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Award-winning Constantinople will be performing Harrison May 15.












n Saturday, May 5th, The Harrison Festival Society will be presenting the transporting and virtuosic music of one of Canada’s busiest and most acclaimed world music ensembles, Constantinople.

Constantinople, formed in Montreal in 1998, comprises Kiya Tabassian (voice, setar), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba) and Ziya Tabassian (tombak, percussion).


Where: Harrison Memorial Hall -  98 Rockwell Drive

When: 8pm Saturday, May 5

Doors: will open at 7:30pm

Tickets: harrisonfestival.com, 604-796-3554, Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart


The concert will begin at  inside the Harrison Memorial Hall. Tickets are available at  by calling 


The ensemble is rooted in the exquisite and delicate art of Persian classical music, but was created to bridge between cultures, and to explore connections between different traditions.

“This is a concert for those who want to revel in music that is uplifting, deep, and often subtle,” says artistic director Andy Hillhouse. “These are highly accomplished musicians from different traditions – Persian, European, and West African - who have found common ground between their styles, and have developed a beautiful collaboration.”


Over the years the ensemble has collaborated many artists from Mexico, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, India, China, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Joining Constantinople here is Senegalese kora player, singer and composer Ablaye Cissoko, who hails from a line of Mandinka griots, the hereditary musicians of his homeland. The project’s conceptual “itinerant garden” cultivates a spiritual communion wherein Persian strains (the Tabassians were born in Tehran) engage West African and Western classical elements on mutual aural terrain. Viola and percussion underpin the kora, setar and voice, fostering a deferential exchange that conjures sonic beauty through graceful simplicity.


About the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.

harrisonfestival.com │ 604.796.3664 │ info@harrisonfestival.com Box 399, 98 Rockwell Dr, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0


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