Sydney Sacred Music Festival at Nexus Arts

Sydney Sacred Music Festival and Nexus Arts present

Sufi Highway

Experience an unforgettable Sufi music journey, taking you from its ancient mystic origins through to a contemporary interpretation. A high-energy music performance by an intercultural ensemble of artists, bridging the music and poetry of South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, this performance by Farhan Shah and guests will resonate with mesmerising, transcendent, and inspiring sounds.

Featuring Farhan Shah, Alain Vãlodze, Satomi Ohnishi, and Keith Preston, this special half hour performance will be live streamed as part of the full Sydney Sacred Music Festival, taking place in venues nationally on 5, 12, and 19 September. Our performance will start promptly at 7pm, so please arrive from 6.30pm to take your seat.

Tickets are $15/$10 waged/unwaged and must be prebooked 

The full Festival program will be available online via http://www.sydneysacredmusicfestival.org

Farhan Shah

Farhan Shah, the “Pakistani Pavarotti” (Adelaide Advertiser) is an Australian / Pakistani music producer, composer, singer and lyricist. He is the composer and vocalist for his Pakistani Band UDAN KHATOLA, group leader and lead singer for Australian Sufi Qawwali group FARHAN SHAH & BROTHERS, and lead singer for Australian Contemporary Sufi Group FARHAN SHAH & SUFI OZ. He runs his music studio in Karachi as UDAN KHATOLA STUDIOS. He has performed professionally in Pakistan and overseas since 2002.

Farhan has worked in the Pakistan music industry extensively. He has composed, produced and sung music for feature film, drama, documentary videos and jingles. He has penned various songs and creative concepts not only for his own productions but for other singers, directors and advertising agencies. Farhan is a phenomenal live stage performer and his understanding, adaptability and exposure to international music styles gives him an additional edge in musical collaborations around the world. Since arriving in Australia, he has been working on collaborative projects in which he has been, and aspires to do so further, collaborating with multicultural musical geniuses on a national and international level.

He has performed live in various parts of the world including Pakistan, the UAE, Thailand, the UK, Canada, Portugal, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Alain Vãlodze

Guitarist/Composer/Recording Artist, Alain Vãlodze is an expressive acoustic guitarist who specialises in Flamenco guitar, Brazilian and Middle Eastern Guitar and a wider variety of World and Jazz musics. Music of haunting beauty and buoyant rhythm, his work can be explored at https://alainvalodze.com/

Satomi Ohnishi

Satomi studied jazz drumming with maestro, Takeshi Inomata in Tokyo. She has played extensively in Japan with the Soulful Unity Jazz Orchestra and her groups, Vivace and Jackpot, the latter winning two major jazz contests. Satomi won the Best Player Award at the 1993 Asakusa Jazz Contest and her group was then twice invited to perform at the Manley Jazz Festival. In Adelaide, she plays regularly with Black Fedora Jazz as well as with several other ensembles covering blues, Latin and Bulgarian music styles. She joined the Brendan Fitzgerald Trio in 2012 and performed with the group in Beijing, Shanghai and at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre Street Concert. Satomi has appeared at a number of jazz festivals and with Latin-jazz group Ah Hum!. As an in-demand percussionist/drummer, she performs with a number of highly regarded Adelaide music projects and bands such as Adelaide Songs, Moonta Street, Silk Road Caravanserai and SufiOz where she displays her skills in a wide range of percussion styles. Satomi Onishi is also a physical chemist with specific expertise in scanning probe microscopy and surface physics.

Keith Preston

Keith has a long involvement in the SA folk and world music scene playing folk, satirical and world music fusion music in a variety of bands and projects. Playing guitar, bouzouki, santoor and bodhran, he co-founded groups such as Local Import (Italian-Irish) Dya Singh (Sikh World Music) Moonta Street (Eurasian world music). Keith is also a music project developer and manager, puppeteer, playwright, songwriter and musical commentator, and for many years ran venues and festivals in SA.