Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and the Zaryab Ensemble
Date(s) - 06/04/2022
Performing Arts Center
Cal Poly Music Department
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
The Arab Music Ensemble will be joined by the Zaryab Ensemble for its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Spanos Theatre. The Zaryab Ensemble will begin the program with Iranian and Tajik music under the artistic direction of Neema Hekmat. The group includes internationally acclaimed Nasser Sabouri on vocals, Nariman Assadi on tombak and daff, Azadeh Nemat-Gorgani on piano, Maruf Noyoft on robab and vocals, and Hekmat on santur. The combined groups will perform selections that have gained widespread popularity across Southwest Asia and North Africa. Acclaimed guest percussionist Faisal Zedan will return to lead the Arab Music Ensemble’s percussion section on riqq, darabukka and daff. An Arab Music Ensemble chamber ensemble will begin the second half with a performance of two popular Sephardic songs which will flow into a musical suite by the orchestra and choir. The concert will conclude with both ensembles performing classic selections of Iranian and Arab music together. Music Professor Ken Habib will direct the event, and Jenna Mitchell directs the Arab Music Ensemble dance troupe. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, 805-756-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call 805-756-2406.
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