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Transcendental Showcase: Rumput, Falsa, Kamyar Arsani

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Saturday October 27th 7:30PM $10 Suggested

Rumput plays kroncong (a string-band tradition from Indonesia) and explores parallel threads with other traditions, especially old-time string-band music of the United States and British Isles, and Indonesian gamelan.

Falsa performs 14th century Sufi music, described as " the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence. Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar on Carnatic Violin, Tom Deis on Guitar/Harmonium, Paul Arendt on Lead Guitar, and Greg Foran on Percussion. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music. Kamyar has spent over 20 years performing and researching the daf and its roots. Kamyar's songs and performances are very much inspired by the people of Iran and their history of struggle and protest. Kamyar recently collaborated with Benjamin Schurr and DC’s BLIGHTRECORDS and produced an electronics-backed Daf album called *Voices in the Dark*. In the words of a reviewer: ”this isn’t so much music as it is downright spiritual. It is a movement.”

This concert is presented by Multiflora Productions annual month-long DIY global music festival "Flash of the Spirit" that happens across multiple venues in Washington DC during the month of October. Its mission is to present emerging and remarkable international musicians from abroad as well as local musicians from our diverse immigrant communities to celebrate their stories, heritage, and cultures through their music.