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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 – £16.00
Under 26s – £12.50
Students – £7.00
Jobseekers – £5.00
Carers / Under 16s – £0.00

Some tickets will be available on the door for this performance. Please contact Summerhall Box Office for more details.

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Call 0131 560 1580
Visit the Summerhall Box Office at 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1QH

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

Summerhall – “One of the world’s great arts venues.” (Mark Cousins, The Guardian 2014) – is a venue for diverse programmes of visual and performing arts.


This event takes place on the first floor. If you require lift access, the venue recommends that you contact them directly to make arrangements – please call the box office, or email  info@summerhall.co.uk.

For full details on venue accessibility and parking at Summerhall, please visit their website here.

Delve deeper

Read: Interview with Keyvan Chemirani
Read: Continental Drift event programme (PDF)
Listen: Continental Drift Youtube playlist
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Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Mar 2019 at 3:30 pm

1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom