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Uploaded on Apr 14, 2009
Continuing a centuries-old dialogue between Jewish and Islamic musical traditions, guest curator Lawrence Rinder stages a multichannel sound installation incorporating a new musical composition by Shahrokh Yadegari. Extending the work of Rinder's grandfather, Cantor Reuben R. Rinder (18871966), the composition blends singing in Hebrew, Persian and English with classical Persian and electronic music. The piece incorporates such diverse elements as the melody from one of Cantor Rinder's scores, text from the ancient Jewish priestly benediction, and two poems by the Sufi philosopher Rumi.