The Levantine Cultural Center presents a rare live performance lecture on the aesthetics of Arabic music.
Levantine presents the Abbas Premjee Project, a concert of progressive Pakistani jazz in conjunction with the Inside/Outside Gallery exhibition "The Art of Music" by Adnan Hussain. The exhibition of 19 paintings is inspired by travels through Central and South Asia, featuring watercolor, gouache and ink pieces of music from Kyrgyzstan, Uyghurs from China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Enjoy art and live performance in a unique atmosphere.
With Monajat Galeet Dardashti, inheritor of a Persian musical legacy from her grandfather, famed classical singer Yona Dardashti, presents a multi-sensory musical performance to kick off a weekend exploring Iranian Jewish cultural history, as part of the ongoing "Light and Shadows" exhibit. Monajat features live music layered with an electronic soundscape and dynamic live video art in a performance that re-imagines the poetic, repentant Jewish prayers of Selichot. A talkback with Dardashti follows the performance.
World music lovers will gather en masse at Royce Hall this November 1st to hear an artist for peace. Rita Jahanforuz is Israel's most famous female singer—and she's popular in Iran. According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, "Music-loving Iranians craving nostalgic Persian songs of a bygone era, or the upbeat dance music that is banned in their Islamic state, have new darling: Rita, the Israeli singing sensation." Now she's performing in her Los Angeles debut—a concert that promises an amazing show and a lively cross-cultural audience. Rita is a bridge for peace at a time when the rhetoric for war is over-taking the public discourse.