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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 – £15.00
Under 26s – £12.50
Students – £7.00
Jobseekers – £5.00
Carers / Under 16s – £0.00

Some tickets will be available on the door for tonight’s concert.

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Call 0141 353 8000
Visit The Glasgow Concert Halls box office at 2 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3NY

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

SWG3 is a multi-disciplinary arts venue located in the Finnieston area of Glasgow’s West End. There are different performance spaces within the SWG3 complex; for Continental Drift, we will be performing in the Galvaniser’s Yard. This is a large indoor space on the ground floor. The event will be fully seated, with a bar and toilet facilities.

Parking and accessibility

Metered parking is available on two neighbouring streets, Eastvale Place and Kelvinhaugh Street. Please see the SWG3 website for a map and recommendations for public transport.

There is a number of blue badge parking spaces available. If you would like to reserve a space, please call SWG3 on 0141 337 1731. The venue space is on the ground floor, and is fully accessible. If you’d like to discuss any access or assistance needs, please call the venue or the Scottish Ensemble office team on 0141 332 4747.


Delve deeper

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