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Continental Drift

Fusing Eastern and Western classical music and improvisation with virtuosic Persian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani and friends

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Standard – £12.00
Under 26s – £10.50
Students – £7.00
Jobseekers – £5.00
Carers / Under 16s – £0.00

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Call the Dundee City Box Office on 01382 434 940
Visit in person at 16 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BG

What happens when you blend the music of the old European masters with the breathless virtuosity of contemporary Persia and the Mediterranean?

Keyvan Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani and Sokratis Sinopoulos are exceptional musicians: intuitive, agile, inventive. Together they explore the connections between the music of Baroque Europe and the Eastern musical traditions of the same era; the results are astonishing, shedding new light on history, music and our perceptions of both.

For Continental Drift, they’ll join five Scottish Ensemble musicians for a performance bonding east and west, learning and improvisation, intuition and precision, freedom and control. Seated close to the action, this is a chance not only to experience the impressive mastery of multiple instruments at close quarters, but to enter a brand new sound world, created next to you, in real time; a world of melodic warmth, rhythmic verve, playful energy and exotic flair.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Keyvan Chemirani learnt the zarb (Persian drum) at the hand of his father, the internationally-renowned zarb virtuoso Djamchid Chemirani, and with whom they still perform as part of the Chemirani Ensemble. For this concert, Keyvan and Bijan will play the zarb whilst their friend and collaborator Sokratis Sinopoulos takes up the lyra fiddle, a small bowed instrument from Greece.

About the Venue

At nearly 200 years old, HMS Unicorn is one of the world’s most remarkable historic ships and preserved as a museum and visitor attraction in Dundee.

Accessibility and Parking

Please note that the performance space is up a set of 9-10 steps. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch with the Scottish Ensemble office (email susannah.mack@scottishensemble.co.uk or call 0141 332 4747) and we will be very happy to help.

There are limited parking bays dockside before reaching the ship and just after.  Please note that a fee applies and there may be time restrictions.  Parking is also available in the large car park on the north side of Victoria Dock, a short walk through the City Quay Centre and over the bridge walkway.

You can also find out more about potential access restrictions by visiting the HMS Frigate website.

Delve deeper

Read: Interview with Keyvan Chemirani
Read: Continental Drift event programme (PDF)
Listen: Continental Drift Youtube playlist
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HMS Unicorn, Dundee

Thu 14 Mar 2019 at 7:30 pm

Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP United Kingdom