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October 01, 2014

White Light Festival 2014: Ecstatic Journeys with Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, October 11

White Light Festival

White Light Festival 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th Street

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Ecstatic Journeys (Lincoln Center Debut)

There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm at the New York Society for Ethical Cultures.

Led by the soaring Pakistani vocalists Rizwan and Muazzam, nephews of legendary vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, along with their spirited group of singers, and harmonium and tabla players, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali spins Islamic and Sufi devotional poems into a rapturous experience that aims to transport the listener beyond earthly preoccupations.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional poetry popular in South Asia, particularly in areas with a historically strong Muslim presence, such as Southern Pakistan and parts of North India. The style is rare, though not entirely absent, in North and West Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Kashmir. It’s a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Achieving wajad, a trance-like state where listeners feel at one with God, is considered to be the height of spiritual ecstasy in Sufism, and is the ultimate goal of the practice. Qawwali music received international exposure through the work of the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, largely due to several releases on the Real World label, performances at WOMAD festivals and later appearances at leading concert venues worldwide. Although famous throughout the world, its economic and spiritual hub remains the Punjab province of Pakistan, from where it gained entry into the mainstream commercial music industry and international fame. Visit:


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