Al-Firdaus Ensemble Benefit Concert

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Al-Firdaus Ensemble Benefit Concert

Join Bayan and The Majlis to enjoy a lovely evening of diverse musical traditions performed by Al-Firdaus Ensemble from Granada, Spain.

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Garrison Theatre | Scripps College 231 E 10th Street Claremont, CA 91711

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  • 4 hours
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Bayan Islamic Graduate School is proud once again to host Sidi Ali Keeler and the Al-Firdaus Ensemble for a Southern California benefit concert, in partnership with The Majlis. The event promises to be a unique and rare opportunity to appreciate diverse musical traditions from East and West, rooted in faith, love of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), and a spirit of human dignity and upliftment for all people.

The vocal and musical performances will feature compositions and songs from the ensemble's newly-released album called Shifa. In addition, a brief informative presentation on Music, Poetry and Cultural Production in the Islamic Tradition will be given by Shaykh Jamaal Diwan, and additional comments framing the program will be offered by Shaykh Fouad Elgohari (representing Bayan and The Majlis) and others.


  • 6-6:45pm Check-in / Light refreshments
  • 7:00pm Program and Performance begins
  • 8:30pm Intermission
  • 8:45pm Performance continues
  • 9:45pm Program concludes


Al Firdaus Ensemble was founded in 2012 by the English violinist and singer Ali Keeler, and is based in Granada, Spain. The group takes its inspiration from the word Firdaus, which is the Arabic name (of Persian origin) for the most elevated abode in Paradise.

The intercultural nature of this name reflects the character of the group in which musicians from different countries and cultural backgrounds are brought together with one purpose - to tune their hearts to receive the inspiration of the moment and transmit that to the audience. The traditional Arabic term for this kind of music is sama` which could be translated as “the art of listening.”

The unique sound of their music is due to a synthesis of different musical styles. These include original compositions of a more Western classical character with influences from both Celtic and Flamenco traditions, and new arrangements of songs drawn from the rich heritage of traditional sufi music from Arabic, Andalusi and Turkish sources. The words of the songs are mainly in Arabic drawn from the poetry of the great sufis from Al Andalus and the Arab world such as Ibn Arabi and Al Shushtari. Also within their repertoire are musical adaptations of poems in aljamiado (old Spanish written by the Moriscos using the Arabic script). They use a combination of Arabic and Western classical instruments in addition to the flamenco guitar, and have a range of singers, some of whom are soloists and others who sing in the choruses. They have performed in concerts and international festivals throughout Europe, Bosnia, the U.S., Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, and Malaysia.

This event is graciously hosted at the beautiful and historic Garrison Theatre by the Muslim Life program at the McAlister Center, Claremont Colleges, with thanks to Muslim Life Coordinator Shaila Andrabi. The event is supported in part by a grant from the Marian and Charles Holmes Performing Arts Fund, which was established "to assure the production and presentation of new or unusual performance in drama, music or dance" at The Claremont Colleges.

Tickets are non-refundable after Feb. 5 (the service charge from Eventbrite will not be refunded). If you are unable to attend after that date, your ticket price will be marked as a donation to Bayan Islamic Graduate School (and can be tax-deductible). Bayan's Tax ID # is 46-2431099.

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