SMALL WORLD – BIG EARS Sawaari and Beth Bahia Cohen & friends at Passim

Monday, March 25, 2019 7:00pm
Monday, April 22, 2019 7:00pm


Sawaari and Beth Bahia Cohen & friends


Sawaari explores the nexus of Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy, fully encompassing the varied interests and backgrounds of its band members: Fabio Pirozzolo (vocals and percussion), Jussi Reijonen (oud), Mike Rivard (sintir and double bass), and Amit Kavthekar (tabla). Pirozzolo and Rivard – both founding members of the global music ensemble Grand Fatilla – joined forces with Reijonen and Kavthekar to continue pursuing their passion for combining world music from disparate cultures into a unified and cohesive sound. With an emphasis on rhythm, the music they create has a searching, exploratory quality that brings together the meditative with the energetic, taking the listener from sparse tranquility to complex syncopations in a moment. Meaning “to ride” in Hindu, Sawaari invites audiences to be transported into a world of rhythm and sound that knows no borders and no limitations.



Beth Bahia Cohen and friends- Music of Hungary, Romania, Morocco, and Turkey

Beth Bahia Cohen – violin and Turkish yaylı (bowed) tanbur
Mimi Rabson – Kontra viola and űtőgardon
Manos Stratis – bass
Mohammed Mejaour – nay and percussion

Beth Bahia Cohen is a violinist of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired at a young age by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she went on to study with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. She plays the violin, viola, Greek lyrics, Turkish bowed tanbur and Kabak kemane, Norwegian hardingfele, and Egyptian rababa.



Glas plays the soulful roots music of Macedonia. Off-kilter rhythms, unexpected harmonies, and intricate ornaments come together in a tradition born in an older way of living when life was lived close to the bone. Songs sprang up around the table and in the fields, with friends and family, at work and play, and told stories of life lived in hardship. Working as an acoustic duo based in Brooklyn, Vedran Boshkovski and Corinna Snyder create an intimate setting for audiences to connect to vivacious, poignant music from another place and time.

Corinna Škėma Snyder, voice and percussion
Vedran Boškovski, Gajda, kaval, and tambura


Shirim Klezmer Orchestra has taken its unique klezmer across North America and Europe.  The band has played with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, has appeared on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry,” played at Lincoln Center and the Montreal Jazz Festival.  Shirim has collaborated with renowned artist/writer Maurice Sendak on “Pincus and the Pig”  and public radio’s Ellen Kushner on “The Golden Dreydl.”

The members of Shirim all also perform in Naftule’s Dream, an event jazz/klezmer band which has recorded three albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik /Radical Jewish Culture label. As Naftules Dream they have performed all over Europe including the Berlin, Germany Jazzfest, as well as the New York City Jazz Festival, the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in Washington, DC and the Ashkenaz Festival of New Yiddish Culture in Toronto among others.

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