Music of the Mystics
Music offers a powerful way to connect with world cultures and traditions. And so when traditional world music comes to our little town, it is indeed a special thing.
‘Music of the Mystics’ – a concert of Qawwali music. This is a passionate & deeply devotional art from the Sufi’s of India and Pakistan that is rarely experienced outside of the East. A chorus of vocalists sing praises to the Divine in poetry and improvisation, accompanied by intricate percussion rhythms. A message of peace & unity is at the heart of Sufi mysticism and music.
Performer and teacher Tahir Qawwal has spent many years immersed in the tradition of Qawwali, in the homes of his esteemed teachers and at mehfils (musical spiritual gatherings) in Pakistan. He is well respected for carrying the tradition of Qawwali music to the West, connecting people to a spiritually rich piece of Pakistan. Tahir is also completing a documentary called ‘Music of the Mystics’ – a film about the culture of Qawwali. A selection of footage from the movie will be screened at Friday night’s concert which contains deep seeds of wisdom from Sufi masters and beautiful videography of scenes at shrines and sacred music gatherings.
Each year Tahir tours throughout the USA and Canada with his group Fanna-Fi-Allah, as well as in India and Pakistan. And just once a year Byron Shire’s community is treated to a Qawwali music concert with a talented crew of musicians including powerful tabla player Yama Sarshar (Sydney/Afghanistan).