Middle Eastern Jewish musical ensemble, Divahn, to perform, October 29, 2014

The all-female musical ensemble group, Divahn, will perform on Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. This concert is free and open to the public.

Divahn is a New York-based Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) band led by Galeet Dardashti. The group has gained an international following with its fresh and fiery take on Jewish music: eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion, lush string arrangements and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic.  The band has performed in venues ranging from top international concert halls and festivals to New York City clubs.  As one of the few groups performing Mizrahi and Judeo-Arab music in the U.S., Divahn welcomes its audiences to a beautiful sphere of shared Jewish and Muslim culture.

The group has also received media praise, with the Jerusalem Report calling Dardashti’s singing a “sultry delivery [that] spans international styles and clings to listeners long after the last round of applause.” The Austin Chronicle noted, "Together they weave an energetic, full-of-heart, acoustically driven voyage through the history of Jewish music, earning them a standing-room-only crowd at this year's SXSW [South by Southwest festival].”

This performance is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Music, Religion, and Anthropology and the Program in Women’s Studies.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 10, 2014