October 12, 2011—The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) will host Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet in a special activity-packed residency from October 16-22, 2011. This year’s residencies feature the creative arts of Pakistan. The AANNH residency hosts two musical groups: Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers and the Tari Khan Ensemble.
Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are the direct descendents of the first choirs to sing in the Khusrou qawwali tradition, more than 700 years ago. They are considered the present-day torch bearers of this transcendent form of Sufi devotional music. The Caravanserai residencies mark their first appearances in the U.S.
The Tari Khan Ensemble is led by percussionist Ustad Tari Khan, internationally acclaimed as “The Tabla Prince of India and Pakistan.” Tablas are hand drums that whose mastery results in a wide array of sounds and tones. His mesmerizing tabla performance will be accompanied by additional percussionists playing dholis. Dholis are double-headed drums worn suspended from a strap across the player’s neck. The player holds a different kind of stick in each hand and plays both ends of the drum simultaneously while spinning.
In addition to the culminating concert, the schedule of events includes a vegetarian potluck welcoming reception, world music jam, an intergenerational drumming workshop, and two informal presentations (for schedule details, click here). All events except the final concert are free and open to people of all ages.
Launched by Arts Midwest in 2010 (on behalf of the US Regional Arts Organizations) with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Caravanserai residencies provide American audiences a unique opportunity to “experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim artistic expressions.” The AANNH is honored to be one of only five organizations in America selected as a host for the 2011-2012 season. Please attend one or more of these unique and enriching events!
(Click the images below for one-page PDF study guides about each of the artists!)