Performance: Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily in "Love In Exile":

Date: October 07, 2023
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
Cost: Adult Tickets (based on seat location): • Category A: $55.00 • Category B: $40.00 • Category C: $20.00

Students with ID and Youth 18 & Under: $10.00

Description: The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents the performance "Love In Exile" featuring Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

Three accomplished musicians forge a singular voice incorporating their distinct backgrounds and vast histories of collaboration. Spellbinding vocalist Arooj Aftab is the first Pakistani American to win a Grammy; MacArthur "genius" Vijay Iyer is an influential pianist; and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bassist Shahzad Ismaily has performed with Lou Reed and Tom Waits. Together, they create timeless, one-of-a-kind performances of haunting collaborative soundscapes. Aftab describes the project as "about self-exile, and the search for freedom and identity, and finding it through love and music."

Jazz, world music, and experimentation unite in a heavenly transformation. Both ancient and modern, the music weaves an environment of suspended tones, creating a hypnotic cocoon of sound. Aftab’s warm, immersive voice is rich and haunting, imparting a state of relaxation. This profound evening will sweep the audience up in a world of sound.

Individually, their accolades are substantial, but the marvel here is how ego disappears as the three players merge to create a singular, gorgeous sound.

Adults tickets range from $20.00-$55.00 and tickets for Virginia Tech student tickets with ID and youth ages 18 & under are $10.00 each.

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The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is located at 330 Turner Street NW in Blacksburg, VA.

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