Moroccan Court Music Series: Alif Laila, Anubrata Chatterjee, and Shane Shanahan

Moroccan Court Music Series performers

Alif Laila, Anubrata Chatterjee, and Shane Shanahan will perform a fusion of melodies and rhythms that trace the cultural and musical heritage of a vast region from North Africa to India. In the Patti Cadby Birch Court, Laila will play ancient raga compositions on the sitar, while Chatterjee will join with the tala (rhythmic cycle) on tabla. On the riq (Arabic tambourine), tombak, and daf (Persian drums), Shanahan will add percussion to the melodies.

The raga compositions presented in the program will depict the cross-continental melodic themes of the region. Among many other influences, Middle Eastern and Persian music play a significant role in the development of the raga melodies. Through improvisation and variations in sound, rhythm, and melody, these three maestro musicians will express the energy of the raga and its deep roots throughout the region.

Made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and The Persepolis Foundation.

This event is part of MetFridays: New York's Night Out.

Above (left to right): Anubrata Chatterjee; photo by Aditya Gujar. Alif Laila; photo by Kapoor Photographers. Shane Shanahan; photo by Robert Englebright

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