Divahn Calling

Learn What Jewish Culture Sounds Like at the Oriental Theater.

The University of Denver's Center for Judaic Studies continues its year-long series, Shema: What Jewish Culture Sounds Like, this week with a full platter of events, concerts and lectures featuring the Iranian Jewish cantor and ethnomusicologist Galeet Dardashti. A musician and expert on Sephardi and Middle-Eastern Jewish music — a singular genre with roots as old as civilization and modern incarnations from around the world — Dardashti will put all pedantics aside tonight to simply show and tell, with help from her band, Divahn, an all-woman ensemble given to tuneful explorations of Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Aramaic traditions, using percussion and a variety of new and old instruments, including guitar, violin, cello, tablas and more.

Dardashti and Divahn perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue — and don't go expecting a sedate evening: These ladies kick it. For tickets, $18, go to www.orientaltheater.com or call 1-800-838-3006; for information about other scheduled events with Dardashti, visit www.du.edu/cjs.
Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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