University Park, Pennsylvania

February 18, 2020
AT 07:30 PM

Venue: Eisenhower Auditorium

Presenter: Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


Kronos Quartet with Mahsa Vahdat
Music for Change: The Banned Countries

As a direct protest to the Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people from largely Muslim majority countries, Kronos performs a program featuring music that highlights the rich diversity of artistic voices from Muslim majority countries.

“It’s hard to imagine a time when the Kronos Quartet was not emphatically crossing musical boundaries, from its early days covering Jimi Hendrix to its most recent collaborations with Malian griots. But its latest project responds cogently to an era of increasingly policed and politicized borders.” – New York Times

“All told, [‘Music for Change: The Banned Countries’] amounts to a rich and distinctive mixtape, amplifying themes of dignity, resistance, and harmonious coexistence.” – The New Yorker

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh / Mugam Sayagi **

Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala (Blurred vision caused by strong light hitting the eyes) *

Traditional (arr. Stephen Prutsman) / Wa Habibi (Beloved) +

Ramallah Underground (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Tashweesh **

Fatimah Al-Zaelaeyah (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa (Hey, Who Enters The Sea of Passion?) +

Omar Souleyman (arr. Jacob Garchik) / La Sidounak Sayyada (I’ll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You) +

Traditional (arr. Milad Yousufi) / Bia Ke Berem Ba Mazar +

Dur-Dur Band (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Dooyo +

Hamza El Din (realized by Tohru Ueda) / Escalay (Water Wheel) **

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Sahba Aminikia) / The Sun Rises +
The Sun Rises
Vanishing Lines
My Ruthless Companion
with Mahsa Vahdat, vocals

Mahsa Vahdat (arr. Atabak Elyasi) / Songs +
Leyli’s Nightingales
I Was Dead
with Mahsa Vahdat, vocals

Performed without pause

*Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
** Written for Kronos
+ Arranged for Kronos


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Melbourne, Australia

Venue: Toorak Uniting Church

Presenter: Melbourne International Arts Festival

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Melbourne, Australia

Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre

Presenter: Melbourne International Arts Festival

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Melbourne, Australia

Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre

Presenter: Melbourne International Arts Festival



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