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Sufi Songs of Love by Amir Vahab and Ensemble
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Described by The New York Times as an “ambassador for a silenced music,” Amir Vahab is one of New York City’s most commemorated deliverers of Sufi music and poetry. The ensemble, formed by Amir Vahab in 1981, seeks to bridge an understanding between different cultures in the world through the embodiment of the mystical magic that is Sufi poetry. Amir Vahab's music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds; like Amir himself, his music symbolizes diversity-in-unity. He aims to transport the listener into a spiritual existence in 13th century Persia through his performance: "Sufi Songs of Love"selected from the poetry of the great Sufi Masters Rumi, Hafiz and Yunus.

The lively folk and traditional music features the ethereal sounding ney (mystical reed flute), tar (instrument of lovers), oud (the short neck lute), tanbour (ancient sacred lute), saz (seven-stringed long neck lute), daf (large frame drum used for Sufi rituals), and tombak (Persian goblet drum). The concert concludes with a dynamic drumming performance that echoes the universal heartbeat of existence. Join us at the Wang Center for a night of magic you will never forget.



Two Tales from Southeast Asia by Caroline Borderies

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 4PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Shadow Puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling, is part of the rich theatrical traditions of many Southeast Asian countries. Colonizers and travelers from France encountered this art form in the eighteenth century, and brought it back to Europe with the name ombres chinoises (literally “Chinese shadows,” though the French mainly imitated Indonesian, Thai, and Burmese styles). These ombres chinoises were particularly popular in England and France until the end of the nineteenth century.

French artists Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod interpret classical Asian tales with French flair, reviving this cross-cultural form. In this program, Borderies and Barthod presented Two Tales: “Aung's Voyage," a Burmese story about a boy who learns the virtues of wisdom, goodness, strength, and knowledge; and "Xieng Mieng Stories," about the popular Thai character Xieng Mieng who uses his quick wits and sly sense of humor to torment and challenge the king. Children will enjoy the playful medium of shadow puppetry, while adults took pleasure in the tremendous artistry and technical skill of Borderies and Barthod.


Complementary Program: Shadow Puppet Making Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Acclaimed French artist Caroline Borderies presented an interactive workshop as a complement to her Two Tales from Southeast Asia program. Participants were introduced to the mechanics, techniques, and history of shadow puppetry, and were be prepared for deeper appreciation of Borderies’s performance. 




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