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Dounouya: Global Sounds on the Hill with Shab-e-Mehregan شب مهرگان

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hill Center is thrilled to host Shab-e-Mehregan, a night celebrating Persian culture and heritage. Dounouya (DOON-EE-YA) is the West African word for “The Whole World.” Our Global Sounds series of singular concerts, curated and hosted by Jim Thomson, features musicians at the forefront of the global music scene. Thomson will facilitate a brief conversation with the artist. This concert is presented as part of Multiflora’s DIY multicultural music festival, in collaboration with Aftaab Committee.

Huda&Kamyar هدى وكاميار

A Palestinian oud player and an Irani daf player meet in Washington, DC. A mystical journey and an exploration of the region’s rich musical repertoire begins. The duo delves into the universe of Mashriq rhythms to create a transcending musical dialogue, influenced by the zaar, sufi thikr and more.

Ava Shadmani (1991, Iran) is currently a Masters of Music in Violin Performance degree candidate at University of Maryland under supervision of David Salness, and holds a BM in Violin Performance from University of Tehran where she graduated in 2014. Ava is a former violinist of Arvand String Quartet, a chamber group in Iran with the goal of bringing classical music into more accessible venues. As a woman from Iran who has always carried a deep passion for Persian culture and music, she started playing kamanche (Iranian bowed string instrument) under one of the greatest masters of Iranian music Ardeshir Kamkar.

Kimia Hesabi grew up learning the Iranian percussion instrument tombak and performed alongside her father until the age of 16. Kimia worked with some of Iran’s most professional orchestras such as The Iranian National Orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra and The Parsian Chamber Orchestra. Kimia is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Degree at The University of Maryland under Professor Katherine Murdock. Kimia is extremely passionate about promoting the music of Iran and aims to organize various performances featuring the music and culture of her country.

Jim Thomson owns and operates the Brooklyn/Washington, DC-based boutique record label-Electric Cowbell Records. He currently runs Multiflora Productions out of Washington, DC, a multifaceted, multicultural agency that specializes in expanding the reach of genre-bending roots-to-the-future music through artist management, event marketing and music releases.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$12 in advance, $15 day of
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Dounouya: Global Sounds on the Hill


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