Poetry of Peace: Spiritual Music of the Middle East

The Poetry of Peace, Spiritual Music of the Middle East

Omar Faruk Tekbilek and his ensemble performed at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999 at 8pm, with Sheva, from Isreal,  and their special guest Jai Uttal.

Omar Faruk Tekbilek is a master interpreter of Sufi, folk and contemporary Turkish and Middle Eastern music. Faruk as he is popularly known, has a wide following throughout the Middle East and in the United States.  He is often seen as a peace messenger and believes in playing with musicians of different cultures.  As the four corners of his creativity, Faruk enumerates mysticism, folklore, romance and imagination.  Recently Sheva, Faruk and Uttal recorded a peace song together in Arabic, Hebrew and Sanskrit.

Sheva, an ensemble from Israel, performs transformative world music from the ancient cultures of the Middle East.  Playing instruments from around the world, Sheva uses motifs derived from the roots of Hebrew and Arab cultures, while also incorporating various worldwide tribal esthetics. Sheva is joined by special guest star Jai Uttal.

Brought to you by Ivri-NASAWI, Gate Productions, the Israel Center of the SF Jewish Community Federation, and the Consulate General of Israel.
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