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The Wine of Khayyam: A Musical Celebration of Omar Khayyam


May 19, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Hook and Ladder Lounge
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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The Wine of Khayyam: A Musical Celebration of Omar Khayyam

Music in the House Series presents

The Wine of Khayyam: A Musical Celebration of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, May 19
at The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
Doors 6:30pm :: Music 7pm :: 21+ To Drink / Kid Friendly
$20 Suggested Donation – All Proceeds To The Artist
Come celebrate the birthday of Omar Khayyam with an evening of live music and sung poetry in Persian and English. With Dan Rein (dutar and setar), Liz Draper (bass) and Mikkel Beckmen (percussion). At Hook and Ladder Theater in the new Mission Room.  Appetizers supplied by Gandhi Mahal.

Dan Rein is a native of Minnesota and has studied and performed Persian Traditional music for the past twenty-five  years. He has studied setar, Kurdish Tanbur and Dutar of Torbat-e Jam (Eastern Iran) with masters in Iran, Canada, Denmark and the United States. Throughout all of the years of playing, Dan has recorded live performances only. He recently released “Just One Breath” where he sings the poetry of Omar Khayyam in Persian and English.  It is his first studio recordingFor the past fifteen years he has been composing and improvising music for dutar and singing the poetry of Omar Khayyam  (1048-1131).   With the help of Iranian friends he has created his own translations of the poetry, which he sings in Persian and English.  The dutar, which Khayyam would of heard, is a mystical instrument of Iran. Its structure and playing is a metaphor for the journey of life. The sound is the harmony of the everyday and the eternal.

For many years he has hosted “Century Song” on KFAI radio where he celebrates the music and culture of the Twin Cities as well as traditional cultures throughout the world. In conjunction with his radio show, he programmed and promoted the weekly “Hosmer World Music Series” for fourteen years.  This series featured the richness of the Twin Cities acoustic music scene.  Along with Baktash Boghrati, he created a fourteen part series on the ethnic music of Iran, which aired on KFAI. He has presented programs in schools and colleges locally.  He has performed weekends at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant for the past six years, accompanied by percussionists Mikkel Beckmen and Stephen Spaise.