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
**$5 Shuttle bus available from 918 Bathurst St.**
Includes same-day Museum admission
The shuttle will be departing 918 Bathurst St. at 6 pm, and the return shuttle will depart from Aga Khan Museum at 10 pm, back to 918 Bathurst St.
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 meet-and-greet with the artists. This will be a unique, unforgettable evening.
Ticket price includes same-day admission to the Aga Khan Museum.
Round-trip shuttle service from 918 Bathurst St. available for $5. Shuttle departs 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education (918 Bathurst St.) at 6 pm. Shuttle departs from Aga Khan Museum at 10 pm to return to 918 Bathurst St. Please note departure times are subject to change.
Thank you to the Laidlaw Foundation and Morphrodat for their generous support.
Also thanks to Tad Michalak and Amir Ali Alibhai