Inner Journey IV- Lecture/Demonstration by Amir Koushkani on May 10, 2018

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Inner Journey IV- Lecture/Demonstration by Amir Koushkani on May 10, 2018

Inner Journey IV- Lecture/Demonstration by Amir Koushkani 



Thursday, May 10, 2018 


Social Hall, Ismaili Centre Toronto


Registration:        7:30 pm

Lecture:                8:00 pm 

Event Description:

Amir Koushkani will host a lecture on the phenomenon of esoteric musical improvisation as an expression and manifestation of mystical spiritual practice in Sufism. He will introduce philosophical and spiritual principles of Sufism, describe the various ways music and mysticism come together, and delve into the improvisational elements of Sufi gathering (sama’a). Amir will demonstrate this expression of mystical spiritual practice through samples of music, images and video. 

Admission to the lecture is $10.00, or free for ticket-holders to the May 11, 2018 performance at the Aga Khan Museum. 

About Amir Koushkani:


Composer, tar, and sitar player Amir Koushkani’s training in Persian music began in Iran, where he was introduced to traditional Persian themes, under the tutelage of Master Dariush Pirniakan. He holds a Master’s Degree in Western musical composition and received a PhD in ethnomusicology at York University, where his dissertation covered the history and theory of Iranian musical transcription. He has recently published a two-volume study on the “Persian Avaz” in collaboration with Master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Professor Rob Simms at York University. He most recently performed as part of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche event.

Ticket Price$10.00 

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