Falsa

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!

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Performance at Ahimsa House!

  • Ahimsa House 5007 Cedar Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19143 United States (map)

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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