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Along the Silk Road Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM

Free tickets available starting at 10 am on Tuesday, October 3.

Silkroad Ensemble members share musical traditions from around the world in these engaging family-friendly programs, introducing instruments from the historical Silk Road region and beyond. Using stories and performance, the workshops explore the common cultural roots that connect us to our neighbors around the world.

Featured artists are Jeffrey Beecher, bass; Nicholas Cords, viola; Haruka Fujii, percussion; Shaw Pong Liu, violin and erhu; Shane Shanahan, percussion; and Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, suona, and vocals.

Photo: Max Whittaker

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
CostFree tickets available starting at 10 am on Tuesday, October 3.

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Performances: Mamak Khadem and Mehdi Bagheri

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:15 AM

World trance vocalist Mamak Khadem lights up the night on Saturday with an eight-piece band. On Sunday, she performs more intimate sets, blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound.

Born in Iran, where she was part of the Children’s Choir for National Radio and Television of Iran, Khadem was trained in classical Persian music from an early age. After immigrating to the United States, she continued this training, but also sought out common musical threads and connections across cultures. Khadem was previously a member of the cross-cultural fusion ensemble Axiom of Choice. Her most recent album, The Road, features a twenty-seven-piece ensemble and explores the traditional melodies of Iran, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Arab-Andalusia.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free
Continues: Sunday, October 15, 4 pm

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Performances: Washington Samulnori

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:15 PM

This local percussion troupe performs the exciting rhythms and movements of traditional Korean music, which can be traced to farmers’ band and ceremonial music.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free
Continues: Sunday, October 15, 12:15 pm

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Along the Silk Road Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:30 PM

Free tickets available starting at 10 am on Tuesday, October 3.

Silkroad Ensemble members share musical traditions from around the world in these engaging family-friendly programs, introducing instruments from the historical Silk Road region and beyond. Using stories and performance, the workshops explore the common cultural roots that connect us to our neighbors around the world.

Featured artists are Jeffrey Beecher, bass; Nicholas Cords, viola; Haruka Fujii, percussion; Shaw Pong Liu, violin and erhu; Shane Shanahan, percussion; and Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, suona, and vocals.

Photo: Max Whittaker

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
CostFree tickets available starting at 10 am on Tuesday, October 3.

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Performances: Alash Ensemble with Shodekeh

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:30 PM

Hailing from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia, Alash showcases a mastery of throat singing, a technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Committed to preserving and developing the Tuvan musical tradition, this trio makes music about generations, stability and change, depth and spontaneity, growth and loss, roots and breezes. The three members are graduates of the Kyzyl Arts College and students of Kongar-ool Ondar, the renowned master throat singer and member of the Tuvan parliament who was featured in the movie Genghis Blues. Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, they also cultivate a love of Western music—and sometimes include nontraditional instruments, old and new, drawing upon their knowledge of complex rhythms and Western harmonies to expand their musical possibilities. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently released the group’s latest album, Achai.

Shodekeh is a professional beatboxer and vocal percussionist currently working in the Baltimore area and beyond.

Photo: Vladimir Mongush

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Event LocationTurquoise Mountain, level B3
Cost: Free

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Festival House DJs: DJs Ayes Cold and The Pinstriped Rebel

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1 – 5 PM

DJ Ayes Cold, a.k.a. Ayesha Chugh, is a genre-nonconforming club and bass music DJ. From footwork and grime to dancehall house and hip-hop, Ayes is known for her eclectic selections. In 2015, Ayes Cold joined a major electronic label, Fête Records, as its first DJ. Recently, she has been touring as one-third of the band Madame Gandhi.

The Pinstriped Rebel, a.k.a. Les Talusan, spins an all-vinyl set, drawing from her eclectic collection of pop, indie, and underground hits, as well as rare, obscure gems. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she has been DJing at clubs and playing in bands since she was young. With twenty years of experience and a reputation for perfectly crafted mixes, she has a long history of supporting AAPI, LGBT, and women-focused organizations.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Performances: Red Baraat

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:30 PM

Red Baraat energizes the Freer|Sackler’s reopening with their gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. At 5:30 pm on Saturday, the band will lead a processional outside the museums, followed by a full set at 11 pm and another at 1:30 pm on Sunday.

