A World
In Trance
2018




April 27th (fri) - April 29th (sun) 2018

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, which often provides 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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    HOMAYOUN SAKHI
    with NITIN MITTA

    This program marks a rare NY appearance of Homayoun Sakhi, who has established an international reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation.
    Watch video of Homayoun Saki

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    USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ
    with NITIN MITTA

    One of the world’s leading sitarists, Ustad Shahid Parvez belongs to an illustrious musical family and has achieved success in not only preserving the tradition, but in pushing its boundaries to greater heights.
    Watch video of Shahid Parvez

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    HOSSEIN OMOUMI

    The internationally renowned Hossein Omoumi, virtuoso of the Persian ney (flute) and accomplished vocalist, makes a rare NY appearance joined by the evocative vocalist Jessika Kenney, Amir Koushkani (setar and tar lutes), and Hamin Honari (tombak – goblet drum, daf – tambourine).
    Watch video of Hossein Omoumi

Festival Schedule


Afghanistan
8:00pm

HOMAYOUN SAKHI with NITIN MITTA
This program marks a rare NY appearance of Homayoun Sakhi, who has established an international reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. A master of the rubab, a double-chambered lute that is revered as the national instrument of Afghanistan, he performs the music of Afghanistan, which is rich in traditions that span the Middle East, Central Asia and North India. Sakhi was born in Kabul into one of Afghanistan’s leading musical families, and studied with his father, Ghulam Sakhi – heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s - in the traditional form of apprenticeship known as ustad-shagird. Since immigrating to the US in 2002, he has composed for the Kronos Quartet and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, established a music school in Fremont, California, and appeared at prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Theatre De Ville, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. Accompanying him will be Nitin Mitta, one of the most accomplished tabla (drums) players of his generation.

Presented by Robert Browning Associates & Lotus Music and Dance
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


Afghanistan
8:00pm

HOMAYOUN SAKHI with NITIN MITTA
This program marks a rare NY appearance of Homayoun Sakhi, who has established an international reputation as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation. A master of the rubab, a double-chambered lute that is revered as the national instrument of Afghanistan, he performs the music of Afghanistan, which is rich in traditions that span the Middle East, Central Asia and North India. Sakhi was born in Kabul into one of Afghanistan’s leading musical families, and studied with his father, Ghulam Sakhi – heir to a musical lineage that began in the 1860s - in the traditional form of apprenticeship known as ustad-shagird. Since immigrating to the US in 2002, he has composed for the Kronos Quartet and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, established a music school in Fremont, California, and appeared at prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Theatre De Ville, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. Accompanying him will be Nitin Mitta, one of the most accomplished tabla (drums) players of his generation.

Presented by Robert Browning Associates & Lotus Music and Dance
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217


India
8:00pm

USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ with NITIN MITTA
One of the world’s leading sitarists, Ustad Shahid Parvez belongs to an illustrious musical family and has achieved success in not only preserving the tradition, but in pushing its boundaries to greater heights. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah gharana (tradition), which was popularized by the great Ustad Vilayat Khan, and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. He was initiated into the rich music of the gharana by his father Ustad Aziz Khan, who was the son of the legendary sitar and surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khansahab. Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and started performing in public by the time he was eight years old. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Government of India's Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award. He is accompanied by the dynamic Nitin Mitta, one of the most prominent tabla (drums) players of his generation.

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


Persia
7:00pm

HOSSEIN OMOUMI
The internationally renowned Hossein Omoumi, virtuoso of the Persian ney (flute) and accomplished vocalist, makes a rare NY appearance joined by the evocative vocalist Jessika Kenney, Amir Koushkani (setar and tar lutes), and Hamin Honari (tombak – goblet drum, daf – tambourine). Their program of mystical and spiritual Persian music is influenced by the Isfahan school, which is based on vocal repertoire and poetry; included are works by Rumi and Attar. Omoumi, born in Isfahan, began his musical education singing with his father and went on to study with masters Mahmoud Karimi and Hassan Kassai. He has been acclaimed for his tours and recordings with many of Iran’s leading artists, and introduced significant innovations to the ney and Iranian percussion.

Presented by Robert Browning Associates & Lotus Music and Dance
Venue
ROULETTE 509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn NY 11217

Tickets


    • Fri 4/28

    • $30/$26

      • HOMAYOUN SAKHI
      • with NITIN MITTA
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    • Sat 4/29

    • $30/$26

      • USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ
      • with NITIN MITTA
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    • Sun 4/30

    • $30/$26

      • HOSSEIN OMOUMI

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ROULETTE


Address

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

DIRECTIONS

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.

Box Office

917.267.0363

This festival is curated by
Robert Browning Associates