GAO HONG and ISSAM RAFEA CD Release Concert

The Cedar and KFAI Present

GAO HONG and ISSAM RAFEA CD Release Concert

Wed, April 25, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots

Minneapolis, MN

$20 Advance / $25 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Gao Hong and Issam Rafea
Gao Hong and Issam Rafea
Both the Arabic lute, the oud, and the Chinese four-stringed lute, the pipa, originated from the same ancient instrument - the Persian barbat. Though the pipa has been altered considerably throughout its 2000-year history, it originally resembled the 5,000-year old oud and is thought to have been introduced to China through the Silk Road. Syrian oud master Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong instantly bonded when first met. They immediately committed to recording and performing together. They began improvising music that was so cohesive it seemed as if they had worked together for years. Both Issam and Gao Hong are wonderful composers, and this helps each anticipate what the other will do in their improvisations. Since they only play improvisations, no two performances are ever exactly the same. In concerts, the duo asks for titles from audience members and then creates instantaneous site-and audience-specific pieces based on the suggested titles. Their music sounds both ancient and strikingly modern at the same time. It is neither Chinese nor Arabic, but something fresh and new that only they can produce. Both musicians are immigrants as well, and the performances are ones that immigrants from any culture can enjoy and relate to.

Their CD will be released worldwide on April 27, 2018. CDs will be available for purchase at The Cedar show.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
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  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
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