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Performance: Sounds of Kolachi
March 31, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, the new 10-piece supergroup of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi (formerly known as Kolachi) blurs raga and western harmony, counterpoint and South Asian melodic lines, all without losing the groove. In this instantly listenable ensemble, South Asian classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi are on equal footing with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. Guiding the journey, composer, theorist and singer Ahsan Bari spins outrageous, bluesy, modal riffs. Like the West’s Son Lux or The National, Sounds of Kolachi defies boundaries in its mix of classical, avant-garde, jazz and rock music.
“Sounds of Kolachi’s distinctive sound sets it far apart. The band-cum-orchestra left audiences enthralled.” –Express Tribune (Pakistan)
This performance is part of the year-long festival, “A Sufi Journey, Sacred/Secular,” an exploration of Sufism as a spiritual and cultural lens into Islam through the work of performers from four Muslim-majority nations outside the Arab world: Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Senegal.
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