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Global Tea Room with Cassius Khan: Bosnian Music and Tea with Zelko Krakan
February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Global Tea Room with Cassius Khan
Bosnian Music and Tea with Zelko Krakan
February 23rd @ 3pm to 5pm – Free Admission
Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre
735 8th Avenue, New Westminster
Join curator/host Cassius Khan and a variety of highly accomplished musicians and tea specialists as they immerse you in the cultures of the world, bringing you connection to generations past through songs and experiences that have endured for thousands of years. On February 23rd, join Cassius and renowned Bosnian musician Zelko Krakan for an illuminating afternoon of music and refreshments. This event is free and welcome to all.
Canada’s most recognizable Indian Classical musician, the globally renowned Cassius Khan is a performer of combining the Classical styles of Ghazal/Thumri singing and the Tabla, the North Indian pair of drums and presents both, simultaneously. He is the senior disciples of the late Malika e Tarannum Mushtari Begum (Dec 25th 1934-March 14th 2004) and Tabla maestro Ustad Rukhsar Ali, who belongs to the Delhi Gharana of Tabla playing. Combining Indian Classical singing with Tabla, for a single artist, is a first in Indian classical music. Many noted Indian Classical Music gurus have proclaimed that singing and playing Tabla in unison is a difficult feat to master as Tabla playing requires skill and strength, as well as an absolute concentration on the kaleidoscopic rhythm patterns of the repertoire, and singing requires absolute skill in the execution of notes and vibrations of the voice and excellent breathing control. Khan’s trademark is performing the extremely rare and difficult “Tarannum Ang Gayaki style” in which the lyrics share a different metre from the rhythm but they join at the Sum point in a certain phrase.
Violinist, Composer and Arranger Zelko Krakan hails from Sarajevo, Bosnia. After graduating from the Conservatory of Music, he became a member of “Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra”. At the same time, he played in the “Sagrestano Chamber String Orchestra” with whom he toured throughout Europe and Asia. Since coming to Vancouver in the early 1990s, he has performed extensively throughout Canada and United States. He is a founder of “Trio Allegra” with whom he released two CDs “East West Journey” and “Because We Like It”. He has performed music on four continents either as a soloist or part of the band. He is teaching violin in his Studio Felix and in Shadbolt Centre for the Art in Burnaby.