Riyaaz Qawwali: A Concert of Devotional Music
Austin-based ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali presents a performance of the Islamic devotional music known as Qawwali on Saturday, April 2, at the Rothko Chapel.
Rooted in South Asia but with a history stemming from Persia, the Qawwali tradition is associated with Sufism, a mystical and devotional subset of Islam. Qawwali combines lively rhythmic cycles with soaring melody and improvisational poetry.
The artists continue their training in Hindustani classical music, under the guidance of Pt. Suman Ghosh, Smt. Chandrakantha Courtney, Ustad Dildar Hussain, and Pt. Ravi Kant.
This is the first performance in Asia Society Texas Center's three-part Pakistan Arts and Culture Series in honor of Richard C. Holbrooke, former Asia Society global board chair.
The concert is part of the annual Menil Community Arts Festival, which features films, concerts, readings, and workshops hosted by nonprofit organizations in the neighborhood around the Menil Collection. For more information, visit menilcommunityartsfestival.org