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    On Saturday July 6th at Kenny Dorham's Backyard (1106 East 11th) the International Grooves series is very proud to present a Sufi Celebration with the internationally acclaimed Ustad Nizami. Arslen Metoui (from Tunisia) will warm the stage with a set of Arabic jazz fusion performed on the kanun, a rare North African stringed instrument, with Mashal Awais accompanying on the bansouri (Indian bamboo flute).
    7-8:30 Arslen Metoui and Mashal Awais
    9-10:30 Nizami Qawwali (Sufi ensemble)

    ...Enjoy a PICNIC and some LIVE MUSIC OUTDOORS! BYOB and adult beverages! FAMILY-FRIENDLY and PET-FRIENDLY! Only $15 at the gate! Children 12 and under get in free to all events and FAMILY DISCOUNTS are provided. FREE PARKING! (This project has been financed in whole or in part by the City of Austin’s Live Music Fund Event Program.)

    *Arslen Metoui plays Arabic jazz fusion on the rare north African kanun, a type of large zither with a thin trapezoidal soundboard that is famous for its unique melodramatic sound. Mashal Awais plays the bansouri, an Indian bamboo flute.

    *Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a 17th-generation musician and a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, is one of the foremost musicians of Pakistan. In 2008 Ustad Nizami came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar to teach music at the University of Texas and in 2009, understanding that instruction is the key to protecting an ancient musical tradition that is being lost, Ustad Nizami founded the Nizami School of Music in Austin, Texas in 2009. be presenting their unique style of Sufi qawwali music accompanied by several of his students. Other performers include the great Faraz Nizamii on harmonium, Raviteja Nulu on Tabla and Mario Garza, and Srajan Bhagat on supporting vocals

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