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The Art of Afghan Music: Ustād Mahwash, vocals
<p>Afghanistans most beloved singer, Ustād Farīda Mahwash, performs romantic Persian poetry, Kabuli songs, and Afghan folk music. She received the BBC World Music Award for the CD Radio Kaboul. A former star on Radio Afghanistan, Mahwash left the country in 1991 and now lives and performs in the United States. Ahsan Ahmad on tabla (drums) &#8230;</p>

Colorful Sutra Banner: Shanghai Quartet, with Gloria Chien, Piano
<p>Hear composer Ye Xiaogangs musical work Colorful Sutra Banner, inspired by the Buddhist prayer flags he saw in the Tibetan landscape. The same artists who played the compositions American premiere at Lincoln Center perform on this podcast. Mendelssohns Quartet in E-flat Major and Francks Piano Quintet in F Minor complete the program.</p>

Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man, pipa
<p>Two-time Grammy nominee Wu Man performs on pipa (Chinese lute) with the Shanghai Quartet for Red Lantern by Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin, based on the soundtrack to Zhang Yimous Oscar-nominated film Raise the Red Lantern.  She and the quartet also perform Tan Duns seminal work, Ghost Opera. Completing the program are two pieces for &#8230;</p>

The Art of Afghan Music: Quraishi, rubab
<p>Enjoy music from Afghanistan as Quraishi performs on the rubāb. The twenty sympathetic strings of Afghanistans national instrument give this traditional lute a hauntingly beautiful sound. Quraishi performs folk melodies from across the country and Afghan classical music dating to nineteenth-century Kabul, when the citys rulers imported outstanding musicians from Lahore.</p>

Musical Gems of Arab Cinema
<p>Enjoy classic film music from the golden age of Arab cinema, the 1930s to the 1960s. Simon Shaheenperforms on the ud (Arab lute) and violin with Syrian vocalist Nadia Raies, ney (flute) master Bassam Saba, and an ensemble of qanun (Arab zither), violins, cello, and percussion. Recorded live in concert at the Freer|Sackler on June &#8230;</p>

Arab-Latin-Jazz Fusions: Simon Shaheen and Qantara
<p>Enjoy an invigorating blend of music from the worlds of jazz, Latin, and Arab traditions. Joining composer, violinist, and ud (Arab lute) virtuoso Simon Shaheen is a genre-crossing ensemble on ney (Arab flute), qanun (Arab zither), guitar, violin, cello, and percussion. Recorded live in concert at the Freer|Sackler on June 23, 2018.</p>

Musicians from Marlboro: Penderecki and Brahms
<p>Violinist Robin Scott, a member of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, joins four other participants in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival to perform Krzysztof Pendereckis String Trio and Johannes Brahms String Quintet, op. 88. He performs with violinist Tessa Lark, violists Rebecca Albers and Molly Carr, and cellist Marcy Rosen.</p>

Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble
<p>Hear new and traditional music for Japanese instruments performed by this ensemble of fourteen kotos with shamisen and shakuhachi. Based in New York, the Miyabi Ensemble extends the range of music for Japanese instruments through an array of innovative styles. Guest artists John Kaizan Neptune on shakuhachi, guitarist Michael Gilsinan, and percussionist Manny Arciniega join &#8230;</p>

Silkroad Ensemble: Musical Postcards from the Freer|Sackler
<p>The Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble gives the world premiere of a major new composition that Silkroad musicians, inspired by works of art on view in the galleries, wrote for the Freer|Sackler. Performing in this debut are Sandeep Das on tabla (Indian drums), Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Shaw Pong Liu on violin and erhu &#8230;</p>

Buddhist Music from Zhihua Temple
<p>Hear Buddhist music from seventeenth-century China as the Zhihua Buddhist Temple Ensemble performs on traditional ritual instruments. This six-person group features two members of the twenty-seventh generation of Zhihua musicians, a long-time artist with the Shanghai Peking Opera House Orchestra, and a former member of Yo-Yo Ma&#8217;s Silkroad Ensemble.</p>
Subodh Gupta: Terminal as installed in the Sackler gallery pavillion
Photo of detail, Disk (bi) with knobs, feline and dragon Ceremonial object

Gallery 19
detail, metalwork bird/drinking vessel
Five different imaging scans of the Cosmic Buddha
detail from a painting, F1902.22
detail, metalwork bird/drinking vessel

detail, the Peacock Room featuring The Princess painting
blue and white vases on gilded shelving in the green and blue peacock room
detail, fighting peacocks in the Peacock Room
Detail, Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen, F1904.75a image

Gallery 11
Visitors at the Freer entrance

Gallery 8