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The Rogue Folk Club Presents The Heritage Series I VASHAAN + QALANDAR – PERSIAN NEW YEAR

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT


Persian ensembles Vashann and Qalandar celebrate the Persian New Year Nowruz as part of the Rogue Folk Club’s Heritage Series concerts. Concert is live and streamed.


Gathering together some of the finest classically trained Persian musicians in Canada, the Vashaan Ensemble draws upon Iran’s rich musical past to perform joyful and memorable Persian traditional songs. The Vashaan Ensemble was formed in 2011 as a project to explore and present forms of Iranian music that have rarely been heard in North America. 

Vashaan are:

Ali Razmi – setar and voice 

Saina Khaledi – santour

Reza Honari – kamanche

Fathieh Honari – vocalist

Vashann will be joined by oud/guitarist Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen – percussion.


Qalandar melds traditional Persian music with free improvisation. The group performs traditional pieces as well as contemporary compositions. The music is virtuosic and imbued with fire yet the aesthetic is quite delicate and lyrically moving. 

Qalandar is fronted by JUNO award winner oud/guitarist Gordon Grdina.

This concert is made possible through funding from Canadian Heritage.

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March 20
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
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