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  • The Gifts We Carry: Sounds of Migration and Memory

    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 6:30 p.m. ET
    Where: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
    Category: Performances

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    In an evening of music and poetry from Afghanistan and beyond, Yo-Yo Ma hosts a special event marking the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s return to the National Mall.

    The cultural practices that people carry across borders simultaneously connect them to homes left behind and offer comfort in new lands. As his life’s work so beautifully illustrates, Yo-Yo Ma has a deep understanding of how the creative gifts immigrants bring enrich the lives of communities near and far. This renowned cellist, arts advocate, and longtime friend of the Festival joins us once again as he hosts master and emerging artists in an evening of exchange and improvisation.

    Sharing the stage are Homayoun Sakhi (rubab), Salar Nader (tabla), Ahmad Fanoos (vocals), Elham Fanoos (piano), Mehran Fanoos (violin), Hamid Habibzada (tabla), Nazira Wali (cello) and Alex and Sophie Sherzai (vocals). Featured poets include Khet MarZohra Saed, and Genya Turovskaya. Special guest appearance by Chelsey Green (violin).


    Support provided by the Timashev Family Foundation in celebration of the Festival’s return to the National Mall. Presented in partnership with Asia Society–NY, the American Anthropological Association, and Events DC.

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