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Sufi Music & Dance Showcase

Time: September 28, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
Street: 123 4th Ave FL 2
City/Town: New York
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Event Discipline: music, dance
Organized By: Center for Remembering & Sharing
Latest Activity: Aug 20

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Event Description

We invite you into our sacred circle to commune with the divine through the ecstatic music, dance, and poetry of Sufism with musicians Tomchess (ney, oud) and Dan Kurfirst (daf) of the American Sufi Project and the CRS Sufi Dance student community. Light refreshments will be served following the performance.

This concert, curated and directed by Lâle Sayoko, is CROSSING BOUNDARIES Concert Series Vol. 9, and will take place on September 28, 2019 at 7 pm at CRS.

Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Students and seniors tickets are $20.

The 2019 season of CROSSING BOUNDARIES is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.


Tomchess (oud, ney, morsing) is a New York City–based multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer who has played and recorded with some of the most esteemed players in the improvisational scene as well as Moroccan sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. He has performed around the world and at NYC venues like Lincoln Center, the Turkish and Pakistani embassies, the Met Museum of Art, and the U.N. He has played on Grammy-nominated recordings and was awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and the Maryland Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was nominated for an Independent Music Award.

Dan Kurfirst is an NYC based percussionist, composer and improviser. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed extensively in the NYC world music and improvised music scenes for years and has performed with various artists and groups here and abroad, including Matt Darriau, Tomchess, Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph, Oruc Guvenc, Daniel Carter, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Brad Shepik, Gabriel Marin, William Parker – to name a few. Dan leads Spheric Sound Unit, a group dedicated to exploring cultural syncretism through music. He also co-leads Ensemble Fanaa, a trio which explores the intersection between African American, North African and Middle Eastern musical traditions.

Curator and Sufi Dance Artist Lâle Sayoko lives to embody and transmit the voice of spirit through music and dance. As CRS resident Sufi Dance instructor, choreographer, performing artist, and musical curator, she loves to welcome people into this holy practice to explore and share their own divinity. After a long professional dance career, she retired to support her young daughter through a life-threatening medical crisis. Several years later she discovered that she could whirl as a form of prayer to support her daughter and began studying Sufi Dance with Paris-based Sufi Artist Rana Gorgani. In April 2018 Gorgani awarded her the International Sufi Dance Certification Of Cid UNESCO. She currently teaches Sufi Dance classes at CRS every first Thursday of the month from 7 – 8:30 pm and leads Healing Circles + Whirling Prayer that take place every third Thursday from 7:15 – 9 pm.

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