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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

thu02may7:30 pmthu9:30 pmThe Last Dance Event Organized ByTime Will Tell Arts SocietyEvent Type Dance7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00) Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4, Canada

Event Details

Presented by Time Will Tell Arts Society, the Naadaleela Ensemble performs “The Last Dance,” with music composed by Amir Eslami featuring choreographers/dancers Fereshteh Zakeri (Iran), Ashvini Sundaram (India) and Chengxin Wei (China).

Fusing Persian, Indian, Taiwanese, and Chinese traditional music and dance, “The Last Dance” reflects on the struggle for freedom in Iran and our shared value for humanity, friendship, and artistic expression.

The Naadaleela Ensemble was born to explore the common (and not-so-common) musical ground between the music of the “Eastern” world. Featuring acclaimed musicians from Iran, South India, Taiwan, and North America, the sounds of Persian and Indian classical music meet with those of China, tempered with a tinge of North American jazz aesthetics. The group creates new musical works and explorations from its members and arranges existing repertoire from various cultural backgrounds, taking the listener on a fascinating musical journey. The ensemble features Persian ney player Amir Eslami, Carnatic musicians Vidyasagar Vankayala (voice) and Curtis Andrews (mridangam), jazz guitarist Jared Burrows, and members of the adventurous Orchid Ensemble (Lan Tung-erhu, Dailin Hsieh-zheng, Jonathan Bernard-percussion).

The Naadaleela Ensemble creates a musical conversation between ancient cultures that span the Silk Road – from Iran to India and China  – and have been influencing each other for over 2,000 years. Even though the group represents some of BC’s most significant cultural communities, very few projects feature such collaborations. Drawing on their training across various musical disciplines, the musicians reach into and across lines of difference, fusing influences of South Indian, Chinese, Persian, Taiwanese, Indonesian, western classical, contemporary music, and jazz. The result is a heady and aromatic offering.


May 2, 2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

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