Pi Theatre presents The Fathieh Honari Ensemble Featuring Gordon Grdina live in concert at The Fox Cabaret on March 17th.
In this remarkable concert experience, Fathieh is joined by Grdina who is bringing together members of the bands Qalandar and Vashaan for a celebration of Middle Eastern music. This concert will combine the introspection of the great Persian tradition with the joyous exaltation of Balochi folk songs. The concert features Fathieh, Gordon, Reza Honari, Ali Razmi, Hamin Honari.
This concert is part of Pi Theatre’s exploration into Middle Eastern culture leading up to its production of the Canadian premiere of The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer prize-winning Pakistani-American playwright Ayad Akhtar (on stage at The Cultch in April). Gordon Grdina is the musical director for The Invisible Hand, and his compositions will feature Fathieh Honari as lead vocalist.
Fathieh Honari is one of Canada’s premier female Persian vocalists and probably the only North American singer of the extremely rare Balochi folk repertoire. Born in Iran, Fathieh began singing before audiences during her early childhood. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her studies of the Radif (the Persian classical music modal system) and performed with the Vashaan Ensemble and many other musicians. She has a profound understanding of Persian classical poetry, which gives her the ability to express the essence of Persian aesthetics and beauty. Many of her Canadian recordings such as Vasheen and Shadmaneh have been widely celebrated in her Native Baluchistan, despite the government ban on female vocalists and recordings.
Juno award winner Gordon Grdina is an accomplished Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. Aside from the avant-garde leading Gord Grdina Trio, Gordon leads the Persian contemporary ensemble Qalandar and is half of the free-punk duo Peregrine Falls. Haram is Gordon’s main ensemble for the exploration of Arabic classical music. This ancient music is redefined by the arrangement and exploration of the pieces from a modern avant-garde perspective. Currently Gordon is working with a NYC quartet and the Grdina/Houle/Loewen Collective. As well as these jazz and world music accomplishments Gordon is a long-standing member of Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.
He has collaborated with Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker, Colin Stetson, Samuel Blaser, Jerry Granelli, David Tronzo, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Han Bennik, Wilbert De Joode, Francois Houle, Benoit Delbeq, Jeb Bishop, Eric Boeren, Michael Moore, Matt Mitchell, Jon Irabagon, and Michael Blake. He has performed at many festivals across Canada and Europe most notably, Festival International de Music Actuelle de Victoriaville, Calgary Folk Festival, Glastonbury, Reeperbahn Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Guleph Jazz Festival, Natt Jazz Festival Bergen, Bimhuis Amsterdam, Burning Eagle Festival, Haldern Pop, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Halifax Pop, and Osheaga.