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Illumination - Persian & Turkish Music Concert

featuring Vashaan Persian Ensemble & Omar Faruk Tekbilek

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 8:00pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC

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Vashaan Music Society and Caravan World Rhythms once again join forces to present a sublime evening of Persian and Turkish music, reuniting international-renowned Turkish Sufi musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek with Vancouver’s premiere Vashaan Persian Music Ensemble, and whirling dervish Raqib Burke, who performed together in the memorable concert “Sufi Journey” to a full house at the Chan Centre in 2014. These uniquely talented artists, joined by Israeli-Canadian guitarist Itamar Erez, will embark on a new presentation called “Illumination”, led by female santour player and musical director, Saina Khaledi.


Omar Faruk Tekbilek is the most important international exponent of Sufi-inspired music from Turkey, who has created a loyal following across a variety of communities including World Music, Middle-eastern dance, and Jazz, since he began touring 30 years ago. He is a virtuoso on several instruments, including the nay (bamboo flute), the zurna (double-reed oboe like instrument), the baglama (long-necked lute) and a variety of hand percussions. Omar Faruk brilliantly interprets the Sufi, folk, and contemporary music of the Middle East.

Gathering together some of the finest classically trained Persian musicians working outside Iran, the Vashaan Ensemble draws upon Iran’s rich musical past to perform joyful and memorable Persian Traditional songs Members of the group include Reza Honari (kemanche – spike fiddle), Fathieh Honari (vocals), Hamin Honari (percussion), Ali Razmi (tar Persian lute), Saina Khaledi (santur), and Ali Sajjadi (oud).

Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others. Born in Israel, but making his home in Vancouver, Itamar's music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply; It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own.

Rounding out the presentation is the internationally renowned Whirling Dervish, Raqib Brian Burke and his guest ensemble, known for their strong adherence to the spiritual Sufi tradition while exploring new movement vocabulary that reaches deep into the soul of those watching them.