Evening Concert: Khumariyaan
Pakistani music concert
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With its propulsive, furious sound, Khumariyaan (“The Intoxicators”) has reawakened the live music scene in Peshawar, Pakistan, the ancient crossroads through the Khyber Pass whose contemporary culture is under attack from within and by outside factions. The lute-like Pashtoon rubab, is the meeting point for this instrumental hyper-folk jam quartet. It intertwines with the djembe-like zerbaghali (clay or wooden goblet drum) and Pushtoon sitar (long-necked lute). Underpinning these instruments with driving acoustic guitars, Khumariyaan's rolling pulse and richly layered sound builds to frenzied intensity. It's an addictive and accessible pleasure that's ushering in a new era for an eclipsed music. “With Khumariyaan's dynamic spirit, the band is in fine form when straddling that line between genres and cultures, shifting from Eastern to Western and playing around with crescendos and stop-start staccatos.” —The Friday Times, Pakistan
This program is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc. Additional funding is provided by Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion.