Wesleyan's year-long Music and Public Life series offers up Voices of Afghanistan as its inaugural event, featuring ghazals by virtuosic master vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, sawol-jawab ("questions and answers") by rubâb (lute) shredder Homayoun Sakhi, and music by members of the Sakhi Ensemble (Khalil Ragheb on harmonium, Zmarai Aref on Afghan tabla, Abbos Kosimov on frame drum and Pervez Sakhi on flute). This is a supergroup, a summit of the best Afghan musicians in North America, and it's not that far away. A promising start to a musical series that should enrich many lives.
Voices of Afghanistan
Sept. 28, 8 p.m., pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. by Wesleyan professor Mark Slobin, $6-$22, Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown, (860) 685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa.