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Out of the Woods: Ask Hafiz

  • Joe's Pub 425 Lafayette Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

$20 | 6pm Doors | 7pm Music

‘Ask Hafiz’ is performance integrating story-telling, poetry, dance and music. The show tells the immigration story of Sahar Muradi's tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. The answers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, Bala Skandan and Rich Stein.
Hafiz, the 14th-century Persian poet and mystic, is an ancient voice connecting the people of South Asia, the Middle East and the US, linking the past to our ever-evolving present.

Women’s Raga Massive presents their third annual March festival: Out of the Woods, featuring female-led ensembles in celebration of Women’s History Month 2019 (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, & 3/29). This year’s iteration of the festival reflects on the subtle and violent, the named and often invisible currents that are at play with the role of gender in music within the South Asian musical world. The narratives are multiple, alternating between ecstatic song and lament. Out of the Woods seeks to create a creative clearing in which these stories can be freely told. The festival will rotate through some of New York’s iconic venues, starting at Nublu, The Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub and culminating at the Rubin Museum. Traditional, experimental and multidisciplinary performances by Samita Sinha (voice), Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Malini Srinivasan (dance), Haleh Liza Gafori (poetry), Roshni Samlal (tabla), Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam), Deepal Sanghavi (santoor), Roopa Mahadevan (voice) and several others from the Women's Raga Massive collective. They are also co-hosting a series of musical-art dialogues, a panel discussion and "long table" gathering at The Rubin Museum of Art focusing on power and gender in South Asian performing arts communities.

Malini Srinivasan- dance
Sahar Muradi- poet/spoken word
Haleh Liza Gafori- vocal
Rich Stein- percussion
Trina Basu- violin
Adam Maalouf- cello
Bala Skandan- mrdangam

Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher, and the disciple of Guru Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. A critically acclaimed soloist, her creative work bridges the gap between traditional and modern worlds. Malini is dedicated to developing new dance works through commissioning music for dance from composers in world music traditions. Her work has been presented by prestigious venues including The Winter Garden (NYC), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (DC), LaMama Moves! (NYC), The Music Academy (Chennai), the Wasserkiche (Zurich), and the New York Fringe Festival. She has been awarded the NYC Fringe Award for Excellence, QCA Individual Artist Grants, and a New Music USA grant. Based in New York City, Malini is committed to spreading a deep understanding of Indian classical traditions through teaching. She has been a visiting artist/lecturer at Princeton University, Wellesley College and Colgate University and SUNY Stony Brook. She teaches at the Consulate General of India and works in arts-in-education programs at City Lore.