Calgary singer Barkat Ali is part of the triple-bill for An Evening of Sufi Music at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre Saturday.

Sufi concert aims to entertain and enlighten about Islamic musical traditions | Edmonton Journal

By Roger Levesque for Edmonton Journal EDMONTON – At a time when fanatical elements have skewed popular perceptions of their faith, three singers from Alberta’s Pakistani community are trying to air the message of peace that’s inherent in Islam. Calgary’s Barkat Ali, and Edmonton’s Karim Gillani and Athar Shahzad share a triple bill of both…

The Elmer Iseler Singers: Nur - Reflections on Light (2014)

19-strong Elmer Iseler Singers: Reflections on Light by Hussein Janmohamed

Arthur Kaptainis, Special to Montreal Gazette Collaboration was the reigning principle Sunday afternoon at an a cappella joint meeting of VivaVoce and the visiting Elmer Iseler Singers under their respective music directors, Peter Schubert and Lydia Adams. All 31 voices blended magnificently in Mendelssohn’s Sechs Sprüche, Op. 79, Biblically inspired motets in moods ranging from…

Tasleem Jessani: Ask a Designer

Tasleem Jessani: Ask a Designer

Designs on the 2014 Calgary Home + Design Show Recently, I was wondering around the Calgary Home + Design Show, browsing booths of the latest trends and gadgets for the home, treating myself to some dairy-free gelato from the Fiasco Gelato food truck (so delicious) and hoping to catch a glimpse of HGTV host Bryan…

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Event – November 29: Royal Alberta Museum | Mehfil-e-Mousiqi with Karim Gillani, Barkat Ali

Looking forward to perform along with amazing musicians from Calgary and Edmonton on Saturday Nov, 29th, at Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton Titled “Mehfil-e-Mousiqi: An Evening of Sufi music and Ghazal” featuring accomplished artists include Barkat Ali and Athar Shahzad. Accompanied by extremely talented team of musicians such as Altaz I (Keyboard),Deepak Paramashivan (Sarangi), Ojas Joshi…

The Conference of the Birds

Event – November 20-23 | Laurie Theater, Waltham, MA & LiveStream: Hafiz Karmali’s Directed, The Conference of the Birds

All the birds of the world declare the realm a mess and set out on a journey to seek their king, the Simorgh, a beautiful and benevolent bird of Persian myth. Their voyage through the deserts and valleys is laced with riddles and parables, deep spiritual questions and great temptations. Discover what lies at the…

Event - November 1 | Ismaili Centre, Burnaby: Narratives of Expression, with Hussein Rashid & Karim Gillani

Event – November 1 | Ismaili Centre, Burnaby: Hussein Rashid & Karim Gillani – Narratives of Expression: Rethinking Identity & Music in Muslim discourse

An enlightening presentation and discussion on music and identity. This program will help ‘rethink’ modern understandings of Muslim identity in the contemporary world. Through an exploration of music, the presentations will shed light on the cultural/political forces behind the (re)creation and negotiation of identity and forms of expression and their socio-cultural implications. EVENT: Narratives of…

Fayiaz Chunara presents at Making Culture Matter Symposium, Toronto

Fayiaz Chunara presents at Making Culture Matter Symposium, Toronto

Fayiaz Chunara – Head, Communications & Marketing, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) Fayiaz Chunara is a resourceful and results-producing Communications Strategist with over 13 years of multiple award-winning experiences in the arts industry including museums and galleries. He combines an in-depth understanding of the arts and cultural sector with a track record of success…

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Support & Vote for Inspiring Leadership | Northern Pakistan’s emerging photographer Imran Hunzai – Visit My Country Contest

Ismailimail highlights the first of 4 posts today, seeking support from our readers to vote for some inspiring people and organization as they continue in their quest for excellence and making a difference. Presenting Imran Hunzai: Imran Hunzai competes in a photography competition with the submission of this photograph to “Visit My Country Contest” by YouPic.com. Voting…

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Music in Islam – By Nimira Dewji

Ismailimail highlighted Music in Islam Series, a compilation of researched articles presented by Nimira Dewji. Below please find a PDF link to download the complete article. The same is also available at Issuu Magazine. In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered…

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Simerg with the support of Ismaili artists from around the world is pleased to release the first official version of A Compendium of Ismaili Artists, following a preview version that was circulated about a month ago. The new publication profiles more than thirty Ismaili visual artists from around the world – professionals and non-professionals alike.…