We are happy to begin presenting great music again this fall and there will be many new updates coming here. But first, in response to world events here are some of the changes we have made at GiG. We will now have reduced but spaced seating inside. Should any concerts be cancelled because of extenuating circumstances we will refund tickets immediately. Tickets available online only, prior to the show. Ok, on with the music!
Heir to a Persian musical heritage that stretches back millennia, Iranian santour virtuoso Sourena Sefati carries that tradition into the modern era with stunning original compositions that reveal the extraordinary breadth of expression concealed in this ancient instrument’s small wooden frame.
Born in Ramsar, Iran, Sefati fell under the sway of the santour at an early age and dedicated his life to mastering this trapezoidal box’s 72 metal strings. The grandfather of China’s yangqin, Eastern Europe’s cimbalon, and the United States’ hammered dulcimer, the santour is played with delicate felt-tipped mallets, or mezrabs. Its structure has changed little since its first representation in inscriptions in Susa, Iran, dating back to 699 B.C.
Sefati earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2002 from the University of Tehran and went on to achieve a master’s in Iranian music performance in 2009 from Art University in Tehran, where he won the award for Best Composer of Iranian Music.
In his native country, Sefati launched a successful career as a performer, a recording artist with appearances on more than 50 albums, and an in-demand composer with numerous commissions. He’s appeared in concerts in Africa, Asia, and Europe, both as a member of prestigious ensembles and as a soloist. He performed as a featured soloist with the Iran Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (2009 to 2014), the Iranian Chamber Orchestra (2009), and Mehrnavazan National Orchestra (2011). In 2016, his album Az Roozegare Rang Amiz (From Deceitful Ages) won him the award for Best Composer of Iran.
In 2014, Sefati moved to the United States. The move presented an opportunity to spread awareness of his beloved motherland’s musical heritage and his own modern classical compositions, which are marked by lyricism, rhythmic complexity, and fast tempi requiring highly technical playing. The performance is based on Persian instrumental and vocal traditional music in old Persian scales, including Nava, Dashti, and Homayoon.
Brian King is a New Orleans-based classical guitarist whose innovative performances, arrangements, and compositions have stretched the boundaries of classical music while bringing the genre to a wider audience. King’s nuanced performance style and creative works have led him to perform throughout the United States and Europe and receive numerous prizes from competitions such as the James Stroud Guitar Competition and the New Orleans International Guitar Competition. With creative influences coming mainly from the jazz and folk music of his birthplace New Orleans, King’s performances offer listeners a rich musical tapestry featuring a dialogue between many musical traditions.
American classical guitarist Mohit Dubey wasborn in 1996 and began studying the classical guitar at the New Mexico School for the Arts at age 14. Since then, he has given concerts around the globe and released his debut album ‘Fairuz’ to critical acclaim. Dubey holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory where he studied with Stephen Aron, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Alicante, Spain. During his time in Spain, Dubey studied with musical luminaries such as David Russel, Alvaro Pierri, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, and Jakob Lindberg among others. His most recent projects include a guitar duo album with Brian King featuring original arrangements and an upcoming solo album of guitar works dedicated to women, also featuring original compositions and arrangements.
“Dubey takes us on an engaging and enlightening historical journey… He has a bright musical future in front of him.” [Classical Guitar Magazine]
"Mohit Dubey wowed the audience in Hyderabad by strumming the compositions of Villa Lobos, Lauro, and Bach..." [Times of India]
"The concert was so well-attended that people were sitting and standing all around the back of the room; it was an authentically SRO packed house, a testament to Mohit's musicianship..." [Stephen Aron]