Catch a LIVE gig from Seyed Ali Jaberi and Hamdel Ensemble on Saturday 17 July – FREE

The internationally acclaimed musician and composer Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble return to live music performance with an event at Manchester Central Library with two FREE performances at 2pm or 3.30pm on Saturday 17 July.

This event has been hugely popular with audiences and tickets are now SOLD OUT. There is a waiting list so follow the link to Eventbrite and join the list.

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The intimate event celebrates the life, poetry, and spiritual beliefs of the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi and connects audiences to the rich traditions of Sufism through music and whirling dervish dance.

“Captivating and spell-binding. Brimming with powerful intensity.”

Seyed Ali Jaberi is a world-renowned, award-winning maestro of the tanbour. His albums are hugely popular with fans of traditional Sufi music and world music lovers alike. Two of his albums – Psalms of Loneliness (2010) and All Because of Love (2018) – received four-star reviews in Songlines.  In 2019, with CAN’s support, Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble toured to HOME, Manchester; Birmingham Symphony Hall; Sage Gateshead; St George’s Hall, Bristol; the Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Glasgow to huge audience and critical acclaim.  Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble were CAN Artists-in-Residence in 2019.

The performance is ticket-only with performances at 2pm or 3.30pm at Manchester Central Library on Saturday 17 July.  There is a limited capacity to keep audiences safe and tickets are selling fast.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this mesmerising artist perform live. Here’s a performance from 2017 at the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music), Manchester, of Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble performing with the renowned Iranian singer, Sina Sarlak.

Seyed Ali Jaberi shares some of his thoughts about the Covid-19 pandemic and his return to playing live music:

“I tried to make the most of my privacy and focus more on music during lockdown.  When the weather was good, I was writing music in my back garden.  In some ways, it was easier to connect with artists from all over the world through the internet and social media.  I think we’ve learnt how technology can help us as artists.”

“I did a lot of thinking during the pandemic. I think Covid has taught people – both rich and poor – a great lesson. Health and love are important. We must learn a great lesson from this situation that we must always be friends and helpers of each other. We must reach out to other human beings.”

“The return to performing live makes me very happy. Simply put, artists need that face-to-face contact with audiences. We need connection, we need their encouragement. This love gives us more energy to create more music.”

To ensure the event is Covid-safe, audiences need to arrive 15 minutes early before the start of the event.

This event is just one of CAN’s series of events celebrating Libraries of Sanctuary where three library services – Manchester, Bolton, and Oldham – have now received the Library of Sanctuary Award as part of this national movement. The event is presented by CAN, in partnership with Manchester Central Library and Crossing Footprints.

Click on the link to Manchester Central Library for directions.


Check out the photographs from the event here:

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