The Music of Rumi: a concert performance

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A multi-art, multi-media event...

8:00 PM, Saturday November 24, in Convocation Hall, on the University of Alberta campus

Admission is free

       Listen to the reed and the tale it tells,
       How it sings of separation...


Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi Born 800 years ago, 30 September, 1207. Died 17 December, 1273


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
  • musical settings of Rumi's poetry
  • music as a metaphor for the performance of all mystical love texts
  • music as a metaphor for the ritual experience of Rumi's poetry, for Rumi as Mevlana, as saint
  • music as a metaphor for mystical experience and spirituality generally
  • music as a metaphor for the harmonious workings of the cosmos, the counterpoint of micro/macrocosm, the mutual whirling of human and universe...


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 and Michael Frishkopf
  • The Indian Music Ensemble, directed by Sharmila Mathur
  • Kreisha Oro
  • 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