by April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]


Greenway and Omari. (Image from Hemphill Fine Arts website)

This Wednesday evening, Hemphill Fine Arts will host a reception and performance by acclaimed tabla player Masood Omari and conceptual artist Abigail Adams Greenway.

The tabla is a percussion instrument consisting of two drums: one larger drum on the left, the bayan, and one smaller drum on the right, the dahina. It originated around 5,000 years ago in Northern India, and is now used in Hindustani music throughout southern Asia and Arab-speaking countries.

Omari and Greenway will play an original composition Omari wrote for the event. The piece combines elements from Western music and the classic style typically associated with tabla.

The performance is in conjunction with the current exhibition at Hemphill, “Rewilding,” by Julie Wolfe. Many of her works touch on themes such as “the fluid interdependence of life” and the interactions between humans and nature. The artist abandons the “anthropocentric viewpoint,” in which humans are the most important entity on earth, and encourages the viewer to do so as well.

The Details

  • Where: Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th Street NW, #300
  • When: Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

There is no registration or fee required to attend to the event, but seating is first-come, first-served.

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