09. March 2013

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

5 p.m.
“Nel Giardino dei Suoni”

7 p.m.
Ensemble Shams

Kaykhosro Pournazeri (tanbur & tar)
Tahmoures Pournazeri (tanbur & barbat & voice)
Sohrab Pournazeri (tanbur & kamancheh & voice)
Najmeh Tajadod (voice)
Hamidreza Taghavi (santur)
Kaveh Grayeli (tanbur & setar)
Shahab Paranj (tombak & kuzeh)
Hussein Zahawy (daf & bandir)
Khorshid Dadbeh (tanbur & bamtar)
Amirhossein Hassaninia (Dervish dancers)


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Ensemble Shams & Derwisch Dancing Dance of creation

In the beginning is the true existence of God, the Only One. It is his immediate experience the Sufis are searching for and what they find in their contemplations is an eternal insight into the whole Creation and thus into themselves. “In the waters of purity, I melted like salt. Neither blasphemy, nor faith, nor conviction, nor doubt remained. In the center of my heart a star has appeared. And all the seven heavens have become lost in it,” wrote the mystic and Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). Man dissolves in God to be eternal – like every element returns to its origin of creation.

When Rumi, the son of a scholar, who had escaped the Afghan Mongols with his family and fled to Konya in Southern Turkey, already held a chair in Sufi music, he encountered the wandering Dervish Shams in which he recognized God’s face. Shams became Rumi’s spiritual teacher and mystic lover, until the Dervish mysteriously vanished. The grief over the loss of his friend was the basis for a great poetic work of thousands of verses in the Persian language filled with the absolute love of God. “In the confession of love there are no believers nor non-believers. In the loving one there is no body, no soul, and no heart,” – this is how Rumi let go of all the religious outer appearances and searched for emptiness. “All is empty, the earth is empty, heaven is empty, heart and consciousness are empty. I want to stay here. In front of me lies nothingness.” Through the loss of Shams, Rumi became more and more like him and overcame the illusion of separation and death, attained the “annihilation”, the Islamic Confession of Unity.

When at “Imago Dei”, the Ensemble Shams presents Rumi’s poems in Sufi music and traditional Iranian music on the 9th (the number of man) of the 3rd (the number of the divine) month, Shams and Rumi swing as one – in the movements of the Dervish dances and in the sound of the voices and the traditional instruments, like the bowed lute kamancheh, the hand drum tombak, the frame drum bandir, the cither santur and the long-neck lutes setar and tanbur.

ACCOMPANYING FILM PROGRAM Kino im Kesselhaus, March 9, 5 p.m.
“Nel Giardino dei Suoni”
>> Switzerland 2010>>Direction: Nicola Belucci
Touching and poetic portrait of the blind musician, therapist and sound scientist Wolfgang Fasse.
“A film about the power of music.” (FAZ)
(Free admission with a valid IMAGO DEI ticket of March 9. Please make your reservations when purchasing your IMAGO DEI ticket.)

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