Eliyahu Sills and Qadim

Mystical music of the Near East finds its way to the Rogue Valley. Eliyahu Sills and Qadim will perform music from its new CD, "Songs of Qadim" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Mobius, 281 Fourth St., Ashland.

Qadim means 'Eastern wind.' The word is used both in Arabic and Hebrew to denote "ancient" as well as "that which will come." The band brings together Indian, Iranian, Jewish, Morrocan and Syrian musicians to make music that both celebrates the diversity of the region's people and their common musical heritage.

Boston native Eliyahu Sills has been studying and performing music for over 20 years. He studied upright bass and jazz and later both the ney, the reed flute of the Middle East, and the bansuri, the bamboo flute of India.

Since it was formed in 2006 Qadim has specialized in music inspired by ancient mystical music of the Near East. Its members are: multipercussionist Jason Ranjit Parmar; oud (Arabic lute) player and singer Rachel Valfer, equally comfortable in Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic and Farsi; Syrian-born Faisal Zedan who plays Arabic percussion; Bouchaib Abdelhadi, a native of Casablanca, Morocco, who is a multi-instrumentalist (oud, Moroccan violin, percussion) and a vocalist; and Evan Fraser, from Orcas Island, Washington, who is a multi-instrumentalist.

The group's CD features both original compositions and traditional songs of longing for and love of the divine.

Tickets are $15 in advance and for students and $18 at the door.

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