Led by dhol drummer and composer Sunny Jain, the Brooklyn-based band can mesmerize an audience with a funk groove, turn a switch, and drive the same crowd to the brink of delirium. Since its formation in 2008, the band has taken its magic far beyond New York City. Their second studio album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at number one on the Billboard world music charts and propelled them on a nonstop three-year world tour. Their third studio album, Bhangra Pirates, was released in March 2017 and, as Jain describes it, “embodies that push and pull in all of us . . . free spirit, community, rebellion, tradition, and new journeys.”

Photo: Rich Gastwirt

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Event Location: Freer plaza
Cost: Free

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Pop Up Performances: Silkroad Ensemble in Residence

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2 – 3:30 PM

Catch members of the 2016 Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble performing in the museums and outdoors. Featured artists are Jeffrey Beecher, bass; Nicholas Cords, viola; Haruka Fujii, percussion; Shaw Pong Liu, violin and erhu; Shane Shanahan, percussion; and Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, suona, and vocals.

Photo: Max Whittaker

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,Freer Gallery of Art,Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Freer|Sackler, Haupt Garden, and Freer plaza
Cost: Free

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Performances: Alash Ensemble with Shodekeh

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:15 PM

Hailing from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia, Alash showcases a mastery of throat singing, a technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Committed to preserving and developing the Tuvan musical tradition, this trio makes music about generations, stability and change, depth and spontaneity, growth and loss, roots and breezes. The three members are graduates of the Kyzyl Arts College and students of Kongar-ool Ondar, the renowned master throat singer and member of the Tuvan parliament who was featured in the movie Genghis Blues. Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, they also cultivate a love of Western music—and sometimes include nontraditional instruments, old and new, drawing upon their knowledge of complex rhythms and Western harmonies to expand their musical possibilities. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently released the group’s latest album, Achai.

Shodekeh is a professional beatboxer and vocal percussionist currently working in the Baltimore area and beyond.

Photo: Vladimir Mongush

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free
Continues: Sunday, October 15, 12:30 pm, Freer plaza

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Drum Circle with Silkroad Ensemble

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:30 PM

Silkroad Ensemble percussionists Shane Shanahan and Haruka Fujii lead a dynamic drum circle exploring rhythms from around the world. No experience necessary!

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Event Location: Freer plaza
Cost: Free

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Performance: District of Raga with Nistha Raj

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:30 PM

Violinist Nistha Raj performs with musicians from District of Raga, her popular monthly jam session for practitioners and fans of Indian classical music. NPR’s Tell Me More described Raj as “mixing classical Hindustani music with modern sounds to bring it to a new generation of music lovers.”

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Event Location: Freer plaza
Cost: Free

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Performances: Mamak Khadem and Mehdi Bagheri

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4 PM

World trance vocalist Mamak Khadem lights up the night on Saturday with an eight-piece band. On Sunday, she performs more intimate sets, blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound.

Born in Iran, where she was part of the Children’s Choir for National Radio and Television of Iran, Khadem was trained in classical Persian music from an early age. After immigrating to the United States, she continued this training, but also sought out common musical threads and connections across cultures. Khadem was previously a member of the cross-cultural fusion ensemble Axiom of Choice. Her most recent album, The Road, features a twenty-seven-piece ensemble and explores the traditional melodies of Iran, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Arab-Andalusia.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Festival Finale Featuring Members of the Silkroad Ensemble

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4:30 PM

Members of the Silkroad Ensemble close the weekend with a final outdoor performance, joined by other festival performers. Featured artists are Jeffrey Beecher, bass; Nicholas Cords, viola; Haruka Fujii, percussion; Shaw Pong Liu, violin and erhu; Shane Shanahan, percussion; and Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, suona, and vocals.

Photo: Max Whittaker

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Event Location: Freer plaza
Cost: Free

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