The Music of Rumi: a concert performance
A multi-art, multi-media event...
Admission is free
Presented by the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology
Listen to the reed and the tale it tells, How it sings of separation...
Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Born 800 years ago, September 30, 1207, in Balkh (in present-day Afghanistan)
Died December 17, 1273, in Konya (in present-day Turkey)
The music of Rumi is...
- the song of the reed flute, nay
- music in the sound of Rumi's poetry
- music as metaphor in Rumi's poetry
- Rumi's poetry as musical performance
- the musical performance of all mystical love poetry
- the ritual experience of Rumi's poetry, of Rumi himself
- songs of love and longing
- the ecstasy of music
- the harmonious spinning of the universe, the mutual whirling of human being and cosmos...
The concert is...
- Dance-recitations, performed by Geha Gonthier: the poetry of Rumi, and other mystical poets...with musical accompaniment on tar, nay, violin, and tabla by Steven Byrne, Michael Frishkopf, Niyati Dhokai, and Ojas Joshi
- Rumi recitations, performed by Saleem Qureshi, with musical accompaniment on sarangi and nay, by Regula Qureshi, Vinod Bhardwaj, and Michael Frishkopf
- The Indian Music Ensemble, directed by Sharmila Mathur
- Original Compositions by Kreisha Oro with vocal accompaniment by Haley Nelson
- Songs of love, from The Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble, directed by Michael Frishkopf
- The poetry of Rumi, sung by Mehdi Samadi, Persian classical musician
- The poetry of Rumi, performed by Najva Persian music ensemble
- Ecstatic music and dance from the West African Music Esemble, directed by Robert Kpogo