WOVEN TOGETHER: DakhaBrakha + Fanna-Fi-Allah Oct. 12 + 13
Join us for two days of workshops and performances featuring ecstatic and riotous folk fusion from Beloved Festival performers DakhaBrakha and Fanna-Fi-Allah!
Oct. 12 + 13 2019 at the gorgeous downtown First Congregational UCC, Portland, OR
WOVEN TOGETHER is co-presented by Beloved Presents and Soul’d Out Productions.
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Get inspired by this cross-cultural collaboration between Ukrainian performers DakhaBrakha and Sufi Qawwali lineage holders Fanna-Fi-Allah through the shared but distinct language of textile art:
“Embroidery was not considered work or study, but magic and mystery, a way of conveying one’s disposition and inner energy by coding signs and symbols on fabrics. It is truly amazing when we look at the etymology of the word ‘vyshyvka’, derived from ‘vyshniy’ (divine/heavenly) and translated into Greek as ‘cosmos’.” – via EuromaidenPress
Two maps representing the regions in Ukraine typified by certain embroidery and weaving styles.
This remarkable quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine, the «ethno-chaos» band DakhaBrakha, reflects fundamental elements of sound and soul, creating a world of unexpected new music. Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, thus creating bright, unique and unforgettable image of DakhaBrakha.
Qawwali is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music and notably popular in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan; in Hyderabad, Delhi and other parts of India, especially North India; as well as the Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions of Bangladesh. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back for more than 700 years and traces much of its growth to the Bhakti Movement in Hindu society, with which the element of music was infused into Islamic devotion.
Two maps of some places where Qawwali was developed with regional embroidery and weaving.
Origins of Qawwali
Delhi’s Sufi saint Amir Khusrow of the Chisti order of Sufis is credited with fusing the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical traditions in the late 13th century in India to create Qawwali as we know it today. The word Sama is often still used in Central Asia and Turkey to refer to forms very similar to Qawwali, and in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the formal name used for a session of Qawwali is Mehfil-e-Sama.
Qaul (Arabic: قَوْل) is an “utterance (of the prophet)”, Qawwāl is someone who often repeats (sings) a Qaul, Qawwāli is what a Qawwāl sings.
SUFISM, DERVISHES, AND PRAYER WORKSHOP
Join Tahir Faridi Qawwal and members of Fanna-Fi-Allah as we discuss Sufism, dervishes, and prayer. In this unique workshop, we’ll hear stories of the great Sufi masters alive today, learn more about how the musical traditions of Pakistan are woven into song, and gain a deeper insight into the life and history of Qawwali.
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The Chisti order of Sufis began near the city of Herat region in western Afghanistan, famous for its traditional silk textile weaving which dates back thousands of years.
Like in Ukraine, textile work was traditionally done by women, and the designs hold particular cultural transmissions.
Your body is my prayer carpet,
For I can see in your eyes
That you are exquisitely woven
With the finest silk and wool
And that pattern upon your soul
Has the signature of God
And all your moods and colors of love
Come from His Divine vats of dye and Gold. –Hafiz
Should never be offered to the mouth of a
Only to someone
Who has the valor and daring
To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
Then weave them into a blanket
To protect you. –Hafiz
Your body is woven from the light of heaven.
Are you aware that its purity and swiftness is the envy of angels
and its courage keeps even devils away.
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
Weaving and embroidery are a type of technology for the transmission of human culture.
In fact, the word “technology” comes from an ancient Proto Indo-European word “teks” which means “to weave.”
Ukrainian embroidery contains symbols that are ancestral spells for protection, prosperity, nature worship, fertility and more.
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LIVE BORSHT & FOLK SONG WITH DAKHABRAKHA
Embroidery, song, and food are woven together in this workshop offering of live-soup stylings from DakhaBrakha!
Borsht is an ancient sour soup traditionally made from common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), a herbaceous plant growing in damp meadows, which lent the dish its Slavic name. Borsht from beets was made popular in the US by Yiddish-speaking Russian Jewish immigrants and is now claimed widely as a national dish.
Join the artists for an afternoon of Ukrainian folk songs and delicious borscht. In the style of a cooking show, a pot of the traditional beet soup will be prepared in front of audience members alongside a selection of traditional Ukrainian songs performed live. Everyone will get the opportunity to sample some soup at the end of the workshop.
We hope this inspires our readers to come out to WOVEN TOGETHER and explore this special cross-pollination of rich culture where we can sing, dance, eat, and weave together visions of a respectful multicultural world.
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