CONCERT: 3rd Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival

CONCERT: 3rd Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival

November 7, 2015

Silk Road Bazaar opens at 7:00 PM
Concert begins at 8:00 PM
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

TICKETS: $25 at door; $20 in advance; $18 students, seniors.
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Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary of  Silk Road Dance Company

The SILK ROAD DANCE FESTIVAL on November 7, 2015, at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Maryland,  will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company with selections from their Legacy Repertoire along with new choreographies.  Rare and compelling dances and music from Afghanistan,  Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will provide a glimpse into cultures unfamiliar to most Americans.

The unusual two-part concert will offer audiences creative visions of Central Asia’s past along with the spiritual side of Silk Road cultures. The evening will open with “Swede on the Silk Road”,following famed 19th century Swedish explorer Sven Hedin – portrayed by actor Sean Coe – on his adventures and portraying, through traditional dance, the diverse places he visited.The presentation marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Hedin, whose books and lectures popularized knowledge of the Silk Road.

The second part of the concert, Illumination,  features a collaboration with guest artists  – the musical duo Tabla for Two   –  who will share  traditional Afghan music along with their creative compositions based on Central Asian musical roots. Audience members will be invited to drink tea and sit on cushions near the stage should they wish a more traditional experience of the music and dance. The final pieces will be a spiritually inspired dance and prayerful musical blessing.

Concert goers can enjoy a Silk Road Bazaar, hosted by Temur Zamani of Zamani Gallery,  with tempting items from Central Asia. Silk Road style refreshments will also be available during the evening event.

The Silk Road Dance Festival is made possible in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Rick and Peg Young Foundation. Co-presenters include the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society and World Arts Focus.

ABOUT SILK ROAD DANCE COMPANY  www.silkroaddance.com

Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray – World Dance adjunct professor at George Washington University – the award-winning, critically acclaimed Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents an extensive repertoire of more than 200 dances from Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, South Asia, the Caucasus. and beyond.Silk Road Dance Company has given  performances internationally  in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore. and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, the ensemble has performed at prestigious national venues including the White House as well as 11 appearances at the Kennedy Center.

With the goal of promoting “Cultural Understanding through Beauty and Delight,” their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of ancient cultures,especially the Islamic World. Silk Road Dance     Company offers programs which reflect the depth and breadth of field research and study conducted by Dr. Gray who has received many awards for her life-time of creative work, including recognition from Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Culture.

ABOUT TABLA FOR TWO  www.tablafortwo.com

Tabla for Two is a musical duo consisting of Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway. Masood has created original compositions drawing from rich musical traditions, blending classical Eastern beats with Western style to produce a powerful fusion for the tabla and harmonium. Masood Omari is a tabla master in the Punjab lineage. He was born in Ghazni, Afghanistan and received his gurmani (mastership) in 2002 from his ustad (most respected teacher and master) Araf Chishty in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Punjab lineage is a strict, highly disciplined school of tabla. Masood shares this lineage with Zakir Hussain,the most well known tabla player in the world today.

Masood has accompanied some of the greatest classical Afghani and Pakistani singers on stages in Europe and America. His playing is powerful and graceful. Masood has composed exciting original compositions blending classical Eastern beats with Western style, producing a powerful fusion for the tabla. Besides playing the tabla, Masood is also proficient at playing the dholak, the harmonium, and he is a talented singer.

Abigail is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania and is now living in the Washington, DC area. She went from a career in visual arts to a career in music once she met her teacher, Masood Omari. After devoting years to the intense study and practice of classical Eastern music, Tabla for Two was formed.Abigail has been a lifelong lover of all kinds of music, especially classical (both Western and Eastern), world beats, avant garde and jazz. Coming to tabla has been a natural evolution of these interests.Her art has always been imaginative and uniquely expressive, reflecting her colorful nature. She has had four one-woman shows and was included in an exhibit at the Erie Art Museum. Her art hangs in many private collections. Now Abigail brings her enthusiasm, joy and energy to Tabla for Two. Playing the tabla and harmonium is an expansion of her artistic expression.

Many who have heard Tabla for Two is a musical duo consisting of Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway. Masood has created original compositions drawing from rich musical traditions, blending classical Eastern beats with Western style to produce a powerful fusion for the tabla and harmonium. Masood Omari is a tabla master in the Punjab lineage. He was born in Ghazni, Afghanistan and received his gurmani (mastership) in 2002 from his ustad (most respected teacher and master) Araf Chishty in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Punjab lineage is a strict, highly disciplined school of tabla. Masood shares this lineage with Zakir Hussain, the most well known tabla player in the world today.

Masood has accompanied some of the greatest classical Afghani and Pakistani singers on stages in Europe and America. His playing is powerful and graceful. Masood has composed exciting original compositions blending classical Eastern beats with Western style, producing a powerful fusion for the tabla. Besides playing the tabla, Masood is also proficient at playing the dholak, the harmonium,and he is a talented singer.

Abigail is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania and is now living in the Washington, DC area. She went from a career in visual arts to a career in music once she met her teacher, Masood Omari. After devoting years to the intense study and practice of classical Eastern music, Tabla for Two was formed.

Abigail has been a lifelong lover of all kinds of music, especially classical (both Western and Eastern), world beats, avant garde and jazz. Coming to tabla has been a natural evolution of these interests.Her art has always been imaginative and uniquely expressive, reflecting her colorful nature. She has had four one-woman shows and was included in an exhibit at the Erie Art Museum. Her art hangs in many private collections. Now Abigail brings her enthusiasm, joy and energy to Tabla for Two. Playing the tabla and harmonium is an expansion of her artistic expression.

Many who have heard Tabla for Two perform describe it as mesmerizing, energizing and transcendental. Their music is without a doubt unique!

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