Songs of the Sufi Brotherhoods

May 6 – 7, 2005

Premiere New York Premiere
Country of Origin Morroco, Pakistan, Egypt
Description Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, has for multiple centuries fascinated musicians from every part of the globe. For two nights only, within the intimate and evocative confines of the Harvey Theater, BAM audiences will be transported by Songs of the Sufi Brotherhoods, a collaboration between distinguished artists united under this transcendent musical tradition.

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, a Pakistani group headed by two brothers and inspired by their uncle, the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, channels the intense rhythms and romanticism of Qawwali song. Hassan Hakmoun, the leading performer of the Moroccan Sufis’ lilting and hypnotic trance music, has a musical reach extending from the streets of Marrakesh to the Hollywood Bowl to remarkable partnerships with Peter Gabriel and Paula Cole. Known worldwide as the architect of modern Nubian music and for his work with director Peter Sellars and the Kronos Quartet, Hamza El Din blurs musical boundaries with his unique cross-cultural mix of the intricacies of Arabian music and the equally complex indigenous sounds of Nubia.

Individually these musicians reflect Sufism’s spirituality. Together, by virtue of their artistry, they embody its astonishing range.
Identifier 2005s.00813
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
lighting designerRoma Flowers
stage managerHolly Hill