intermediate Painting II

5-6:20 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
REL/SAS 152a Intro to Hinduism

Thursday, March 8

1 – 1:50 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
MUS 3B Intro to World Music

4 – 5 pm
Rose Art Museum
A Musical Introduction to Raga

5 – 6:20 pm
Rose Art Museum
ANTH 114b Verbal Art and Cultural Performance

Friday, March 9

9:30 – 10:30 am
Waltham High School

11 – 12:20
Slosberg Recital Hall
MUS 27b Music and Ecstasy

2 - 3:20
Slosberg Recital Hall
GS 202b Critical Global Issues

Saturday, March 10

7:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – Preconcert Talk
Speaker: Theodore Levin, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music at Dartmouth College; Raga residency curator.

8:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – World Music Concert

This residency is presented in partnership with theAga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and is cosponsored by the CDQ Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Brandeis Arts Council, the Poses Foundation, the Office of Global Affairs, International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, Music Department, the Waltham Public Schools and many other on and off campus supporters.

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Additional Associated Event

Sunday, March 11

Legacy of Wisdom Conference
Guest Artist: Ken Zuckerman, sarod
For more information: events@legacy of wisdom.org

Brandeis Tickets
781-736-3400
Tickets for the World Music Concert are $25 for the general public, $15 for the Brandeis community and $5 for students. Buy your tickets in advance to save $5 on the $25 and $15 tickets! Series subscription rates are available.

For more information, call 781-736-3331

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781-736-4867

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