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Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwali Ensemble


Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwali Ensemble

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 7 pm
Monday, March 16, 2020, 8 pm
Price: $55, $49.50 Friends, $41.25 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission (redeem at Ticket Desk)

This event is cancelled. Ticket purchases for this event will be automatically refunded by March 20, 2020. Please go here for more information and updates on the Museum’s response to COVID-19.


Enjoy a rare opportunity to see this legendary Pakistani ensemble. They return for the first time since our inaugural season in 2014 to perform Qawwali — a form of devotional Sufi music with origins in ancient Islamic poetry.


Known as “the path of the heart,” Qawwali expresses the fervent devotion of the great Sufi mystics. The music begins by drawing the audience in with a meditative rhythm of chants, melodies, and percussion. Steadily, the rhythm builds, reaching ecstatic peaks that transport both musicians and listeners closer to the divine. 


The ensemble's musical roots go back 700 years in the tradition of Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana of Delhi. Lead singers, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, accompanied by their chorus singers and percussionists, weave together devotional and secular traditions for a transcendent evening of music. 


This concert is a co-production with the Kabir Cultural Centre, and is part of our 2019/20 season, Listening to Each Other, which pays tribute to the role of the performing arts in preserving culture, spurring social change, and celebrating diversity.



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A co-production with

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Sponsored by

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With support from

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