On Saturday May 28th at Kenny Dorham's Backyard (1106 East 11th) the #InternationalGrooves series is very proud to present the internationally acclaimed Ustad Nizami plus Austin’s own cultural ambassadors, Atlas Maior. Enjoy a PICNIC and some LIVE MUSIC OUTDOORS! BYOB and adult beverages! Several FOOD TRAILERS ON SITE! FAMILY-FRIENDLY and PET-FRIENDLY! Only $10 at the gate! Children 12 and under get in free to all events and FAMILY DISCOUNTS are provided. FREE PARKING!
6:30-8:30 Sufi Qawwali by Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, Faraz Nizami & Raviteja Nulu
9-10 Sari Andoni & Joshua Thomson
10-11 Atlas Maior
*Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a 17th-generation musician and a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, is one of the foremost musicians of Pakistan. In 2008 Ustad Nizami came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar to teach music at the University of Texas and in 2009, understanding that instruction is the key to protecting an ancient musical tradition that is being lost, Ustad Nizami founded the Nizami School of Music in Austin, Texas in 2009. be presenting their unique style of Sufi qawwali music accompanied by several of his students. Faraz Nizami will be the second qawwal on stage providing incredible vocals, Raviteja Nulu on Tabla, Mario Garza, Noah Colbeck and Guru Khalsa as supporting vocals.
*Atlas Maior creates original music that combines elements of Progressive Jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Indian music traditions. The group composes with a wide variety of rhythms and incorporates traditional instruments including the Indian tablas, Middle Eastern dumbek, & Peruvian cajón. Atlas Maior has toured internationally in France, Spain, and Turkey, and has received hometown recognition as 2019 Creative Ambassadors to the City of Austin. As an ensemble, Atlas Maior has released 5 studio albums.
*Kenny Dorham's Backyard was named after a legendary jazz trumpeter who once lived in the East Austin neighborhood. The 2-acre space is a unique and creative community space managed by Diverse Arts. http://diversearts.org/DiverseArtsHome See less