Monday, October 06, 2008

Shams Ensemble: The Rumi Songs and Peace

I have been running all week, Sunday the end of a weekend which included two fieldtrips in three days. As I caught the BART back to San Francisco to attend the concert featuring Shams Ensemble, Iranian music played on the traditional tanbour with Whirling Dervishes and the poetry of Mawlana Jallaluddin Rumi, it was to be the perfect end of the Ramadan season for me, and it was.

Under the direction of Kaykhosro Pournazeri, the first musician to compose music specifically for the traditional Kurdish lute, tanbour, the ensemble which featured a woman singer and a 12 year old child prodigy. Visit

I plan to continue my personal Eid Al Fitr with the film: Allah Made Me Funny, which opened this weekend. One of the comedienne's published a reflection on the death of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed a few weeks ago which gave a little history about the beginning of this show, now made into a movie.


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