Saturday, March 14, 8:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
Diwan Saz is a multicultural Jewish-Muslim-Christian group of seven musicians from Israel who perform ancient music from Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and Israel with a variety of instruments, often with lyrics sung in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian. The melodies and texts incorporate the spirit and music of Sufism and the musical heritage of the Holy Land. The group's vocalists include 14-year-old Bedouin vocalist Muhammad Gadir whose stunning voice has to be seen to be believed.
Unfathomed Depth is the fruit of five years of creative collaboration. It was born inside a huge bell-shaped cave in the ancient village at Tel Yodfat. The carefully selected lyrics and melodies are from traditional sources, played in the ancient scales and enhanced with original compositions and improvisations. The ensemble often performs special musical productions in a natural environment.
A Diwan Saz performance is an unique experience, often with a large number of musicians. The variety of instruments and special way of listening to each other creates an intense and vibrant atmosphere. During the performance, in five languages - Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian, elements of dance and folktales provide the audience with a rich and unforgettable musical journey.
Tickets: $24 senior, student, JCCEB members / $28 general