Mahsa Vahdat and SKRUK Choir in Concert
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents a spectacular performance of world music on Saturday, July 7, 2018, featuring acclaimed Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, renowned composer and pianist Tord Gustavsen, master percussionist Greg Ellis, and the award-winning SKRUK Choir of Norway. Join us for an exciting and uplifting musical experience at the Cavalry Presbyterian Church of San Francisco.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
7:00 pm (doors at 6:30)
Tickets: Front and Center $45 (very limited number of seats), General $35, Students/Senior Citizens $25 (online only, must present ID at door).
About the artists:
Mahsa Vahdat: Born in Tehran in 1973, Mahsa Vahdat began learning music from an early age. She took piano lessons and received Persian singing instructions from various musicians in Iran. she also plays the Persian string instrument setar. She entered the University of Arts in Tehran in 1993 and graduated with a B.A. in Music. Since 1995 Mahsa has performed as an independent artist in concerts and festivals in Asia, Europe, the US, and Africa together with musicians from Iran, Europe and America. She has also appeared on stage as a solo singer or with her sister Marjan Vahdat. Following her participation in Lullabies from the Axis of Evil (2004), Mahsa started a long lasting collaboration with the Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV), which led to a world wide release of a series of records. Since 2007 Mahsa is one of the ambassadors of Freemuse Organization, an independent international organization that advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. In 2010, she was granted the Freemuse Award. http://mahsavahdat.com/
SKRUK Choir: The SKRUK Choir has been under the leadership of Per Oddvar Hildre for over 40 years and through all these years it has been a groundbreaking force in Norwegian choir music. Since its inception in 1973, SKRUK has found - and been found by - several exciting musical partners at home and abroad. Per Oddvar Hildre (born 23 April 1950) is a Norwegian choirmaster. He is perhaps better known as "Prots" and started SKRUK in 1973. He is counted as one of Europe's leading choirmasters and haa received several awards for his work. The choir is run as a non-profit organization and consists of 50 singers from all parts of Norway. Its activity is project-based and the choir meets for four weekends a year in addition to a longer summer assembly. http://www.skruk.no/en/about/
Tord Gustavsen: Pianist Tord Gustavsen has released seven albums on ECM Records with his ensemble and trio; "Changing Places" (2003), "The Ground" (2005), "Being There" (2007), "Restored, Returned" (2009/2010), "The Well" (2012); "Extended Circle" (2014); and "What was said" (2016). His music has been met by a huge volume of critical approval around the world. He has won the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannsprisen) and numerous other awards and prizes, including the prestigious "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik - Jahrepreis in Germany for his most recent album featuring the German-Afghan singer Simin Tander. Before starting his solo career, Tord had already been an important part of the Norwegian jazz scene for several years. His playing has formed a cornerstone in projects featuring some of the finest Norwegian singers, including Solveig Slettahjell, Silje Nergaard, Siri Gjære, and Kristin Asbjørnsen. The urge for individual expression fuses with acutely attentive listening in creative interplay, making Tord a very special experience both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. While relating to fields like Scandinavian folk music, gospel, Caribbean music and cool jazz alike, Tord's ensembles present a unique universe of lyricism and subtle funkiness. His way of melding jazz history with 'Nordic' reflective moods and lyrical beauty brings about an intriguing voice on today's music scene. Learn more: www.tordgustavsen.com
Greg Ellis: Greg Ellis: As a musician who thrives on being uncategorizable, Greg Ellis seamlessly transcends all musical genres. He has acquired his self-taughttechnique from many cultures and musical styles to create an approach to drumming and music uniquely his own. Recognized as one of the more innovative and versatile drummers in the world, he has performed in concert and recorded with musical masters from over 30 countries including Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, KODO, Sussan Deyhim, Ardeshir Kamkar, Pejman Hadadi, Shankar Ghosh, Chiwoniso Mairaire, Juno Reactor and many more. Ellis also founded the world music duo Vas and released many successful and critically acclaimed albums. His percussion work in Vas drew the attention of some of the top film composers and Ellis is now a featured performer on over 100 film scores including 300, Argo, The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, Ironman, Body of Lies and Transformers. He has also composed music for numerous international film and television projects including the award winning documentaries Chasing Niagara and The Road to Fallujah.
Cavalry Presbyterian Church (View)
2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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