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Global Music Series

Asif Ali Khan Qawwali Music of Pakistan

Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium

If the late, great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-97) was known as “the emperor of Qawwali,” Asif Ali Khan — who was once hailed by the maestro as one of his best students — has surely emerged as the music’s reigning prince. Asif is a superstar in his native Pakistan and a powerful figure on the international stage, remaining faithful to the sublime traditions of devotional Sufi music. His music can be meditative and trance-inducing, before, at a turn, becoming thrilling and ecstatic. To hear his voice soaring above the call-and-response choruses, rhythmic hand claps, percussion, and harmonium of his accompanying musicians is an inspiring experience whether you’re an adherent of the Sufi faith or not. The group performs in Ann Arbor on the evening prior to their Carnegie Hall debut.

UMS brings Asif Ali Khan to Ann Arbor in conjunction with UMMA’s exhibition of Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art on view January 25 – May 4, 2014.

Program:
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Asif Ali Khan belongs to a family of renowned Sufi musicians and is the talented protégé of the great Qawwali maestro, the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

We welcome the Asif Ali Khan Qawwali Ensemble for their UMS debut performance.

UMS brings Asif Ali Khan to Ann Arbor in conjunction with UMMA’s exhibition of Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art on view January 25 – May 4, 2014.

Adventurous, intelligent and independent, Doris Duke traveled the world and acquired countless treasures including a remarkable collection of Islamic art. Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art is the first exhibition to present her five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. Ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings. New works by eight contemporary artists — including Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander, and Afruz Amighi—demonstrate the diverse and dynamic nature of current art production and reflect the mix of cultures at Shangri La.

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