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February 23 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Echoing the project’s ethos of plurality, the Sanctuary Salon series—a cornerstone of the exhibition’s public programming—weaves together the voices of artists whose practices span creative disciplines that include spoken word, music, dance, and performance. Invited guests present and perform new or existing works that resonate with the thesis of the exhibition, allowing visitors to engage with and reflect on these themes in new and compelling ways.
Organized with the support of Diaspora Arts Connection, Sanctuary Salon will be held at the Fort Mason Chapel on Friday, February 23rd from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm; the event starts promptly at 7pm.
**Thanks to the generosity of salon guest Tania Romanov Amochaev (bio below), a signed copy of Mother Tongue will be given to each ticket purchaser.**
Guests and performances for the evening include:
Miriam Peretz and Nava Dance Collective, presenting Falak and Moments in Time
Falak: The Farsi word falak has beautiful multi-layered meanings. It is used to describe the heaven and the cosmos, the universe, as well as one’s fate and destiny. As we enter the sacred sanctuary space we acknowledge our divine impermanence, and celebrate our eventual return to the earth. Through the timeless gesture of prostration we unite our bodies and hearts with the earth and with all humanity.
Choreographer: Miriam Peretz
Dancers from the Nava Dance Collective: Miriam Peretz, Jenna Anjali, Erica Lingrell, Schirin Chams-Diba, Ayah Buonaugurio, and Samia Karimi
Moments in Time: Through the art of collaborative improvisation we celebrate this very moment in time. We use improvisation as a path to embody the beauty and the depth of our impermanent human form.
Dancer: Miriam Peretz
Cellist: Moses Sedler
Daf/Tombak: Amir Etemadzadeh
Miriam Peretz is an internationally celebrated dance instructor and performer. Over the past twenty years, her signature dance style has spread across continents through her international dance collective Nava, and through the intensive trainings she offers worldwide. Miriam’s format, known as Nava Dance draws heavily on dances from the Silk Road, devotional whirling practices and contemporary dance. She also incorporates elements from Martial Arts, Flamenco, and other world dance forms, which she has studied over the past 30 years of her life. Miriam sees dance as a uniquely powerful means of expressing deep emotion and spiritual yearning, and the perfect embodiment of prayer. Miriam’s passion thrives in cultivating community and sisterhood through dance, in utilizing dance ritual to mark life transitions, and in creating nurturing, safe environments for sacred movement practice and transformational experience.
Nava Dance Collective is an international community of dancers devoted to creating a sisterhood through meaningful dance experiences. Nava’s work explores traditional, sacred, and ethno-contemporary forms often inspired by ritual and Silk Road (Central Asian) themes.
Amir A. Etemadzadeh is a Middle Eastern musician, instructor, performer and composer. Born and raised in Iran, he received extensive musical education from various masters. After arriving in the US in 2002 he expanded his portfolio to include world music drums. Amir’s collaborations in the US include numerous performances and recordings with musicians and music groups such as Ethel String Quartet, Hafez Modirzadeh, Ramin Zoufonoun, Miriam Peretz, Qadim Ensemble, Silk Road Festival, Cal Poly Middle Eastern Music Orchestra, and many more. He is passionate about promoting peace through music and education. Amir manages his organization Mint Tea Music Production and his music academy Amir School of Music.
Moses Sedler is a composer of music for concert stage, modern dance, and film. He is also a concert cellist and recording artist. Moses has a background rooted in classical music, as well as improvisatory music, with influences of Indian classical music and eastern European folk music. Moses studied composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington, before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to study North Indian classical music with Ali Akbar Khan.
Qais Essar Trio
Qais Essar is a contemporary Afghan composer, instrumentalist and producer who channels his melodic designs through the rabab, a 2,500 year old instrument from Afghanistan. He has toured extensively, sharing his new genre of music nationally and internationally. Essar has released two LPs, four EPs and one live album. His first LP, The Green Language (2014), quickly became an Amazon #1 bestseller, followed by his second LP, Tavern of Ruin in 2016. He has contributed original music to feature films also. In 2017, Qais was recruited by director Nora Twomey to compose an original song for her Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated film, The Breadwinner (produced by Angelina Jolie). He earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for “Best Original Song” for his piece The Crown Sleeps. Additionally, he orchestrated a sold-out run of the musical Tear a Root from the Earth at the OBIE award winning Ice Factory at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City. Essar continues to be featured in festivals and venues around the world including the Newport Folk Festival, SXSW, The Kennedy Center, Treefort Music Festival and more. Essar is planning to tour and release his 3rd LP in 2018.
Born in India, Antara Bhardwaj began her study of Kathak (north Indian classical story-telling dance) with her Guru, the late Pandit Chitresh Das, at the age of nine. She spent many years studying one-on-one with him in the traditional ancient Guru-disciple tradition and went on to become a Kathak soloist, a member of the internationally renowned Chitresh Das Dance Company, and a teacher for the Chhandam School of Kathak. Kathak is a solo art form, and true to the tradition, Bhardwaj focuses on her work as a solo artist. Building on the vision of her Guru, she delves deep into the tradition, at the same time discovering and developing her own unique, contemporary voice. Bhardwaj has performed at the International Kathak Festival (Chicago), Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, Wisc.), Disney’s REDCAT Theater (Los Angeles), the National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), and in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Eric Zang is a multi-instrumentalist, who’s instruments of choice are typically the kaval flute, percussion, and the oud lute. He is an avid explorer of traditional music from around the world, with much performance experience within flamenco (cajon box drum), and in bringing flavors of Middle Eastern music (kaval, oud, percussion, voice) to the groups he plays in. Additional influences also include African, Latin American, and India. He can be found performing with a variety of musicians from styles such as flamenco, world and jazz fusion, and singer/songwriters, primarily in Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona.
Tania Romanov Amochaev was born in Belgrade, Serbia of two displaced émigrés―a Russian father and a Croatian mother―and spent her childhood in San Sabba, a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy. After arriving in America on the SS Constitution in 1954, Amochaev grew up in San Francisco, California and earned a degree in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. She then forged a successful business career, serving as CEO of three technology companies, earning an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and receiving an honorary PhD from Saint Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her story, along with those of her mother and grandmother, is featured in her new book, Mother Tongue: A Saga of Three Generations of Balkan Women. For more information please visit www.taniaromanov.com
Keenan Webster is the founder of SankofaAfrica. Born in in Nashville, Tennessee, his love of music deepened as a teenager in Los Angeles, California, where he began his music studies with Master Teachers from Africa and Cuba. Surrounded by a highly spiritual family, he has spent his life focused on studies of music, religion and history. He is influenced by music giants John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, El Hadj Kouyate, Toumani Diabate, Robert Johnson, Slip James, Johnny Shines, Habib, Koite and Keltigue Diabate. The music traditions of Latin America, Sumatra and India also infiltrate his style. Webster performs the 21 string kora, a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin with a long, hardwood neck. The kora does not fit into any one category of musical instruments, and is classified as a “double-bridge-harp-lute”. Webster also performs on the balaphone (from West Africa), West African drums from the Mandingo or Mende people, the flute and saxophone.