Arieb Azhar: River to River Festival
Please note: This event is held at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in lower Manhattan. Click here for River to River Festival details.
Sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice by this singer-songwriter and his acoustic band from Islamabad, Pakistan. Defying easy categorization, Arieb Azhar's mesmerizing baritone "encompasses about all the emotions life has to offer" (PRI). He leads a quartet of musicians in an eclectic mix of urban and folk-based songs grounded in Sufi and other humanist poetries from across Eurasia. Azhar pays tribute to Irish balladeers, Croatian gypsies, Punjabi traders and ancient Sanskrit texts.
An intimate artist conversation between Arieb Azhar and Rachel Cooper, Asia Society's Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts, will follow the performance.
Check out Arieb Azhar's Coke Studio recording:
This program is part of Asia Society's ongoing initiative Creative Voices of Muslim Asia, made possible by support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
The presentation of Arieb Azhar is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered 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, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.