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Crescent Moon: An Afghan Heritage Performance

A night of traditional song and dance — with an experimental twist.

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Oakland singer-songwriter Krystle Ahmadyar is known for her vocal-driven solo project, Ruby Mountain, which pairs her soulful singing with ukulele and, occasionally, guitar and minimal electronic production. Since August, Ahmadyar has been the artist-in-residence at Studio Grand, where she has been developing new songs that fuse elements of her background in composing experimental electronic music at Mills College and playing Afghan folk songs with her father. Earlier this year, Ahmadyar visited Afghanistan for the first time, where she spent the majority of her visit with her extended family, listening to elders’ stories, singing traditional music, and taking field recordings. The next performance of her residency, Crescent Moon, pays homage to her heritage with a night of Afghan music and storytelling with an experimental bend. Her father, Fazal Ahmadyar, who is a singer and harmonium player, and percussionist Said Hashemi will join Ahmadyar on stage.

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