Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series

BobaniMarkoMarkovicOrkestarFounded in 2011, the Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series, organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at BU’s School of Music, showcases musicians, dancers, and performing artists steeped in folkloric, vernacular, popular, and traditional musics from the world over. Accompanied by lectures or workshops whenever possible, this concert series offers the audience intellectual insights and hands-on experiences in diverse performing arts from various parts of the globe. The series also aims to serve as an interface between the School of Music and other departments, schools, colleges, and centers to integrate the arts into academically rigorous curriculum and foster collaborative relationships across BU campus. The Global Music Concert Series is sponsored by the Karbank Fund for World Music, the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, the School of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and BU Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost.

Upcoming Performances

Fall 2016

It is with great sadness that I announce the cancellation of the Saami Brothers’ Qawwali performance at BU on November 14th. We’ve been told that the US consulate in Pakistan has postponed issuing artist visas due to reasons related to the election, and the artists will not be able to travel in time to perform on BU campus.
We are very sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this may have caused. We truly hope to have a chance to host these extraordinary musicians—the Sufi messengers of peace—on BU campus in the near future.

 

 

 

SAAMI BROTHERS: KINGS OF QAWWALI

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SUFI DEVOTIONAL SONGS FROM PAKISTAN

 

 

Hailing from Pakistan, the Saami Brothers will bring their centuries-old family tradition of Qawwali music to Boston. Dating back to the 13th century, the Qawwali tradition is an energetic musical performance of Sufi mystical poetry that aims to lead listeners to an ecstatic state of union with Allah (God). Qawwali music synthesizes poetic rhythm with the north Indian khayāl tradition of singing, creating an enthralling layer of musical sounds consisting of lead vocalists, a chorus of hand-clapping qawwals, harmonium (pump organ), and a set of tabla drums. The Saami Brothers, comprised of four brothers and one cousin, are descendants of the late Qawwali singer Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, who won numerous awards for his efforts to keep the classical tradition alive. The family continues to carry on his work and bring this tradition of spiritual devotion and sonic ecstasy through their music.

(Click  here  and here  for a preview of the Saami Brothers’ performance.)

The Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series, organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, showcases musicians, dancers, and performing artists steeped in folkloric, traditional, vernacular, and popular musics from the world over. The series aims to provide students and faculty with opportunities to explore diverse musical practices from the world over. Accompanied by lectures or workshops whenever possible, this concert series will offer the audience intellectual insights and hands-on experiences in selected performing arts from various parts of the globe. Sponsored by the Karbank Fund for World Music, College of Fine Arts, and BU Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost – www.bu.edu/arts

 

 

Programming Director

Marié Abe, Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology Contact

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