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Saturday, August 11 • 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Traditions Showcase - Sitar, Begena, Kamanche, Kanun

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Many people think of folk music as a guitar and banjo and fiddle. And
while we certainly have plenty of those at the festival each year,
many cultures have found unique ways with which to produce sounds and
music... sometimes with but a string or two; sometimes with dozens of
strings. In this showcase, we will feature the Indian Sitar (Hasu
Patel), the Kamanche (Saeed Kamjoo), the Begena and Krar (Temesgen
Hussein) and the Kanun (Ara Topouzian).

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Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian was born in Detroit in 1969 and as a child, sat in with his first Armenian band, the Vosbikian Band, one of the country’s most popular Armenian groups at the time. He played cornet while at school and the def (a circular frame-style drum) after school with Armenian... Read More →
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Hasu Patel

One of the few world-class female artists currently performing India’s classical sitar music, Hasu Patel was born in Baroda, India, and began her musical training with voice lessons when she was three years old. At the age of 6, she started learning India’s most popular stringed... Read More →
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Saeed Kamjoo

Born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, Saeed Kamjoo started learning kamança (bowed spike-fiddle) at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Adeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music with such renowned masters as Ali... Read More →
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Temesgen Hussein

Hussein was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his fascination with the begena took hold after seeing a performance on television. In 1990, Hussein finished high school then started taking lessons on the begena and masenqo (a single-stringed bowed lute) with Alemayehu... Read More →

Saturday August 11, 2012 7:45pm - 8:30pm EDT
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

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