Sacred Music 2019

Sacred Music, Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA (click here for map)

Celebrate the sacred


Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble brings the longing of the Sufi poets to life with original music rooted in Sufi Practice.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, members of Taneen are all salekin (students) of the Sufi Masters Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar and Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha. With an authentic fusion of Middle Eastern Sufi and Western musical influences, and deeply rooted in the Sufi tradition in its intention and inspiration, Taneen creates original melodies that wrap Sufi chant around sung Sufi poertry. They primarily sing the ecstatic love poetry of the great masters (such as Rumi, Hafez, Omar Khayam, and Moulana Shah Maghsoud) translated into English by Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha, making the profound message of love which the Sufis profess accessible to all audiences.

Taneen has performed before international audiences at such events as the annual Sufism Symposium, the Parliament of World’s Religions, the Nobel Peace Institute, the United Nation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, and many other events.

Taneen’s website is here.


Kitka The women in Kitka are fearless sonic explorers, and you can hear their intrepid spirit in every haunting song. For over four decades, the nine-woman Oakland ensemble has developed a vast, breathtaking repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands, as well as new material composed for the group drawing on those traditional vocal practices. Traveling to rural communities in Armenia and Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia, Serbia and Turkey, they’ve gathered songs and communed with elders who are often the last links to centuries-old traditions. The ravishing textures of the women’s voices, unearthly cadences, angular rhythms and unfamiliar languages make Kitka’s performances an enthralling experience.

Kitka’s Sacred program features meditative and ecstatic songs from Eastern European spiritual traditions interwoven with polyphonic folk songs, whose haunting melodies and harmonies soar in resonant space. Listeners are transported by a continuous unfolding of music that flows seamlessly from ethereal, contemplative pieces to tunes that rouse with their earthy rhythms.

Visit Kitka’s website here.



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