geometric pattern

Geometric patterns became a distinctive feature of Islamic art

Geometric patterns, calligraphy, and vegetal patterns comprise the non-figural decoration in Islamic art. Although geometric ornamentation reached a pinnacle in the Islamic world, the sources for both the shapes and the intricate patterns already existed in late antiquity among the Greeks, Romans, and Sasanians in Iran. In Byzantine art, for example, depictions of people were often…

Event - April 11 | Trinity St. Paul's Centre | World Premier of Hussein Janmohamed's New Composition: Sun on Water

Event – April 11 | Trinity St. Paul’s Centre | World Premier of Hussein Janmohamed’s New Composition: Sun on Water

Hussein Janmohamed will have a World Premier of a new composition, Sun on Water, by the Amadeus Choir. EVENT: World Premier of Hussein Janmohamed’s New Composition: Sun on Water DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2015 TIME: 7:30 PM VENUE: Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Bloor Street in Toronto Hussein Janmohamed’s website: http://www.husseinjanmohamed.com Twitter: @hussein_choir Amadeus Choir…

Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami to Celebrate Navroz at Vancouver Concert | Link Newspaper

VANCOUVER – Navroz, the New Year celebrated by the Ismaili, Iranian, Afghan and the other communities around the world, gets more significance in the Lower Mainland this year as the world-famous Bollywood artist Adnan Sami joins them all at Vancouver’s iconic Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday, March 22nd  after a long gap of 10 years,…

Fargana Qasimova Ensemble

Event – March 2 | Harvard Divinity School – Public Concert – Music of Azerbaijan: Fargana Qasimova Ensemble

Please join the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Aga Khan Music Initiative for an evening of Azerbaijani music with the Fargana Qasimova Ensemble. EVENT: Music of Azerbaijan: Fargana Qasimova Ensemble DATE: Monday, March 2, 2015 TIME: 5:00pm –…

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…

mehfil e mousiqi

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…

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…