Song of the Reed: Rumi with Jawid Mojaddedi & Amir Vahab
13th Century Persian poet Rumi is one of the most widely read poets in the United States. In this talk, scholar and translator Jawid Mojaddedi discusses the beauty of Rumi’s Masnavi: its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written in rhyming couplets.
A performance of the poems set to music (in English and Persian) by composer and Persian classical performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble will follow the talk. The lively folk and traditional music featuring the ethereal sounding nay (mystical reed flute), saz (seven-stringed long neck lute), daf (large frame drum associated with Sufi rituals). The concert concludes with a dynamic drumming performance that echoes the universal heartbeat of existence.
This program is presented in conjunction with Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a project by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the DC Public Library, along with the public libraries in Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Queens. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.