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!

NPR NEWSWORKS on the origins of Falsa.
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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

Earlier Event: July 1
Performance at Ahimsa House!

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