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Ziya Tabassian and Omar Abou Afach
with Nazih Borish, Sergiu Popa and Marina Salonga
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To celebrate the 5th edition of the Golestan project, Festival Accès Asie welcomes the percussionist Ziya Tabassian, the renowned gypsy accordionist of Moldovian origin, Sergiu Popa, along with the great Syrian musicians Omar About Afach on the viola and Nazih Borish on the oud. As a special guest for the evening, Marina Salonga – multidisciplinary dancer – will improvise to several songs in a gypsy fusion style.
The Romani are known to have crossed into Asia from India. Their travels and migrations, encounters and exchanges were a common part of their lives. To highlight their encounters and cultural wealth, the musicians will pay tribute to the Romani borrowing musical influences from Indian, Persian, Syrian and Moldavian origin, and even some jazz.
The Golestan project, created by Festival Accès Asie, aims to create a musical meeting place for different Asian cultures to perform together in Golestan, which means ‘’garden of flowers’’ in Persian.