Eliyahu & Qadim

Eliyahu Qadim will return to Ashland to perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland. Qadim, a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew, means "ancient past" as well as "that which will come."

Led by Eliyahu Sills, the San Francisco Bay Area-based group was formed in 2006 and specializes in music inspired by music from Arabic, Armenian, Indian, Iranian, Jewish and Moroccan traditions. The cross-cultural group promotes peace by celebrating the common musical heritage of the embattled region's ancient spiritual cultures.

The show will feature Sills on the Middle Eastern reed flute (ney), Indian bamboo flute (bansuri), Turkish lute (saz), and vocals; Rachel Valfer on vocals, Middle Eastern lute (oud) and Persian stick fiddle (kemanche); Faisal Zedan on Arabic percussion (darbukkah, riqq, and frame drum) and vocals; and John Villa on Indian tablas and frame drums.

The group's Ashland concert will be the first following the return of various members to the U.S. after travels to the Middle East, where Sills currently studies in Turkey, Villa in Morocco, and Zedan in Egypt. Valfer, in California, has been performing with musicians from Iran.

Tickets are $12-18. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at Temple Emek Shalom or at the Music Coop, Ashland. Tickets at the door will be sold on a sliding scale of $12-$18.

Call 488-2909.

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