Kronos Quartet & Alim Qasimov Ensemble - Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012 8:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall"To be a musician, there has to be a fire burning in you," Alim Qasimov has said, and it's evident that his musical flame burns brightly. Beloved in his home country of Azerbaijan and lauded by the New York Times as one of the world's best vocalists, Qasimov has shared his love of Azerbaijani mugham music with audiences worldwide. A vocal-instrumental folk style with polyphonic elements, mugham includes among its vast array of styles gentle lullabies, ecstatic and fiery love songs and even tunes that evoke war chants. Kronos Quartet will collaborate with Alim Qasimov and his ensemble as they introduce our audiences to this ancient but ever-evolving musical form, in a concert that will feature each group separately before they combine in the second half of the program.
This concert is one of only a handful performed by Alim Qasimov and his ensemble in the United States in 2012. Learn more about Azerbaijani artist Alim Qasimov and Kronos Quartet through films, recordings, and writings by and about these artists held in the University of Maryland Libraries - and don't miss the exhibit devoted to Kronos Quartet and the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, featured in the MSPAL Reading Room!