Music from India and Iraq with Samar Zeki and more…

Music from India and Iraq with Samar Zeki and more…

Friday 5 May 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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Samar has captivated the audience here with her Arabic singing before. Via her links with she has brought together an amazing group of London-based singers and musicians from Indian (Hindustani and Carnatic) and Iraqi traditions for a varied night of song, oud and tabla performances: Vishnu Vijayan, Aarthi Ravichandran, Achintya Prahlad, Ruba Hillawi plus Russell Harris.

About the musicians:

Vishnu Vijayan: Vishnu has been playing tabla and Hindustani classical music for most of his life. He plays different percussion instruments and beatboxing, and has collaborated with fusion bands and musicians across India and in London.

Aarthi Ravichandran: Aarthi is a classical Indian Carnatic singer. Aarthi has been singing since childhood. She is a seasoned performer having performed in India, Europe and the US.

Achintya Prahlad: Achintya is an Indian Hindustani singer, composer and lyricist. He also sings other Indian genres, and has given several performances and lecture-demonstrations in India, Germany and the UK.

Ruba Hillawi: Ruba is an Iraqi oud musician. She is particularly interested in playing the the Iraqi maqam genre. Ruba teaches the oud at the Taqasim Music School, London.

Samar Zeki: Samar comes originally from Iraq. She sings in Arabic and is interested in singing Andalusian Muwashahat. Samar performed at Ashburton Arts Centre in 2022.

Russell Harris: Russell has been involved with performance of middle eastern music since the mid 1980s. He has studied music with teachers in Turkey and other middle eastern countries, and is a member of the Trio Baklava, among many others. In this concert he’ll be playing oud.


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