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Common Chords Returns to SDSU

SDSU Jewish Studies Program and the Daniel Pearl Foundation collaborate on an evening of music.
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The sounds of klezmer, Arabic and Sufi music will fill Smith Recital Hall as Common Chords returns at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at San Diego State University.
 
The concert, which is free and open to the public, explores the shared roots of Islamic, Hindu and Jewish Music.
 
Cross-cultural performances 
 
The performance features Jewish Studies program artist-in-residence Yale Strom with Persian pop star Hamed Nikpay, Indian tabla player Samir Chatterjee and percussionist Sunny Jain, recognized as a leading voice in the emerging South Asian-American jazz movement.
 
Strom’s band Hot Pstromi will also perform.
 
In addition to Common Chords, there will be an opening program performed by the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra, poetry readings from different cultures and faiths by students and faculty, and the premiere of a new dance piece  “Nineveh by way of Haifa” choreographed by John Malashock to an original composition which Strom composed for this purpose.
 
Collaboration efforts  
 
This event is part of the Jewish Studies Program’s Initiative for Moral Courage and will be a featured concert for the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Ruth and Judea Pearl will be in attendance to introduce the ensemble.
 
Daniel Pearl World Music Days was created in response to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of extremists in Karachi, Pakistan. Daniel's family and friends came together to work toward a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
 
The mission of the foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communications.
 
For more information, call the Jewish Studies Program at 619-594-5185.