Join curator/host Cassius Khan and a variety of highly accomplished musicians and tea specialists as they immerse you in the cultures of the world, bringing you connection to generations past through songs and experiences that have endured for thousands of years.
On May 28th, renowned Setar performer Peyman Rouhandeh is the honoured artist for an illuminating afternoon of music and refreshments. This event is free and welcome to all.
About Peyman Rouhandeh
Peyman Rouhandeh is an Iranian Setar player/ composer.
He began his musical studies at the age of 18 under the supervision of Padideh Ahrarnejad and later advanced his studies on Iranian classical music repertoire “Radif” with maestro Behrooz Hemmati.
He migrated to Canada in 2007 and has collaborated with various artists from different backgrounds since.
About Cassius Khan
Canada’s most recognizable Indian Classical musician, the globally renowned Cassius Khan is a performer of combining the Classical styles of Ghazal/Thumri singing and the Tabla, the North Indian pair of drums and presents both, simultaneously. He is the senior disciples of the late Malika e Tarannum Mushtari Begum (Dec 25th 1934-March 14th 2004) and Tabla maestro Ustad Rukhsar Ali, who belongs to the Delhi Gharana of Tabla playing. Combining Indian Classical singing with Tabla, for a single artist, is a first in Indian classical music. Many noted Indian Classical Music gurus have proclaimed that singing and playing Tabla in unison is a difficult feat to master as Tabla playing requires skill and strength, as well as an absolute concentration on the kaleidoscopic rhythm patterns of the repertoire, and singing requires absolute skill in the execution of notes and vibrations of the voice and excellent breathing control. Khan’s trademark is performing the extremely rare and difficult “Tarannum Ang Gayaki style” in which the lyrics share a different metre from the rhythm but they join at the Sum point in a certain phrase.
This event is free and welcome to all.
Presented with the support of the Massey Theatre, City of New Westminster and Province of British Columbia