CMS: Experience Middle Eastern Music, Culture March 28

| March 2, 2015
Farshid Soltanshahi, Sandy Weltman will perform music of Middle Eastern, East Indian and African influences during the Explore Music! event on March 28.

Farshid Soltanshahi and Sandy Weltman will perform music of Middle Eastern, East Indian and African influences during the Explore Music! event on March 28.

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) presents “Explore Music! MIDDLE EAST” on Saturday, March 28.

Participants will explore the music and culture of the Middle East through ancient stories, song, crafts and traditional cuisine. Students, teachers and those with a general interest in music and exposure to diverse cultural music practices are invited to participate and observe. Admission is free and open to the public for all ages. Participants can attend multiple workshops or just a single activity.

Events Schedule

For a full timeline of events visit the Community Music School online or call (314) 968-5939.

12:30 p.m. Middle Eastern Cuisine

Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine provided by Café Natasha, will be available for purchase. Cash and check will be accepted.

1 p.m. Workshop: Musical Traditions from the Middle East 

The Musical Traditions from the Middle East workshop will focus on the rich musical heritage of the Jewish, Arabic and Persian cultures. Through ancient stories and song, two of St. Louis’ most talented multi-instrumentalists, Farshid Soltanshahi, a native of Iran, and Sandy Weltman lead the journey far to the Middle East.

2 p.m. Craft Projects

Children and adults of all ages are invited to create arts and crafts projects. Craft a Hamsa to ward off the evil eye, create a prayer mat and map the countries of the Middle East.

2:45 p.m. Music Concert

Farshid Soltanshahi, Sandy Weltman and a guest percussionist will perform a concert featuring a mix of music of Middle Eastern, East Indian and African influences, with Latin jazz and blues. Their music combines three different cities and countries, cultures, and languages, to create music that is not limited to one tradition.

About the Performers

Born in Iran, Farshid Soltanshahi is a multi-instrumentist who started the guitar at the age of 16. He studied and worked in France for 15 years as industrial drafter, professional musician, and guitar and Middle Eastern instruments instructor before touring across Europe. Moving to St. Louis in 1999, Soltanshahi began to mix his Middle Eastern influences with Latin jazz and blues to find his unique sound. Soltanshahi cooks up music with Iranian, East Indian and African spices, combining three different cities and countries, three different cultural environments, and three different languages, to create music that is not limited to one tradition.

Sandy Weltman is equally skilled in blues, celtic, klezmer, Latin, and much more. He learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard Levy, a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He has since gained international recognition in the World Harmonica Competitions. Weltman has won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo. He currently performs his unique style of harmonica jazz in a duo, trio and quartet setting.

 

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