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Festival highlights Asian music

Echoes of Asia concert, April 2010. Photo by Laura Emiko Soltis.

Experience Asian tradition and culture in several Emory musical events this month.

Emory Asian Music Festival, Feb. 16-19 at the Performing Arts Studio highlights the sounds and musical traditions from China, Indonesia, Korea, North and South India and Tibet. Presented by the Department of Music, the festival features the seven Asian music ensembles in the Emory World Music Program, which will perform classical genres, folk repertoire and new compositions from the respective cultural regions.

The Asian Music Festival is spread across four performances; the first features Korean music on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., the second highlights the Sounds of Sunda (with the Emory Gamelan) on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Chinese and Tibetan music will be performed on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., and the final performance of the festival will feature Indian music on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. All performances are free.

Asian cultural sound is highlighted again when the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet performs with the Alim Qasimov Ensemble on Feb. 17, 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  The legendary singer Alim Qasimov originates from Azerbaijan, geographically part of the Caucasus, but closely bound to Central Asia through a common cultural heritage of music. The groups perform together Azerbaijani classical music known as mugham, and the repertoire of popular bardic songs sung by ashiqs, traditional singer-songwriters whose song texts often portray with wry humor and searing irony, the power of love and the pain of separation. The concert is part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series.

Discounted tickets are available for Emory faculty, staff and students, by calling the Emory Arts box office at 404.727.5050.

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