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Xenakis: Persepolis

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

In 1971, the Greek-French composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) was commissioned to create a piece for the opening day of the fifth edition of the Shiraz Arts Festival. The event commemorated the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire and took place at the ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire…

$15 – $25

Alash Ensemble

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present Philadelphia favorites Alash at The Rotunda for a FREE concert. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music…

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Moniro Ravanipour and Fatemeh Shams

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird and Philly Iranians, a volunteer-led, non-partisan, multi-faith coalition of Iranians and allies in the greater Philadelphia area advocating for a free Iran, are pleased to co-present an evening with Moniro Ravanipour and Fatemeh Shams in celebration of International Women's Day. Join us for an event where Ravanipour and Shams, two esteemed Iranian authors, will…

$20 – $30

A Utopian Stage Film Marathon

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Beginning in its inaugural year in 1967, the Shiraz Arts Festival treated audiences to daily film screenings, drawing enthusiastic crowds, particularly among the younger demographic. Initially held at the Paramount and Capri cinemas, the festival later found its home at the Ariana Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue owned and operated by filmmaker Shahrokh Golestan, a native…

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Kaffe Matthews

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Photo: Katharina Hauke Bowerbird is pleased to present Berlin-based British music maker Kaffe Matthews at The Rotunda with opening set by Spectral Forces.   ABOUT THE ARTIST Kaffe Matthews is a pioneering music maker who works live with space, data, things, and place to make new electroacoustic composition. Site, accessibility and the physical experience of…

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Xenakis: Persepolis – REDUX

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

ENCORE PRESENTATION In 1971, the Greek-French composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) was commissioned to create a piece for the opening day of the fifth edition of the Shiraz Arts Festival. The event commemorated the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire and took place at the ruins of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the…

$15 – $25

POSTPONED: Ensemble Pamplemousse

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Photo by Joe Lamberti THIS CONCERT IS POSTPONED. STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE   Bowerbird is thrilled to bring Ensemble Pamplemousse back to UniLu featuring new works performed and composed by David Broome, Natacha Diels, Andrew Greenwald, and Bryan Jacobs. ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse was founded in 2003 to provide a…

$12 – $20

Contemporary Persian Poetry and Music

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Composer/performers Mahya Hamedi and Sepehr Pirasteh unite their talents with the Shiraz Ensemble and the Arcana New Music Ensemble to craft an enchanting evening celebrating Contemporary Persian Poetry and Music. With poems curated by Fatemeh Shams, the event will immerse audiences in the depth of Iran's poetic legacy while capturing the spirit of the contemporary…

$15 – $25

Shiraz Panorama

Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

TICKET PRE-SALES HAVE ENDED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. The Shiraz Arts Festival was a platform for cultural exchange that brought together artists from around the world to share and celebrate their diverse artistic expressions. One notable event from the festival was the "Stockhausen Panorama" in 1972, which celebrated the work of the…

$15 – $25

Bennardo-Larson Duo

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present the Bennardo-Larson Duo - violin and piano - at UniLu performing works by Anthony Vine and Maya Bennardo. PROGRAM Anthony Vine: Worshipful Company Maya Bennardo: dormant gardens ABOUT THE ARTISTS Maya Bennardo (she/her) is an active performer and composer living in Stockholm, Sweden. Maya is interested in opening the dialogue…

$12 – $20

Opening Day: Baseball in Experimental Film and Video

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

”It’s a paradise of balls and bats” — George Kuchar   What does baseball mean to the experimental filmmaker? In the great taxonomy of American archetypes, the jocks and the artists don’t tend to sit together at the same proverbial table. So it’s unsurprising that although baseball was the most popular American sport from the…

$8 – $12

David Grubbs and Eli Winter

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present David Grubbs and Eli Winter playing electric guitar duets at The Rotunda. ABOUT THE ARTISTS David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He…

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Ghost Ensemble

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present Ghost Ensemble performing works by Catherine Lamb and Ben Richter.  Based in New York the ensemble fosters groundbreaking music that blurs borders of genre, style, and scene, expanding perceptual horizons through shared immersive experience. Ben Richter’s Rewild, inspired by nonhuman perspectives and distant orders of magnitude in the universe of life,…

$12 – $20

Music of Moondog

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present the Music of Moondog performed by the Arcana New Music Ensemble. Louis Thomas Hardin, Jr., better known as Moondog, is one of the most famous and influential outsider musicians of the twentieth century. Born in Kansas to a devoutly religious family, Hardin was blinded at age 16 when he dug…

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Un bel sol

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present vocal ensemble Variant 6 performing an acapella program that explores the timeless theme of the natural world and its influence on the human condition. In a stunning presentation of music spanning over 1,000 years - from Medieval composers like Hildegard Von Bingen and Claude le Jeune all the way through…

$15 – $35

Claire Rousay

The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present LA-based musician and artist claire rousay at The Rotunda with opening set by Apologist. claire rousay, known for challenging conventions in experimental and ambient music forms, recently released a new album in early 2024. A meditation on loneliness, her new album is her most audacious work yet, synthesizing disparate and…

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Dynasty Battles

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present pianist Dynasty Battles at University Lutheran Church. PROGRAM Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899 with Improvised Interludes in-between loosely based on its themes. Franz Schubert: Allegro molto moderato in C minor, No.1 Dynasty Battles: Improvised Interlude Franz Schubert: Allegro in E-flat major, No. 2 Dynasty Battles: Improvised Interlude…

$12 – $20