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The Art of Afghan Music: Homayun Sakhi, rubāb; Salar Nader, tabla

Enjoy classical Afghan music and learn about its history from the leading exponent of the eighteen-stringed rubāb (lute), Afghanistan’s national instrument. Homayun Sakhi, one of the outstanding Afghan musicians of his generation in both the United States and Afghanistan, is a charismatic virtuoso who has expanded the repertoire of his instrument. Sakhi creates music that is unmistakably Afghan while resonating with the spirit of Indian ragas that Afghans have prized since the Mughal era. He performed at Carnegie Hall with Salar Nader in 2015 and is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways recordings: Rainbow, with the Kronos Quartet, and Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubāb.  A longtime student of tabla great Zakir Hussain, Salar Nader has accompanied Afghan vocalist Ahmed Wali, Iranian singers Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, and Pakistani legends Salamat and Ghulam Ali Khan. He also has collaborated on innovative projects with the Kronos Quartet and author Khaled Hosseini on a stage adaptation of The Kite… Co-sponsor: Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: International Gallery. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:00 PM.

The Art of Afghan Music: Homayun Sakhi, rubāb; Salar Nader, tabla

Enjoy classical Afghan music and learn about its history from the leading exponent of the eighteen-stringed rubāb (lute), Afghanistan’s national instrument. Homayun Sakhi, one of the outstanding Afghan musicians of his generation in both the United States and Afghanistan, is a charismatic virtuoso who has expanded the repertoire of his instrument. Sakhi creates music that is unmistakably Afghan while resonating with the spirit of Indian ragas that Afghans have prized since the Mughal era. He performed at Carnegie Hall with Salar Nader in 2015 and is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways recordings: Rainbow, with the Kronos Quartet, and Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubāb.  A longtime student of tabla great Zakir Hussain, Salar Nader has accompanied Afghan vocalist Ahmed Wali, Iranian singers Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, and Pakistani legends Salamat and Ghulam Ali Khan. He also has collaborated on innovative projects with the Kronos Quartet and author Khaled Hosseini on a stage adaptation of The Kite… Co-sponsor: Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: International Gallery. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00 PM.

The Art of Afghan Music: Homayun Sakhi, rubāb; Salar Nader, tabla

Enjoy classical Afghan music and learn about its history from the leading exponent of the eighteen-stringed rubāb (lute), Afghanistan’s national instrument. Homayun Sakhi, one of the outstanding Afghan musicians of his generation in both the United States and Afghanistan, is a charismatic virtuoso who has expanded the repertoire of his instrument. Sakhi creates music that is unmistakably Afghan while resonating with the spirit of Indian ragas that Afghans have prized since the Mughal era. He performed at Carnegie Hall with Salar Nader in 2015 and is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways recordings: Rainbow, with the Kronos Quartet, and Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubāb.  A longtime student of tabla great Zakir Hussain, Salar Nader has accompanied Afghan vocalist Ahmed Wali, Iranian singers Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, and Pakistani legends Salamat and Ghulam Ali Khan. He also has collaborated on innovative projects with the Kronos Quartet and author Khaled Hosseini on a stage adaptation of The Kite… Co-sponsor: Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: International Gallery. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Saturday, April 2, 2016, 3:00 PM.

The Art of Afghan Music: Homayun Sakhi, rubāb; Salar Nader, tabla

Enjoy classical Afghan music and learn about its history from the leading exponent of the eighteen-stringed rubāb (lute), Afghanistan’s national instrument. Homayun Sakhi, one of the outstanding Afghan musicians of his generation in both the United States and Afghanistan, is a charismatic virtuoso who has expanded the repertoire of his instrument. Sakhi creates music that is unmistakably Afghan while resonating with the spirit of Indian ragas that Afghans have prized since the Mughal era. He performed at Carnegie Hall with Salar Nader in 2015 and is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways recordings: Rainbow, with the Kronos Quartet, and Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubāb.  A longtime student of tabla great Zakir Hussain, Salar Nader has accompanied Afghan vocalist Ahmed Wali, Iranian singers Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, and Pakistani legends Salamat and Ghulam Ali Khan. He also has collaborated on innovative projects with the Kronos Quartet and author Khaled Hosseini on a stage adaptation of The Kite… Co-sponsor: Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: International Gallery. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:00 PM.

The Art of Afghan Music: Homayun Sakhi, rubāb; Salar Nader, tabla

Enjoy classical Afghan music and learn about its history from the leading exponent of the eighteen-stringed rubāb (lute), Afghanistan’s national instrument. Homayun Sakhi, one of the outstanding Afghan musicians of his generation in both the United States and Afghanistan, is a charismatic virtuoso who has expanded the repertoire of his instrument. Sakhi creates music that is unmistakably Afghan while resonating with the spirit of Indian ragas that Afghans have prized since the Mughal era. He performed at Carnegie Hall with Salar Nader in 2015 and is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways recordings: Rainbow, with the Kronos Quartet, and Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubāb.  A longtime student of tabla great Zakir Hussain, Salar Nader has accompanied Afghan vocalist Ahmed Wali, Iranian singers Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, and Pakistani legends Salamat and Ghulam Ali Khan. He also has collaborated on innovative projects with the Kronos Quartet and author Khaled Hosseini on a stage adaptation of The Kite… Co-sponsor: Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: International Gallery. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 PM.

Performance: Shanghai Quartet

The two-time Grammy-nominated Wu Man performs on solo pipa (Chinese lute). She joins the great Shanghai Quartet for Tan Dun’s seminal Ghost Opera (chamber version), Yi-wen Jiang’s Folksong Suite, and the Washington premiere of Red Lantern by Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin. To complete this all-Chinese program, the Shanghai adds Bright Sheng’s Quartet no. 4, “Silent Temple,” which was co-commissioned by the FreerǀSackler in 2000 and is dedicated to the Shanghai Quartet. Wu and the Shanghai are taking this collaboration to twelve North American cities this season, with a finale at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Wu was named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2013 by Musical America. She is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and artist-in-residence with the Kronos Quartet this season. Strings magazine has praised the Shanghai Quartet for “32 years of carrying the torch of rigorous musical integrity and profound commitment to playing music as if it was always being created anew.” The two-time… Co-sponsor: Presented jointly by the FreerǀSackler and the Smithsonian Associates. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Baird Auditorium. Cost: Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased beginning at 9 am on February 1 through SmithsonianAssociates.org, at 202.633.3030, or at the Ripley Center (1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Suite 3077). A $2 non-refundable fee is applied for all tickets, plus an additional $3 non-refundable handling fee per order for charges by phone. Purchase Tickets: http://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30 PM.