24. March 2018 - 20:00 till 23:00
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Land of Kush: Sand Enigma - World Premiere | Aga Khan Museum | Saturday, 24. March 2018

The Music Gallery and Aga Khan Museum present
Land of Kush: Sand Enigma WORLD PREMIERE
part of the Departures series
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Doors: 7:30PM | Concert: 8PM
Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr, North York
$40 Regular, $34 Friends of the Aga Khan Museum/Music Gallery members, $30 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission

The Music Gallery is thrilled to partner with the Aga Khan Museum to present the world premiere of Land Of Kush’s new work Sand Enigma, along with Shalabi playing an opening solo set. The Aga Khan Museum’s concert hall is one of Toronto’s great acoustic spaces and is an ideal venue in which to present this large ensemble. Four years in the making, this event is one of the highlights of the Music Gallery's 2017-18 season.

Of all the projects assembled by Montreal/Cairo-based multi-instrumentalist Sam Shalabi, the 23-piece ensemble Land of Kush is the grandest. Veering from large scale free improvisation to intricately written ensemble interplay, Land of Kush combines strings, horns, woodwinds, multiple percussionists, bassists, guitarists, numerous vocalists and electronics with Shalabi’s signature brilliance on oud. Membership of Land of Kush has been a kaleidoscope of Montreal musicians (many associated with Constellation Records) over the years, but this version features two special guests – producer/multi-instrumentalist Maurice Louca and singer/electronic musician Nadah El Shazly (whose album Ahwar was one of Bandcamp's top 100 albums of 2017) – who have travelled from Cairo especially for this occasion. This is Land Of Kush's first performance outside of Quebec.

We want to make sure getting to the museum is straightforward, so we’ll be running a shuttle to and from downtown (check our website for updates) before and after the show. Make some time before the show to enjoy the museum, too: the ticket price gives you access to the Museum’s permanent collections. Stick around afterwards for a post-concert chat with the artists. This will be a unique, unforgettable evening.

Ticket price includes same-day museum admission.
Round-trip shuttle service from 918 Bathurst St. will be available for $5

Thanks to Tad Michalak and Amir Ali Alibhai
  • Land Of Kush Personnel: maya kuroki -vocals nadah el shazly -vocals elizabeth anka viagic -vocals katie moore-vocals elizabeth lima-clarinet ,vocals amir amiri-santur devin brahja waldman-alto sax adam kinner - tenor sax jason sharp-bari sax dave gossage-flute dina cindric-piano alexandre st onge-electronics ,voice maurice louca-synth,keyboards anthony seck-setar/lap steel guitar sarah page-harp jonah fortune-bass pat conan-drums mark molnar-cello ivan bamford -percussion michel bonneau-percussion vicky mettler-electric guitar gen heistek-viola sam shalabi-ud
  • Thank you offering shuttle bus service to this event. I'll look forward to more details around this as the event approaches (start time of shuttles etc). Aga Khan museum tends to close at 6pm on Saturdays. Will they be extending their hours for this event?
  • Epic Sam Shalabi solo set
  • Land Of Kush page on Constellation Records
  • Maurice Louca's ambitious and brilliant "Salute The Parrot"
  • Nadah El Shazly's amazing album "Ahwar"