Come to the Freight tonight and the world will come to you – in the
form of music from Ireland, Ethiopia, India, and beyond. Treat yourself
to enchanting harp performances, the soulful sound of the kora, and
traditional Hindustani ragas – all for the benefit of an important
cause, to preserve and perpetuate the endangered culture of Tibet.
Diana Stork is a Berkeley harpist of international renown who has
performed for such diverse groups as the Lines Contemporary Ballet, the
Maihar Orchestra of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, and the Peace Ceremony of
Thich Nhat Hahn at Grace Cathedral. Harpist Diana Rowan combines
exquisite classical technique with a full immersion into folk traditions
as far-ranging as her native Ireland, Eastern Europe, and Persia, the
original birthplace of the harp. Bay Area native Portia Diwa plays
traditional Celtic, Latin, and classical music as well as her own
originals on a 36-string neo-Celtic lever harp and a 26-string
Daniel Berkman, based in San Francisco, plays guitar and kora, a
21-string West African lute, delving deeply into the traditional music
of Senegal, Gambia, and Mali as well as composing his own other-worldly
originals. Teed Rockwell is a professor at Sonoma State, a music critic
for India Currents, and a devoted student of the Hindustani raga, which
he performs on an instrument called the Touchstyle Veena, a guitar-like
fretboard played by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands.
Omkar Bhave will accompany Teed on tabla.
All proceeds go to the Tibetan Aid Project’s effort to produce and
distribute thousands of important books to Tibetan refugees throughout
Asia, leading not only to increased literacy but also to the
strengthening of Tibet’s cultural and spiritual heritage.
One string vibrates. Many hearts resonate. Please join us at the Freight for an evening of beautiful vibrations.