|Khosro Berahmandi and me|
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
FESTIVAL ACCÈS ASIE
Over 70 artists will be performing, giving workshops and more in the sensational events that number twenty. Theatre, dance, music, even a day of feasting on Afghan food is on the plate. Interdisciplinary concerts that combine different arts is sure to inspire.
Khosro Berahmandi, artistic director of this 23-year-old festival that coincides with Asian Heritage Month in
Montreal and North . It brings together all
communities of various backgrounds while shining the light on Asian culture and
its various artistic expressions. America
The opening festival cocktail night featured a jaw-dropping performance of duo of Golestan with oud-master Nazih Borish and percussionist, Ziya Tabassian. The actual group comprises four musicians, but for the festival Marina Salonga will guest with the group. She is a multi-disciplinary dance, and on Moay18th at 8 pm she will be performing with Golestan, improvising to several songs performing gypsy fusion style.
There is something for everyone in this festival so check out the website: www.accesasie.com. Order your tickets now. Concerts and events run from May 1st to May 27th, and are at various venues throughout
Call (514) 298-0757. Montreal
STRINGS OF ROMANCE: EXPRESSIVE MAGNIFICENCE
Bourgie Hall, May 12th, 2 p.m.
presented by Montreal's Centre Kabir
This exhilarating concert in two parts showed off the incredible technique and passion of three brilliant musicians: sitarist, Shujajaat Khan and tabla players Indranil Mallick and Osbert Lyall. The sitar playing was so impeccable as Mr. Khan created varying rhythms and speeds, often reaching implausible lightning-speed force where his hand became a blur of movement. His stamina is off the charts!
Likewise for the wizard-like ta
bla performers - their synchronicity with the sitar was extraordinary - jaw-dropping, yet deceptively effortless in execution. Their thunderous “hammering” on the taut skin of the paired tabla for each Mr. Lyall told me that all three had never played together before this concert.
The post-intermission segment (which by the way was preceded with chai tea and rusk down in Bourgie’s lobby) featured Mr Khan singing both a love song praising his lover’s eyes, followed by a religious ode in two parts to one of the Hindu gods. I had to ask someone sitting beside me what the lyric was about in both songs – a shame we were not briefly told a bit about each song.
Part of Accès Asie Festival, this outstanding concert is eternally imprinted in my soul.