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The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi

The Art of Ostad Elahi

In celebration of the eponymous exhibition at the Met, the evening will feature a series of stirring musical performances, including a rare appearance by tanbur grandmaster Chahrokh Elahi, as well as solo and duet pieces by renowned double bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons and master lutenist Claire Antonini, who will present a unique fusion of Eastern and Western melodies inspired by Ostad Elahi's music.

Moderated by WNYC's John Schaefer, a panel discussion examining the transformative music of Ostad Elahi will bring together Clive Bell, musician, composer, and writer for the music monthly The Wire; Jean During, an ethnomusicologist specializing in Central Asia and a leading authority on the tanbur; and Robert Simms, an ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist specializing in Middle Eastern and West African traditions.

The evening will conclude with a special Rumi poetry recital by Leili Anvar, professor of Persian language and literature, highlighting the enduring and intimate relationship between music and mysticism. The recital will be accompanied by a blend of sacred and contemporary music.  

Children under 14 not permitted.

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

This celebratory event hosted by the Nour Foundation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Sacred Lute: The Art of Ostad Elahi, on view from August 5, 2014–January 11, 2015. 

The exhibition is made possible in part by the Nour Foundation.

The Nour Foundation would like to thank the following organizations for lending their support to this event: UNESCO, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, The Musical Olympus Foundation.

Above: Ostad Elahi, 1966. Courtesy of the Nour Foundation



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