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Arts Canteen presents

Reflections of Silence

Friday 24 March
Main Space
From £12.00
to £15.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

An enthralling collaboration between two highly-skilled musicians from different musical backgrounds, Iranian and Kurdish.

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Tara Jaff and Adib Rostami share a mutual passion and talent for creatively improvising and interpreting Iranian and Kurdish music. Their project, Reflections of Silence, was selected as one of the Top 10 Live UK events by Songlines magazine after its London debut in 2014.

What to Expect

The music you will hear is deeply rooted and imbued with a sense of tradition and continuity with a contemporary voice.

Who's Involved

Tara Jaff is a self-taught Kurdish musician originally from Halabja, Iraq. Over the years, she experimented with different string instruments but it was her fascination with the ancient harps of Mesopotamia that led her to the contemporary Celtic harp. Embracing this instrument, she introduced it to Kurdish music, developing her own unique style of playing. She has given many performances mainly as a solo artist and occasionally with poets, painters and theatre groups in various projects and performances. 

Adib Rostami was born in 1988 in Kermanshah, Iran. He started music by learning Tombak on his own. In 2003, he took part in Mohammad Ghodsi's classes and he could accede in Pejman Hadadi's classes too. After finishing advanced courses in playing tomb, he started learning Kamancheh with Rouzbeh Asadiyan and Maestro Mohammadreza Lotfi. He also participated in Kayhan Kalhor's master classes. For the past years he had several concert with Mehdi Rostami in the UK. 

Sirishkumar Manji is an Indian classical tabla maestro, who was introduced to the tabla at the age of seven by his late father and teacher Pandit: Bhagwanji Manji who in turn learnt from the great singer Pandit: Omkarnath Thakur. Sirishkumar has been performing ever since, working with a range of musical talents and performers, combining Indian classical flavours with modern, classical and world music traditions. He currently spends his time as a performer, producer, composer and teacher.

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This event is wheelchair accessible.