Born in Iran, raised in India, Azam moved to America as a teenager. Her son, Iman, was born in 2008. As Azam began to sing traditional Persian lullabies to her newborn, she reflected on the millions of children around the world who are born into exile. And so she began gathering songs that expressed a mother's closeness, and a motherland's distance. The result was her latest solo album, "From Night to The Edge of Day."
The lullabies come from a variety of backgrounds: Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, Arab, Azeri and others. The music likewise is influenced by all of these traditions. The album showcases Azam's emotional range, with vocals transitioning seamlessly from warmth and comfort to a deep yearning for home.
Azam performs at the Ibrahim Theater, located in the International House (3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia). This intimate theatre setting offers comfortable seating, clear sight lines and excellent acoustics.
Opening the show will be Raquy and the Cavemen, a duo of virtuoso drummers / multi-instrumentalists who bring some rock energy to traditional Middle Eastern rhythms. Switching between between energetic drumming compositions and intoxicating melodic pieces, the duo employs a variety of unusual instruments including the Kemenche (an ancestor of the violin), Dumset (Middle Eastern drumset), Dumbek and 11 String Guitar. They also utilize the unique art of Mongolian Throat singing. They have performed at Central Park SummerStage and LollaPalooza and have collaborated with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Saiid El-Artist and many others.
Doors open at 7pm for this event. Tickets go on sale September 16th and are priced at $23 (reserved seating), $29 (premium seating in Rows 4 & 5) and $55 (VIP Package - seat in first three rows, poster, exclusive T-shirt and autographed CD).
There is a special PRE-SALE that begins September 9th, one week before tickets go on sale to the general public. Details can be found here:
Tickets are available through the following outlets:
IsoTank Mailorder ($1 service charge): http://www.isotank.com/
(If you would also like to order Azam Ali CDs, use this link instead: http://www2.mailordercentral.com/isotan
Digital Ferret CDs (no service charge): 732 S 4th St., Philadelphia (215) 925-9259
Ticketmaster ($6-10 service charge): http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02004
Azam Ali Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azam.ali.m
Azam Ali video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeIX591M
Raquy and the Cavemen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raquyandthecav
Raquy and the Cavemen video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AneAEKv
VIP Package details: The VIP ticket includes the following items:
-> A seat in the first three rows
-> A CD that has been autographed by Azam (see list below)
-> An 11x17 poster
-> An Azam Ali Tshirt designed exclusively for this event
VIP ticketholders can select one of the following CDs, autographed by Azam. VIP ticketholders can select their CD when they arrive at the venue; selection will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Portals of Grace
Elysium for the Brave
Garden of Souls
Feast of Silence
From Night to the Edge of Day
This event is proudly produced by Dancing Ferret Concerts.