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Concert: Majnun Party 6
September 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
CRS presents Majnun Party 6, an evening of visual art and mostly acoustic experimental/original tunes inspired by traditional music from around the world. Majnun Party is a series of house-party style music/dance/art events held around the city and curated by musician Lulla LayLa. Majnun 6 will take place at CRS on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The line-up (listed in alphabetical order) includes musical acts Bettina Sheppard, Lulla LayLa, Maria Primavera de Jerez, Raif Hyseni, and Siddhartha Mehta and interactive visual art by Izu Watanabe.
At the end of event, we may enjoy a little jam. We welcome your voices and instruments. Please bring snacks and drinks to share!
Majnun takes its name from “Layla and Majnun,” a famous narrative poem about star-crossed lovers composed in 584/1188 by the Persian poet Neẓāmi Ganjavi based on a semi-historical Arab story about the 7th century Bedouin poet Qays ibn Al-Mulawwah and his love, Layla bint Mahdi.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM (artists listed in alphabetical order)
Amit Chakraborty is an Indian Classical Vocalist who started learning music at the age of eight at Gostha Bihari Sangeet Sikhayatan and belongs to Patiala Gharana. Amit’s focus is Hindustani Classical Vocal, Thumri, Dadra Rag Pradhan, Bhajan, and theoretical analysis of Indian Classical Music.
Bettina Sheppard: experimental vocals inspired by Celtic music and storytelling.
Bettina Sheppard is a Welsh-American singer and composer and also an Author, Vocal Instructor, Faculty at CCNY, and Artistic Director of SAVA(Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts )
Izu Watanabe: 2D / 3D visual artist and graphic designer
For Majnun Party 6, he is creating new Interactive Lithophane Art.
Lulla LayLa: Japanese singer songwriter, vocals and tanbur
Lulla LayLa (formerly Lulla Miyuki) is a Japanese Singer Songwriter, Composer and Singer originally based in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2000, she has made her creative home in New York City. Lulla LayLa’s music has Japanese traditional elements combined with a psychedelic/contemporary world folk sensibility. Her music delivers haunting piano ballads about love and many other subjects. Since 2017, she has also been composing songs with and accompany herself on the Kurdish tanbur. With this instrument, her sound takes on an even more exotic folk sensibility. The theme of her songs/poems never changes, but when writing for tanbur she does utilize a more simplified lyric with a repetitive structure that will leave a magical impression on your heart. You may also find these songs to be influenced by Sufi music. On several occasions audience members from different parts of the world have said to Lulla LayLa, ” Your music makes me nostalgic because your music seems like my country’s music,” even though she was not familiar with or hadn’t heard their country’s songs. She loves the idea of folk or devotional music bringing people together. Lulla LayLa says, “We all know that the original songwriter of all lyrics and music is one, as we all know that our original home country is one.”
Maria Primavera de Jerez: Flamenco based music, vocals and guitar
Maria was born in Puerto de Santa María and grew up in Jerez de la Frontera, the mecca of Flamenco, Andalucía. She lived in Paris for seven years where she studied theater. Then she moved to New York where she began her career as a flamenco singer and as an actress. Maria has been singing and playing guitar since she was 12 and has been accompanied by great musicians. She has performed in public places such as Grand Central Station in NYC and an array of theaters in the U.S. such as La Mama Etc. in NYC, as well as in Europe. She won an award as the most promising Latin actress in NYC. Maria has recently resumed her career as a singer and performer after spending some years in Andalucia getting back to her family and roots.
Raif Hyseni: Albanian accordion player
Raif Hyseni is the most famous Albanian accordion player in the world. Born in the town of Mitrovica, Republic of Kosovo, he went to elementary music school in Mitrovica, then to music high school, and to the Academy of Performing Arts, at the University of Kosovo. He graduated from Caldwell College and got his Masters from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is the founder of the first and only Albanian Balkan Ensemble in the USA where he works as an Adjunct Professor. As a young accordion player he performed for the Albanian National Radio and TV. Raif performed with maestro violin-player Isak Mucolli. Raif has written numerous songs and instrumental pieces for the accordion: “Fantasy for Accordion,” “Tango Tirana,” “Albanian in Japan,” “Traveling through Albania,” “One Song without words,” “Accordion and Three Glasses,” “Manhattan Chochek,” “Pearls,” etc. He has written music for theatre as well as for the documentary film “From Refuge to Immigrant.” He has performed at the Smithsonian Institute, US Library of Congress, John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Lincoln Center, New York, Barbican Center, London, and at many other places in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Raif is a winner of many different national and international awards. “Punctuated by speed demon on accordion” — The New York Times, “Albania’s Ambassador” — The Star Ledger, NJ
Siddhartha Mehta: Art of Tabla
Siddhartha Mehta is the founder of Art of Tabla, Khartal, Electrobones and Surya Records. He is an ambassador of Indian percussion, specifically Tabla and Khartal. Sid is also a multifaceted artist, his creations include Hanging Wax Vimanas, TIME Magazine Uncut, Flakeb00k, Surya Clothing, SEED & TEK. https://www.facebook.com/artoftabla/