New England Conservatory, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, presents this event as part of a residency by students and faculty from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

Inaugurated in 2010, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music was founded by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast to rebuild music education in Afghanistan after years of war and repression. Integral to the school’s music program is a high-quality academic education, ensuring that students are able to achieve success at the highest level internationally as musicians, music educators, academics and specialists. The institute, located in Kabul, is committed to providing a dynamic, challenging, and safe learning environment for all students, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or social circumstances. ANIM focuses on supporting the most disadvantaged group in Afghan society – the orphans and street-working children – by helping them attain a vocation that will allow them to reach their full potential, while contributing to their emotional health. Through the provision of an internationally accredited curriculum, graduates will have the skills, creative vision and confidence to contribute to the artistic, social, and cultural life of Afghanistan and to the revival of Afghan music traditions. ANIM is the model for future music schools to be built throughout Afghanistan.

Now embarked on its first international tour, ANIM comes to NEC to showcase its students and programs and to learn and be inspired by the work of the Conservatory and to foster international exchange.

Tonight ANIM and NEC musicians mix it up, playing for each other in a mashup of styles and idioms. In addition to those named below, performers include Eden MacAdam-Somer of the NEC faculty, NEC students, including Nima Janmohammadi, and students from Community Music Center of Boston.

Babrak Wassa/Allegra Boggess National Anthem of Afghanistan
James Horner/James Herzog My Heart Will Go On
Ustad Zaland/Herzog Ay Saraban
Ustad Arman/Herzog Hame Dad Guyi
ANIM Chamber Wind Ensemble
James Herzog, director
side-by-side with students from Community Music Center of Boston

Indo-Afghan traditional Raga
Sitar and Sarod Ensemble, Irfan Muhammad Khan, leader
Muhammad Ehsan Irfan, assistant leader

Indo-Afghan traditional Raga
Irfan Muhammad Khan, sarod
Jerry Leake, tabla

Frederic Chopin Revolutionary Etude
Milad Yousufi, piano

Frederic Chopin/Nathan Milstein Nocturne
Audrey Wright, violin
Elham Fanoos, piano

Afghan folk song Laili Jan
Sapna Rahmati and Aziza Safi, piano

Afghan folk songs/Norma Ferreira Nastaran, Pamiri Song
Folk song/Norma Ferreira Safar (Afghan, African, Latin, American journey)
Chamber Percussion Ensemble
Norma Haydee Ferreira Pedraza, director

Fela Kuti Opposite People
ANIM World Music Ensemble, Derek Beckvold, director
Eric Lane, piano
Bob Jordon, drums

Afghan, Persian, and American folk songs
collaborative performances by NEC and ANIM faculty and students

Date: February 14, 2013 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Williams Hall

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