Planet Music: 1001 Nights Orchestra

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For this show, the 1001 Nights Orchestra will be focusing more on our Southwest Asian, Middle Eastern and the Caucuses regional repertoire. Songs from the following regions will be represented: Iran, Turkey, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Armenia, Albania, Azarbaijan, the Arab World and more.

Besides the core ensemble, we are very honored to have as guest musicians for this special concert Frances Elliot on the ney reed and orchestra flutes, Rabiya Ali on the vocals, and very special guest joining us from Houston Erin Foster Ghanem playing the qanun zither as well as Indian tabla drums and other percussion. Erin is one of the original members of 1001 Nights and we are thrilled to have her joining us for this concert!

Musicians and instrumentation (so far!) are as follows:

Anne Alexander: dohol/davul/tapan, zils, dumbek, daff, saz
Rabiya (Bia) Ali: vocals
Frances Elliott: ney reed and classical flutes
Erin Foster Ghanem: qanun/kanun, tabla, percussion
Kamran Hooshmand: vocals, oud/barbat, guitar, santur (hammered dulcimer), rebab/robab (Southwest Asian lute), saz
Ken Maranian: clarinet
Lisa Schneider: violin
Eric Vormelker: bass
Don Weeda: accordion, keyboards

We are playing many danceable tunes and invite everyone to put their dancing shoes on and get on the large dance floor!

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By: Asian American Resource Center - City of Austin