Music Across Borders, vol. 1:, Sahba Motallebi, Ryan Spearman Band

American Voices and KDHX present

Music Across Borders, vol. 1:

Sahba Motallebi

Ryan Spearman Band

Sat · October 21, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Tickets at the Door

Music Across Borders, vol. 1:
Music Across Borders, vol. 1:
American Voices and KDHX Community Media are proud to announce the first installment of MUSIC ACROSS BORDERS, a music and education series designed to enhance cultural understanding among peoples and nations. This event series brings American Voices' commitment to cultural exchange and collaboration to its hometown of St. Louis.

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The MUSIC ACROSS BORDERS program includes:

Performances and workshops at local schools
Workshops local musicians
Collaboration between the visiting artist and local musicians
Outreach to refugee / immigrant and other community groups for participation in workshops, performances, and community gatherings
Collaboration with local universities for panels, forums, and other opportunities for engagement

American Voices

For over 25 years, St. Louis-based American Voices has created some of the most intriguing cross-cultural exchange projects around the world. It has run performing arts academies in nine countries, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Sudan. It is currently putting together a Broadway revue tour in Pakistan, highlighting local performers adding their own South Asian twists to major contemporary musicals – Hamilton meets Bollywood. It has a long and admirable track record as the implementing partner of the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad Program, supporting American musicians as they tour over 140 countries while sharing the best and most beautiful of America’s diverse culture.

With Music Across Borders, the organization is bringing its passion for international music and cross-cultural encounters home to St. Louis.
Sahba Motallebi
Sahba Motallebi
" There is no rock guitarist, no oud player, possibly no musician anywhere in the world with such subtle yet fearsome chops on a fretted instrument.
— New York Music Daily
Sahba Motallebi is recognized internationally as a modern virtuoso of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world’s great musical traditions. She began studying music as a young girl in Sari, a small seaside city in the north of Iran.
In 1993, at the age of 14, her talent garnered her an invitation to begin studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. She flourished there, and was recognized as Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival four years running (1995-1998). After graduating from Conservatory in 1997, she helped found the groundbreaking women’s music ensemble Chakaveh, and in 1999 she was invited to join the Iranian National Orchestra, thus beginning her career as an international performer.
For the past decade, Sahba Motallebi has lived near Los Angeles, She continues to perform worldwide, and has released a series of noted books and recordings, the latest of which is 2014’s A Tear at the Crossroad of Time. Sahba is also recognized as an innovator in the teaching of Persian music; her pioneering efforts to put instructional materials on the internet and to teach students online have inspired something of a renaissance in the transmission of this ancient art form, and reflect her abiding commitment to bring the gift of music to her community and the world.
Ryan Spearman Band
Ryan Spearman Band
Ryan Spearman lives to share music. He's a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, author, podcaster, and promoter. He's also the co-founder of The Green Strum Project and the St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival.

Here's what St. Louis' Premier music magazine, The River Front Times, has to say about Ryan:

"Consider Ryan Spearman the jujitsu master of folk music. Whether selling out listening rooms as a solo artist or performing around St. Louis with formal and informal blues and old-time groups, he uses his considerable knowledge of folk material and unassailable skill on guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and fiddle to disarm any attempt to fix tradition in history books or on wax cylinders. Spearman's 2010 album, Live at the Chapel is no less than a clinic on how to update tradition without losing what makes mastering the old language worthwhile. His music speaks to the old spirits and teaches them a thing or two about contemporary life and song as well."

Spearman is an instructor at The Folk School of St. Louis where--for the last five years-- he has taught classes covering several traditional musical subjects including, clawhammer banjo, old time & bluegrass fiddle, guitar, jug band, improvisation, music theory, & old time ensemble performance.

He has also conducted numerous educational workshops across the United States including a recent 3-part presentation on "Traditional Songs and Fiddle Tunes of Missouri and the Midwest". The presentation was commissioned by the Missouri Artisans Alliance and co-conducted with banjoist and midwest fiddle tune historian, Sean Barth.

Ryan is a proud recipient ot the 2012 Earth Dance Farms Mission Award for his work exploring the connections between sutainability and music.

He has recently worked with The Muddy Waters Theater Company as a consultant in musical direction on their production of Eugene O' Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" in which he provided live musical performance and played a small role as a townperson/musician. He also scored, arranged, & performed the music for Muddy Water's subsequent production of O' Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night".

He has toured all over the United States and in France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. He has performed on the main stage of The Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO), The Northwest String Summit (North Plains, OR), High Sierra Music Festival (Quincy, CA), Kinfolk Festival (Lyons, CO), and The Thomas Hollow Songwriters Gathering (Exeter, MO), The Fayetteville Roots Festival (Fayetteville, AR), The Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO) , The Aggie Theater (Fort Collins, CO), and The Fox Theater (Boulder, CO), & The Sheldon Concert Hall (St. Louis, MO) just to name a few.

Currently Spearman is performing solo, with the newly formed duo, The Aching Hearts, and with The Ryan Spearman Band.
Venue Information:
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63103