Crossroads Asia program: "Sound: The Encounter, New Music from Iran and Syria"


A collection of newly developed and arranged musical pieces inspired by the millennium-old musical legacy of the ancient Silk Route, inspired by traditional musical forms and styles and reimagined within a new frame. Featured music pieces, rooted in a tradition of rhythms and compositional forms, are contemporary in their expression.

The result is music that could only have emerged from artists whose own musical journeys have zigzagged back and forth between cultures and influences in a unique way, creating music that is at once seamless and surprising. Occasional jazz-inflected harmonies, finely etched exchanges of percussion timbres and rhythms, and filigree ornamentation of the wind instruments and vocals provide freshness and intense focus on the color of sound.

The concert features Saeid Shanbehzadeh (neyanban, neyjoti, boogh horns, dance, vocals), Basel Rajoub (saxophones, duclar), Naghib Shanbehzadeh (tombak/zarb, darbuka) and guest artist Kenan Adnawi (oud).



Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004


$30 general admission; $25 Asia Society Texas Center members.
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