Oxy to Host World Music Celebration Oct. 1
American and Middle Eastern artists will perform traditional and contemporary world music at the Wehda World Music Celebration to be held 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall.
Featured artists will include the Kan Zaman Takht Ensemble and Salaam Suite, which will perform classical, folk and popular styles led by Wael Kakish and Paul Livingstone. Performances from traditional Muwashshahat (sacred sung poetry developed in the eighth and ninth century Arab Spain) to contemporary multilingual songs and improvisations – infused with Indian, Latin and popular music styles – will stress peace and unity. Images and themes of war and spirituality, and peace and justice, will be presented through collaborative music, visuals and poetry.
Occidental College is located at 1600 Campus Road in Eagle Rock. For a campus map and directions, click here. General admission tickets are $15 ($5 for students). To order tickets, call (323) 258-1424 or click here.
The Wehda World Music Celebration is being held in conjunction with the World Festival of Sacred Music – a two-week event running Sept. 17 to Oct. 2. The celebration features more than 1,000 artists who showcase their music in 43 places – large and small, sacred and secular – throughout Los Angeles County.
The World Festival of Sacred Music-Los Angeles has been held since 1999 and was initiated at the encouragement of the Dalai Lama, who urged the world to commit itself to a millennium of peace.