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Cultural Connections: East Meets Middle East (EMME)

by South Asia Institute in Chicago

Event Type: Entertainment Event

Admission : Adults: $25 Students: $15


Presented by the South Asia Institute Chicago and Intercultural Music Production, EMME performs Friday, October 7th at the South Asia Institute, 1925 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago.

East Meets Middle East (EMME) is a musical collective across continents that celebrates the rich traditions of the Middle East and South Asia, bringing together related string instruments such as the Middle Eastern oud and the Indian sarod, and percussion instruments like the Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darbuka and riq. The group's message is to inform people, through music, about the similarities and distinctions between Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures, which are all too often mistaken for each other in media, politics, and Western society.

From Kolkata, India, Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla) and Abhisek Lahiri (sarod) collaborate with Ronnie Malley (oud) and George Lawler (percussion) in Chicago, IL to create a cross-cultural palette of improvisations and original compositions.

In this concert, EMME will be playing in part from their debut album, the result of a live rehearsal from a first-time encounter between these artists.


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