The mission of our programs is to celebrate and foster appreciation for the cultural music, poetry and dance of the Near East through concerts, workshops, classes and performances for a broad spectrum of diverse students and audiences. Our common ground is oneness in diversity concurrent with an active search for deeper insights and a more comprehensive understanding of the rich ethnicities of the world. Together we pursue this quest with the positive, joyous, healing power of the world's ancient and modern musical traditions. The ultimate goal is to develop a holistic paradigm, one that integrates cultures by promoting cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.
A description of our workshops:
A Rumi Song of Love
Sufi Repertoire by Rumi on Unity
Leili: A Love Song
"His show is always a great success. He builds a connection between the audience and the poems and their history."
-- Jinyoung Jin, Director of Cultural Programs for the Charles B. Wang Center
"The ornate walls of the upper church echoed with the undulating chords of traditional Persian instruments... soulfully and skillfully played by the composer and vocalist Amir Vahab."
-- Maura Monaghan for "The Heights", Boston College
Described by the New York Times as an "ambassador for a silenced music", Amir Vahab is one of New York City's most commemorated deliverers of Near Eastern folk, traditional and Sufi music and poetry. Educated in London and at the University of Paris with a focus on engineering and linguistics, Amir Vahab formed his ensemble in the U.S. upon his arrival here in 1981. Since then he has been an entrepreneur, lectured at NYU (for 30+ years) and many other universities, taught private classes, led whirling, dance, drumming and poetry workshops, composed eclectic music for theatre and film and been recognized for his performances worldwide. His work seeks to bridge an understanding between different cultures while inspiring his students and audiences to appreciate the tradition embodied by classical instruments and their relevance to contemporary sound.
Like the man himself, Mr. Vahab's music symbolizes diversity in unity. For more information visit Tanbour.org, his comprehensive website.