The Qadim Ensemble plays Northeast State Feb. 19

Get a blast of beautifully hypnotic Near East music when The Qadim Ensemble visits Northeast State Community College on Feb. 19 for a one-night-only show.

The Qadim (pronounced kah-deem) Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville.  Admission is free and all are welcomed to enjoy this enchanting musical group.

The Qadim Ensemble
The Qadim Ensemble

Led by Eliyahu Sills, the Ensemble consists of Rachel Valfer on the oud instrument and lead vocals, Faisal Zedan on Arabic percussion instruments such as the darbukkah, riqq & daf, and Geri Hegedus on Turkish baglama saz, divan saz, persian setar, and oud.

Known for his authenticity and soulful musicianship, Sills has been performing music for over 20 years on multiple instruments, including bansuri (the bamboo flute of India), and Turkish and Arabic ney (the traditional reed flute of the Middle East), the upright bass, and electric bass. He has performed and recorded with Ethiopian born jazz/soul vocalist Meklit Hadero, world music with Rupa & the April Fishes, and devotional music with the artist Shimshai.

“Qadim” is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew languages meaning ‘ancient” as well as ‘that which will come.’  The ensemble’s repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region’s cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them.

The San Francisco-based band has attracted a growing global audience who are responding to their authentic musicianship and timely message of peace and cross-cultural appreciation. Their latest release entitled Songs of the Reed features the ancient sounds of the ney in simple, pure form. Their CD, Eastern Wind, received rave reviews worldwide, reaching #7 on Billboard’s World Music charts.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or visit

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