Arts In The War Zone: A New Generation Makes Music in Afghanistan
Fifty Afghan musicians, ages 10 to 21, perform in Boston. We’re there for a listen.
- Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, Research Fellow of the School of Music-Conservatorium andMonash Asia Institute of Monash University, an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music, London, and the author of the book: A Survey of the History of Music in Afghanistan
- William Harvey, Afghan orchestra’s American conductor and arranger
- Tony Woodcock, president of New England Conservatory
New York Times: “During the course of Ravel’s haunting “Bolero,” the slinky, repeated theme is played in turn by a flute, a clarinet, a saxophone and more. But Ravel, a master of orchestration, would surely have been fascinated to hear the tune played on Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall by a rubab, the national instrument of Afghanistan, plucked like a lute to produce a sound both tender and tart.”
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