Afghan Women's Orchestra: Traditional Afghan Music

Ensemble Zohra

Music and dance at the court in Kabul – re-imagining classical forms

From the late 19th century to the early 20th century the rulers in Kabul (known as Amirs) were great music lovers and patrons of music. The lecture-recital explores the changing role of the Lareh repertoire under the changing Amirs of the period. The concert forms part of a week-long residency for Ensemble Zohra, the first-ever all female orchestra of Afghanistan.

John Baily, rubab
Veronica Doubleday, daireh
Tabla player from Ensemble Zohra
Sadie Harrison, composer/arranger
Ensemble Zohra

A Lareh played on rubab
Classical rag played on rubab
A Lareh arranged by Sadie Harrison
A Lareh style dance, with full costume
Kushti tu mara and Namure Leili Jan – Two traditional songs in Dari (Afghan Persian)

For more information see the Music Faculty website here.

Tickets available from Tickets Oxford.

For more information on the Afghan Women's Orchestra project click here.

This is one of the events from the Afghan Women's Orchestra's residency. The full programme includes:

Thursday 14 March Schools concerts in Oxford at Wesley Memorial Hall
Thursday 14 March Panel discussion at Somerville
Friday 15 March Concert and fundraising event at British Museum for Afghan Embassy, London
Saturday 16 March Concert at Harrow Arts Centre
Sunday 17 March Side by side concert at the Sheldonian Theatre (including an opportunity to sing)!