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Multi-Sensory Musical Project ‘Monajat’
Start Date: 3/28/2019Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 3/28/2019End Time: 9:30 PM
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Event Description:

Monajat, singer Galeet Dardashti’s most recent multi-sensory piece, will perform at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 as part of the Jewish Contributions to Middle East Music conference.

Monajat is inspired by old and haunting recordings of the Jewish prayers of Selihot chanted by Galeet Dardashti's grandfather—a master singer of Persian classical music in Iran. Dardashti reinvents the deep and reflective musical ritual of Selihot using digital technology to sing with her famed Iranian grandfather, composing original music to sacred Jewish and Persian poetry, and performing with an acclaimed ensemble of Middle Eastern and jazz musicians. Audiences are enveloped into the ritual with Persian melodies, poetic Hebrew texts, electronic soundscapes, and dynamic video art.

Dardashti is joined by accomplished musicians Zafer Tawil (ney, violin, doumbek), Max ZT (hammer dulcimer), Philip Mayer (doumbek, frame drum, riqq), and Shanir Blumenkranz (oud, bass).

Monajat will also be joined by student musicians from the U of A World Music Ensemble, which performs music from various cultures using instruments from the Middle East, Medieval Europe, Western Folk music instruments, among others.

More information on the Jewish Contributions to Middle East Music conference may be found online at All conference events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Department of Music, the Fulbright College Humanities Program, the Fulbright College Jewish Studies Program, and the University of Arkansas Honors College.

Location Information:
Main Campus - (FNAR) Fine Arts Center  (View Map)
Fine Arts Center
340 N. Garland Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Phone: 479-575-5202
Room: Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Middle East Studies
Phone: 4795752175
Dr. Galeet Dardashti
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Admission Information:
Free and open to the public

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