Falsa

14th Century Sufi Chamber Fusion Ensemble

14th century Sufi music, described as a "cure for alienation" and one that's "not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence". The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar on Carnatic Violin, Tom Deis and Paul Arendt on Guitars/Harmonium, Adam Hershberger on Trumpet, and Greg Foran on Percussion. To listen, please Click Here.

Our debut album is in the works and will be available soon! Click Here to stay updated!

NPR NEWSWORKS on the origins of Falsa.
WXPN Profile on Falsa.

Click here for Upcoming Performances!


Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Transcendental Showcase: Rumput / Falsa / Kamyar Arsani, Rhizome Washington DC

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Presented by Multiflora Productions:

Rumput plays kroncong (a string-band tradition from Indonesia) and explores parallel threads with other traditions, especially old-time string-band music of the United States and British Isles, and Indonesian gamelan. 

Falsa performs 14th century Sufi music, described as " the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence. Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar on Carnatic Violin, Tom Deis on Guitar/Harmonium, Paul Arendt on Lead Guitar, and Greg Foran on Percussion. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music. Kamyar has spent over 20 years performing and researching the daf and its roots. Kamyar's songs and performances are very much inspired by the people of Iran and their history of struggle and protest. 

7:30PM
$10 suggested

FB Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1138316843011035/

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Falsa at Ragas Live Festival New York!

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Hosted by the acclaimed BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE, FALSA (falsamusic.com) is honored to perform for the first time in New York's annual Ragas Live Festival! FALSA set is on SUN Oct 7th at 1 PM!

Ragas Live is an epic 24-hour, 24-set festival featuring over 60 world-class musicians. A celebration of what The New York Times calls “the Raga Renaissance, flowering in Brooklyn,” the event features both traditional Indian Classical music and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations. 

FULL LINEUP AND SCHEDULE HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/events/422616311568138

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Falsa <-> Ominous Cloud
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Falsa <-> Ominous Cloud

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Sufi ensemble Falsa and audio-visual explorers Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble present a uniquely immersive andtranscendent evening- each giving their own performance, and a special cross-faded collaborative bridge between.

June 19th-- doors at 8 pm, with performance shortly thereafter. 
$5-10 suggested donation, noone turned away for lack of funds.

FALSA--- 14th century Sufi music, described as a "cure for alienation" and one that's "not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence". The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar on Carnatic Violin, Tom Deis and Paul Arendt on Guitars/Harmonium, Adam Hershberger on Trumpet, and Greg Foran on Percussion. https://www.falsamusic.com/

ERIK RUIN'S OMINOUS CLOUD ENSEMBLE--- Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud Ensemble is an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music, led by visual artist Erik Ruin, lauded by the New York Times for his "spell-binding cut-paper animations." Erik manipulates intricate paper-cuts and painted films on overhead projectors to create abstract landscapes and fragmentary scenes that are nonetheless charged with meaning, merging with music that ranges from dark atmospherics to ecstatic peaks of dissonance. Members of the ensemble include a rotating cast of Philly's finest musicians, who have collaborated with everyone from the Sun Ra Arkestra, Chris Forsyth, the Body to Bardo Pond.
erikruin.info

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Innov Gnawa & Falsa live at Owl Music Parlor (Brooklyn NY)
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Innov Gnawa & Falsa live at Owl Music Parlor (Brooklyn NY)

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INNOV GNAWA IS A GRAMMY-NOMINATED MUSICAL COLLECTIVE DEDICATED TO EXPLORING MOROCCO’S VENERABLE GNAWA MUSIC TRADITION IN THE HEART OF NEW YORK CITY. FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 2014 BY MOROCCAN EXPAT SAMIR LANGUS, THE GROUP DRAWS ON THE CONSIDERABLE TALENTS AND EXPERTISE OF HASSAN BEN JAAFER, A MAÂLEM, OR MASTER GNAWA MUSICIAN, ORIGINALLY FROM FEZ, MOROCCO. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF BEN JAAFER, INNOV HAS DELVED DEEP INTO THE ROOTS AND RITUALS OF GNAWA MUSIC, AND MADE A BIG SPLASH IN NYC, FROM LINCOLN CENTER, TO THE STORIED BACKROOM OF BROOKLYN’S BARBÈS.

FALSA:

Described as "the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence", Falsa is an amazing musical experience rooted in 14th century Sufi music of North India. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Website: www.falsamusic.com

NPR on Falsa: https://goo.gl/7varuo

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Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

Falsa at Franky Bradley's with special guests!

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Falsa is thrilled to welcome Hartford Hot Several Brass Band to Franky Bradley's mid-week dance party!
"Hartford needed a funky band to bring brass, ruckus, and joy to all the parties. In 2012, we set out to be that band. You remember how in the intro to The A-Team it said, "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire ... THE A-TEAM"? We're pretty much like that, provided that the problem you have is a lack of brass and ruckus!"

Described as "the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence," Falsa is an amazing musical experience rooted in 14th century Sufi music. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.
Falsa on NPR WHYY: goo.gl/EZTM99

Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
21 and over
$15  - 
http://ticketf.ly/2DvV4j0

www.falsamusic.com
hartfordhotseveral.bandcamp.com/

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Dec
12
9:00 PM21:00

WPO + Falsa at Franky's

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West Philadelphia Orchestra is thrilled to be welcoming back favorites Umer Piracha and Falsa as special guests to our weekly dance party at Franky Bradley's!

