Friday, November 3, 2017, 8 PM
At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre
Category A $45 | Category B $35 | Category C $20
$10 students with ID and children 18 and under
“Their journey across oceans can be heard in their music... This is an interesting blend of modern electronica with traditional folk songs and Su mysticism... Los Angeles meets New Delhi meets Tehran." —NPR Weekend Edition
Azam Ali, vocals
Music can be a universal line of communication, highlighting shared human values and a desire for unity. Iranian-Canadian ensemble Niyaz embraces this idea, connecting the East and the West through their music—serving as a sanctuary in the modern world of polarized ideologies and bridging the gap of understanding and tolerance. This groundbreaking new show, based on their album, The Fourth Light, is a live musical and sacred dance performance combined with interactive technologies and advanced projection and body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. Created in collaboration with interactive designer and visual artist Jerome Delapierre, The Fourth Light provides a unique narrative and an immersive, multi-sensory experience.
This program is part of the Moss Arts Center project, SALAAM: Exploring Muslim Cultures. This project is made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
World Beats, Multi-Media | Deeper, Global (Salaam)
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Nadine Sinno, Ph.D., assistant professor of Arabic, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Anne Elise Thomas, Ph.D., ethnomusicologist
Before the performance, join Nadine Sinno and Anne Elise Thomas in this discussion on feminism, Sufism, and music and the enduring legacy of Rabia Al Basri, the central figure of Niyaz’s Fourth Light Project.
Free; admission first-come, first-served, but to guarantee your seat, register through the box office.