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East Meets West: Dance Concert and Party

Join us for a timeless and colorful collaboration Eastern and Western music, dance, and poetry with performers of Ballet Afsaneh dancing to the music of the Zaryab Ensemble and the French horn quartet Quadre. Aycan Yeter, an amazing musician from Turkey, will also be playing.  Dance selections by Farima Berenji and Ballet Afsaneh will include Classical Persian, Sema (Whirling), and Azeri dances.  Stay until the end and we will have a dance workshop and party!!

Admission is $10-$15, sliding scale.  Doors open at 7pm and concert begins at 7:30pm.

Some light food and beverages are sold at Ashkenaz for that party atmosphere.

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The Zaryab Ensemble brings a contemporary re-interpretation of Persian traditional roots, melding ancient Persian modal qualities and traditional instruments with modern musical systems. The band features a renowned international cast, specialized in both Persian and Western musical systems, all based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ballet Afsaneh is an internationally renowned ensemble performing dances of Persia and the Silk Road.  Since its founding in 1986, Ballet Afsaneh and the Afsaneh Art & Culture Society have produced critically acclaimed programs for San Francisco's M.H. De Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, British Museum in London, and the Cabrillo Music Festival.

Quadre French horn ensemble has performed at over 1000 concerts, lectures and workshops throughout the United States since its inception in 1998.  Highly entertaining with a bit of whimsy, Quadre "zaps the myth that classical stuff's stuffy!" (Birmingham News).

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  • Kevin G.

    That night there were many surprises such as an Alpenhorn solo, an amazing drum duet where Western drums were beaten with the hands instead of drumsticks, and I was coaxed to the floor to dance in the performance. The schedule ran late so there wasn't as much time for dance participation as expected but for the amazing Persian dance solos and expert playing I doubt anyone left disappointed.

    October 30, 2012

  • Kevin G.

    Since there is open seating at this event those who arrive first have the best choice of seats. I will try to grab a table near front so up to 8 of us might sit together. For parking, Ashkenaz recommends the REI parking lot across the street (REI closes at 7pm) or street parking on Gilman, San Pablo or other nearby streets.

    Everyone may participate in a short Persian folk dance workshop taught by Farima Berenji after the concert and the dance party that immediately follows

    October 26, 2012

  • Kevin G.

    I just found out that to get the $10 admission price you need buy tickets in advance from Eventbrite. They charge an additional $1.49 fee but it is still cheaper than $15 at the door. Use this link to purchase tickets

    I'll have more advice on how to park there and meet later.

    October 24, 2012

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