Monday, November 17, 7 p.m.
Sacred and Secular in the Sikh Musical Tradition by Dr. Virinder Kalra, University of Manchester (UK)
This event is sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology.
Since the traumatic events of 1984 many aspects of Sikh cultural life have come under scrutiny and to some extent revival and reform, parallel with the Singh Sabha movements of the early 20th century. Sikh kirtan has also been subject to these revivalist forms resulting in a number of attempts at bringing tunes, instruments and practices back into use that had fallen into abeyance. This renaissance has been well documented and also received some academic attention. However, the vast majority of Sikh kirtan that continues to be produced and performed is of a popular variety. By focusing on the experiences of kirtan performers and the institutional structures in which music is managed in Gurdwaras, this talk will offer some reasons for the continuing salience of popular kirtan.
The Hofstra Cultural Center presents the Joseph G. Astman Concert Series Sacred Music from Around the World
Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Persian Mystic Songs for Nowruz
Sepideh Raissadat, vocal and sehtar; Naghmeh Farahmand, zarb, daff
The event celebrates the Nowruz, the festivity marking the Iranian New Year on March 21.
In collaboration with D'Addario Music Appreciation Initiative.
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Words of My Beloved. Holy Hymns from the Sikh Gurus'tradition
Dr. Francesca Cassio, vocal and tanpura Parminder Singh Bhamra, pakhawaj; Nirvair Kaur Khalsa, taus
Dr. Francesca Cassio (Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University) will perform traditional hymns from the Sikh Gurus' repertoire (late 15th-early 18th century) in the medieval dhrupad style.
Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Alash Ensemble Performing Overtone Singing from Tuva
Ayan-ool Sam, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar and Ayan Shirizhik
The Alash Ensemble is a trio of master overtone singers (xöömei) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia.
Location for all 2014 events:
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus