A World
In Trance




April 30th (thu) - May 3rd (sun) 2015

Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave)
Downtown Brooklyn

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'A World in Trance'



Throughout history humankind has sought escape from the harsh realities of daily life. In the past we found solace in the arts, religion, meditation or the simple contemplation of nature. To fully embrace any one of these pursuits requires time and a conscious effort to overcome obstacles. Sadly, today we have replaced the fullness of our mental and spiritual life with the need for immediate gratification. Our attention span has become fragmented. There is so much happening in the world outside us that we no longer have the time to concentrate on the particular. We live in a world that is continually driven towards a surface rendering of everything.

Since earliest times music and dance have played a major role in uniting people through ritual, often seeking union with the divine through trance or ecstasy. This festival seeks to bring back some spiritual nourishment to our lives; to focus our physical and mental selves. While the music and rituals associated with each genre are very different from each other, they share a common thread in bringing people together in search of enlightenment. These are just a few of the many forms that music takes to enrich our lives.

Performers


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    Saeid Shanbehzadeh Ensemble

    Saeid Shanbehzadeh performs the fascinating trance-inducing music of Bushehr, the southern province of Iran that sits on the Persian Gulf opposite the Arab states of Kuwait and Bahrain.

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    Gundecha Brothers

    The Gundecha Brothers are leading exponents of dhrupad, North India’s oldest classical musical form that is not often performed today.

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    Ustad Shahid Parvez & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

    Two of India’s finest instrumentalists find common ground in the art of improvisation as they weave a tapestry of the two great genres of Indian music – Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian).

Festival Schedule


Trance Music & Dance from the Persian Gulf
8:00pm

Saeid Shanbehzadeh Ensemble
Saeid Shanbehzadeh performs the fascinating trance-inducing music of Bushehr, the southern province of Iran that sits on the Persian Gulf opposite the Arab states of Kuwait and Bahrain. The ancient port city of Bandar e Bushehr has for centuries been a hub for trade and cultural exchange between Iran, the Arab States, India and East Africa. Shanbehzadeh’s music reflects this cultural milieu, drawing influences from folk traditions of the Arab world and Africa, as well as Iranian Sufi rituals. Learning his art from Bushehr’s Sufi masters at an early age, Shanbehzadeh - who traces his ancestry to the East African island of Zanzibar - has become a leading authority on the music. In addition to his masterful playing of the neyanban (bagpipe), neyjoti (double reed flute) and ney mourou (folk clarinet), he is an extraordinary dancer and singer. He is joined by his son Naghib, a highly imaginative percussionist who plays a variety of drums including the tombak (Persian goblet drum) and dammam (large folk drum). The ensemble has toured Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Trance Music & Dance from the Persian Gulf
8:00pm

Saeid Shanbehzadeh Ensemble
Saeid Shanbehzadeh performs the fascinating trance-inducing music of Bushehr, the southern province of Iran that sits on the Persian Gulf opposite the Arab states of Kuwait and Bahrain. The ancient port city of Bandar e Bushehr has for centuries been a hub for trade and cultural exchange between Iran, the Arab States, India and East Africa. Shanbehzadeh’s music reflects this cultural milieu, drawing influences from folk traditions of the Arab world and Africa, as well as Iranian Sufi rituals. Learning his art from Bushehr’s Sufi masters at an early age, Shanbehzadeh - who traces his ancestry to the East African island of Zanzibar - has become a leading authority on the music. In addition to his masterful playing of the neyanban (bagpipe), neyjoti (double reed flute) and ney mourou (folk clarinet), he is an extraordinary dancer and singer. He is joined by his son Naghib, a highly imaginative percussionist who plays a variety of drums including the tombak (Persian goblet drum) and dammam (large folk drum). The ensemble has toured Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Dhrupad Music of India
8:00pm

Gundecha Brothers
The Gundecha Brothers are leading exponents of dhrupad, North India’s oldest classical musical form that is not often performed today. Disciples of the legendary Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the brothers are renowned for their performances of this deeply spiritual and meditative vocal tradition rooted in Vedic chant. They received the title of Padmashri, India’s highest honor in the arts, in 2012, and have performed at music festivals and major concert halls throughout the world. Vocalists Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are joined by Akhilesh Gundacha on pakhawaj (barrel drum).
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian)
7:00pm

USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ & LALGUDI VIJAYALAKSHMI
Two of India’s finest instrumentalists find common ground in the art of improvisation as they weave a tapestry of the two great genres of Indian music – Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian). Sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez is the most distinguished living musician of the Etawah gharana, a style popularized by the great Vilayat Khan. Violinist Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi is the daughter of India’s greatest Carnatic musician of the 20th century, Lalgudi Jayaraman. Steeped in her father’s tradition, she is acknowledged for her rich and soulful performances. While both artists received critical acclaim internationally for their solo performances, this will be their first concert tour together. Mrdangam(drum) accompaniment by Patri Satish Kumar; tabla player to be announced.
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

Tickets


    • Fri 4/29

    • $25/$21

      • Saeid Shanbehzadeh
      • Ensemble
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    • Sat 4/31

    • $35/$31

      • Gundecha
      • Brothers
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    • Sun 5/1

    • $35/$31

      • Ustad Shahid Parvez
      • Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
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ROULETTE


Address

509 Atlantic Avenue
(Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

DIRECTION

By Subway
Train lines 2, 3, 4, 5, D, M, N, R, B & Q and the LIRR arrive at Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center; G train to Fulton Street. A, C, Trains to Hoyt-Schermehorn
By Car
Roulette can be easily accessed via the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, as well as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the intersection of Flatbush Avenues and Atlantic Avenue. A list of nearby parking lots can be found in the map above.

Box Office

917.267.0363

This festival is curated by
Robert Browning Associates