Described as "the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence," Falsa is an amazing musicial experience rooted in 14th century Sufi music. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Please join us at 9:00 PM sharp for an intimate set by Falsa, and then prepare yourself to dance with WPO!!

Franky Bradley's
1320 Chancellor Street
9 pm - midnight
$10

www.falsamusic.com
www.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com

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Dec
3
7:30 PM19:30

Innov Gnawa with special guests Falsa!

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Spiritual Music from Morocco

“Innov Gnawa celebrates the ancient, spiritual music of North Africa with an innovative, hypnotic take on the folk tradition.” – Brooklyn Magazine


Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/258056634722749/

Tickets, video, and more information - http://www.crossroadsconcerts.org/innov-gnawa/

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Falsa Live at The BIB! w/ special guests Ensemble, et al

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7:30 - Doors and light refreshments (inc. freshly baked bread courtesy of the host)!

8 - Live Music!
The music will be starting promptly at 8 and will be over at 10.

ensemble, et al. Brooklyn, New York
"The resonant, tonal palette of chimes, bells, and percussive ringing instruments effectively drum across the tight wire between post-punk textures, airport spaces, and the endless grass fields of the mind."
https://ensembleetal.bandcamp.com/

"Described as a 'cure for alienation' and 'music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence', Falsa is rooted in 14th century Sufi music. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings." www.falsamusic.com
NPR NewsWorks on Falsa: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/106263-philly-musician-umer-piracha-journeys-home-in-sufi-mus

BYOB :) Suggested donation only but no one turned away for lack of funds!

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Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Falsa Live at A-Space!

  • A-Space Anarchist Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Falsa will play an acoustic set after some light refreshments to welcome you to this wonderful safe space for ideas, engagement, and community!

To learn more please see the NPR NewsWorks story about how Falsa began and the experience that inspired the band's name: (6 min audio segment at the top): https://whyy.org/articles/philly-musician-umer-piracha-journeys-home-in-sufi-music/

The show starts at 8:00 pm with a suggested donation only and no one turned away for lack of funds. Let's come together this Sunday evening and connect in our communal space.

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Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Mishana Yoga Launch Party: Falsa performing live!

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Celebrating the launch of Mishana Yoga & Wellness!!!
You are invited to a magical afternoon of connecting with yourself and your community through music, movement, meditation, and munchies.
Falsa will share their transcendent sound vibrations live at noon as Mare Bear guides conscious meditative movement with dance, sounding, and breath. This all-levels practice is accessible to everyone. We hope you join us to experience this divine collaboration!

SCHEDULE
*** Please arrive before 11:45 to participate in class, or after 1:30 for the community picnic ***
11: Arrival, tours, refreshments
Noon: Class begins with live music from Falsa
1:30: Picnic


WHAT TO BRING
* A blanket or towel for relaxing on the grass. Chairs will also be available for seating. No yoga mat needed.
* A cash donation to show gratitude to the amazing musicians.

TRAVEL VIA SEPTA -- We'll pick you up from the station
Broad Street Line is FREE that day! Take it to Olney station, 5600 N. Broad Street, for 11:15 arrival.
Or, take Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail to Germantown station, 150 E. Chelten Ave., for 11:20 arrival.
* To arrange pick-up, Facebook message Mishana Yoga or email mishanayoga@gmail.com

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Aug
18
9:00 PM21:00

FALSA @ AUGUSTFEST 2017

  • 1120 Green Street Philadelphia, PA, 19123 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Described as "the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence", Falsa is an amazing musical experience rooted in 14th century Sufi music. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings."
NPR NEWSWORKS story about the origins of Falsa (6 min audio segment at the top): http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/106263-philly-musician-umer-piracha-journeys-home-in-sufi-music

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Aug
8
to Aug 9

WPO Dance Party with special guest Falsa

West Philadelphia Orchestra is thrilled to be welcoming Umer Piracha and Falsa as special guests to our weekly dance party at Franky Bradley's!

Described as "the cure for alienation" and "music that's not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence," Falsa is an amazing musicial experience rooted in 14th century Sufi music. The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

Please join us at 9:00 PM sharp for an intimate set by Falsa, and then prepare yourself to dance with WPO!!

Franky Bradley's
1320 Chancellor Street
9 pm - midnight
$10

 

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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

FALSA: 14th Century Sufi Music under the Black Walnut Tree

Falsa @ The PassionFlower House (4813 Chester Ave)

Join us for an evening under the 100+ year old sacred Black Walnut Tree to celebrate with the band Falsa! The show starts at 8:00 pm with suggested donation of $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Let's dance and connect in The Passionflower House garden.

"In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what's human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness" - David Foster Wallace, an inspiration for Falsa

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Performance at Ahimsa House!
Jul
1
8:00 PM20:00

Performance at Ahimsa House!

On July 1st Falsa combines forces with the healing arts focus of Ahimsa House to share newer arrangements of traditional Sufi works.

The Ahimsa House is a center for practices of peace & mindful living. In the heart of West Philadelphia we are center for conscious consumerism. Our pillars are ahimsa (non-violence), dana (generosity), metta (unconditional love), and mindfulness.

 

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