Haram | Music in the Courtyard 2021

Haram  – Presented in partnership with the Firehall Theatre, as part of their Music In the Courtyard Series


Saturday July 31 2021 at 7:00 PM
Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver BC V6A 1L3

Patrons are limited 10 tickets per show. No resale. Masks are recommended. The lobby will open 1 hour prior to showtime.

Arabic/Avant-garde ensemble mixing wild abandon with lyrical time-tested melodies, which are blown wide open with the inclusion of noise, electronic soundscape, and free improvisation.

Gordon Grdina: oud, guitar
Francois Houle: clarinet
Jesse Zubot: violin
Jp Carter: trumpet
Chris Kell: sax
Emad Armoush: vocals, ney
Tommy Babin: bass
Kenton Loewen: drums
Liam MacDonald: riq
Tim Gerwing: darbuka

Juno Award winner Gordon Grdina formed the ensemble Haram in 2008 to interpret classic Arabic repertoire. Starting with Iraqi folk music and the great era of Egyptian radio music when Oum Khalsoum and Farid Al Atrash reigned, they have since expanded to include classic Sudanese and Persian repertoire. The pieces are lovingly reinterpreted with an ensemble half studied in the tradition and half in avant-garde improvisation. This blend of traditions is what gives Haram its unique sound. By combining improvisation and arrangements, the band keeps alive the spirit and Tarab inherent in the compositions. The music has developed into a state of effortless cohesion mixed with wild abandon conjuring up a sense of respect and homage while being explosively self-expressive. Haram is a powerhouse ensemble playing a repertoire that has been revered by millions.

Music in the Courtyard Full Lineup details: http://firehallartscentre.ca/onstage/music-in-the-courtyard-2021/