Spirit(us): An Evening with Kiya Tabassian

Date(s) - February 24, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

St. Anselm's Anglican Church

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We are proud and pleased to announce a new concert series beginning this fall in partnership with Early Music Vancouver called “Spirit(us): Exploring the pathways to art, earth, and us.” Join us this coming February 24th for an intimate event with Kita Tabassian.

Founded in the vision and generosity of Dr. Stephen Drance and his family, the program seeks to engage in the creative development, or “spirit” that drives the craft associated with world renowned artists, and our own role in that work in our lives. Our evenings include conversation and performance in our intimate setting at St. Anselm’s which is followed by a reception and chance to meet the artists directly.

We are honoured to welcome:

February 24, 2018- Kiya Tabassian; Composer and performer of Persian music, Ensemble Constantinople, born in Iran and resident of Montreal, who will perform on the Iranian Setar.   

Born in Tehran in 1976, Kiya Tabassian received his initial training in Persian music from Mehrdad Torabi at the Bahârlou Institute in Tehran, from Reza Ghassemi in Paris and Kayhan Kalhor in Montréal. He has also studied composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Gilles Tremblay. In 1990, upon his arrival in Canada, he co-founded the Darvish-Khan Trio, an ensemble devoted to classical Persian music. He is also the co-founder of Constantinople, an ensemble that specializes in medieval and Renaissance music, and Nowrouz, which is devoted to classical Persian music. Kiya has collaborated with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on several occasions as a performer and special co-host. In addition, he performs regularly throughout the U.S., France, Greece and Mexico, both as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians. Since March 2002, he has been an active member of the MediMuses project, as a member of the research group on the history of Mediterranean music. Kiya is a member of the Conseil Québécois de la Musique. He has received several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Kiya has frequently been invited to give lectures and presentations on Persian music.

April 26, 2018- Charles Daniels; Tenor, Baroque performer and frequent artist with the Kings Singers.

All these events are by donation ($20 suggested)

Mark your calendars for these incredible events. All are welcome.

Let us know you’re coming. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your seat today.


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