Last year, when Actors Theatre of Louisville unveiled its thrilling production of The Kite Runner, one of the stars of the show was tabla virtuoso Salar Nader. Of course, anyone who loves world music and saw tabla legend Zakir Hussain in his two performances at The Kentucky Center in past seasons is familiar with the tabla, a wonderfully expressive Asian drum. But for many in the audiences at Actors, watching Nader perform live was a revelation. Here is just a sample (from a recent production at the Arizona Theatre Company) of the incredible melodies he was able to evoke with his fingers.
Now, Nader returns to Louisville with his entire ensemble, S.A.R.A. (which stands for Sounds & Rhythms of Afghanistan). As brilliant as he is as a solo artist, when he is joined by the equally gifted Homayoun Sakhi on rubab (an Asian lute), Abbos Kosimov on dorya (a kind of Celtic drum) and Homayun Khan on vocals, the combination is hypnotic. One of the joys of world music is the thrill of discovery, of experiencing something so new that it seems otherworldly, and with S.A.R.A., audiences can experience the music of all Central and Southern Asia. Check out their first video (with guest guitarist Alfredo Cesares).
“Sounds & Rhythms of Afghanistan”
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 8 p.m.
Buy tickets here.