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Soundlands presents the Iraqi Folk Fusion Ensemble

29 September 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST

$10 – $15

Soundlands: Art Music in the Suburbs is a series of art music concerts highlighting culturally diverse musicians and music from Bankstown and beyond. Soundlands is presented by Cultural Omnivore and Bankstown Arts Centre.

Led by master violinist and former member of the Baghdad Symphony Orchestra, Imad Rahem, the Iraqi Folk Fusion Ensemble consists of acclaimed musicians of newly-established cultural group, The Australian Arab Music Centre (TAAMC), based at Yagoona. The ensemble brings the folkloric into the present with a repertoire that is both responsive to and reflective of the ever-evolving diasporic identities and experiences of its members. What can audiences expect? Arabic folk and classical forms interspersed with long improvisations where the inner workings of the ensemble are laid bare – hand cues, head nods, gestures to the audience to clap and sing along are all part of the experience.

Each concert is approx. 1 hr in duration followed by a 20 mins artist Q&A.

Further concerts in the Soundlands: Art Music in the Suburbs series:

  • Sunday 27 October, 5pm | Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble
  • Sunday 24 November, 5pm | Ustad Sayd and Ali Sarshar Afghan – Indian Ensemble

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.



Bankstown Arts Centre
5 Olympic Parade
Bankstown, New South Wales 2200 Australia
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