14th Century Sufi Chamber Fusion Ensemble

Falsa is a New York based Sufi music ensemble that began in Philadelphia in 2013 and has since established a strong following on the East Coast.  The instrumentation of vocal, harmonium, electric bass VI, Spanish guitar, drum set, tabla, Carnatic violin, and trumpet brings traditional melodies into a modern context in a way that is at times meditative and, at others, explosive. The lyrical content comes from the likes of classic poets Amir Khusrau, Rumi and Hafez, who touched on something essential to human existence in their writings, something that becomes even more palpable to the audience as singer Umer Piracha offers brief, soulful translations between songs. The overall feeling of a Falsa performance is that of virtuosity and transcendence.

Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar on Carnatic Violin, Tom Deis and Paul Arendt on Guitars/Harmonium, Adam Hershberger on Trumpet, Roshni Samlal on Tabla, 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.

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

  • The BIB 818 North 64th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19151 United States (map)
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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."

"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!

Earlier Event: October 15
Falsa Live at A-Space!
Later Event: December 3
Innov Gnawa with special guests Falsa!