Sunday Feb 28, 2016


York Theatre

639 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC

Co-Presented with the VANCOUVER INTER-CULTURAL ORCHESTRA (VICO) Society, this exciting concert is the grand finale of Notes From the Araxes Basin, a festival of Middle Eastern and Canadian intercultural music presented by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra.

Montreal’s acclaimed Constantinople ensemble, led by Kiya Tabassian on setar & vocals, celebrates the release of their latest album with Vancouver-area Persian musicians & international guests Charbel Rouhana (oud), Neva Özgen (kemençe) & Didem Başar (qanun).  The concert is a musical voyage into the heart of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern musical traditions. Featuring some of the most pre-eminent heirs and creators from these lands, the concert presents ancient sounds and modes intertwining with new music composed by the virtuosos of the ensemble.The meeting between the 6 master- musicians from Lebanon, Iran, Turkey and Canada between strings and vocals, goes back in time to evoke the beauty of being. It is a joint passage through the common sites of the imagination, like a long breath before the inexorable march of the world and time.

Without doubt, this concert will transport you to a soul-stirring world of peaceful musical dialogues!

Two Music tracks:



Global Soundscapes Festival: Notes From the Araxes Basin
February 19-29, 2016
Various venues in Vancouver, North Vancouver & Victoria

Vancouver-based musicians and composers will collaborate with virtuoso soloists from Turkey, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lebanon and Iran, and visiting Canadian ensembles from Victoria and Montreal, to present traditional, contemporary and intercultural music of the Middle East and Canada. Notes From the Araxes Basin promises to be a great musical adventure, guaranteed to expand horizons and transcend borders.