Explore Music! MIDDLE EAST | Webster University

Explore Music! MIDDLE EAST

Experience the Music & Culture of the Middle East


Saturday, March 28, 2015, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Community Music School of Webster University 
535 Garden Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Farshid Soltanshahi & Sandy WeltmanJoin the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) on a journey to the Middle East on Saturday, March 28, 2015 for Explore Music! MIDDLE EAST. Through ancient stories, song, crafts, and traditional cuisine participants will explore the music and culture of the Middle East.

Musical Traditions from the Middle East, a Springboard program, will begin at 1 p.m. Featuring a wide array of exotic instruments, this workshop focuses on the rich musical heritage of the Jewish, Arabic, and Persian cultures. Through ancient stories and song, two of St. Louis' most talented multi-instrumentalists, Farshid Soltanshahi, a native of Iran, and Sandy Weltman, lead the journey far to the Middle East.

Following the workshop at 2 p.m., children and adults of all ages are invited to create arts and crafts projects. Craft a Hamsa to ward off evil, create a prayer mat, and map the countries of the Middle East.

At 2:45 p.m., Farshid Soltanshahi, Sandy Weltman and guest percussionist, will perform a concert featuring a mix of music of Middle Eastern, East Indian and African influences, with Latin jazz and blues. Their music combines three different cities and countries, cultures, and languages, to create music that is not limited to one tradition.

Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine provided by Café Natasha will be available for purchase starting at 12:30 p.m. Cash and check are accepted.

Admission:  FREE and open to the public.  For all ages.

Questions?  Call (314) 968-5939 or email cms@webster.edu 

Born in Iran, Farshid Soltanshahi is a multi-instrumentist who started the guitar at the age of 16. He studied and worked in France for 15 years as industrial drafter, professional musician, and guitar and Middle Eastern instruments instructor before touring across Europe. Moving to St. Louis in 1999, Soltanshahi began to mix his Middle Eastern influences with Latin jazz and blues to find his unique sound. Farshid Soltanshahi cooks up music with Iranian, East Indian, and African spices, combining three different cities and countries, three different cultural environments, and three different languages, to create music that is not limited to one tradition.

While at home in the jazz realm, Sandy Weltman is equally skilled in blues, celtic, klezmer, Latin, and much more. He learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard Levy, a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He has since gained international recognition in the World Harmonica Competitions. Weltman has won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo. He currently performs his unique style of harmonica jazz in a duo, trio, & quartet setting.