The St. Stephen’s Global Ensemble, a touring chamber orchestra performing highly expressive and dramatic concerts of original music will perform with the award-winning Austin-based world music band ATASH at Carnegie Hall in New York City this Monday, April 23. The groups will be performing a four-part concert entitled “Global Harmony,” composed and arranged by Roberto Paulo Riggio and conducted by John Moon. Tickets may be purchased through CarnegieCharge (link here) or by calling (212) 247-7800. To see a recent performance, please click here. For more information on ATASH, please see http://www.atash.com.
The St. Stephen’s Global Ensemble includes student members of the orchestral and percussion programs at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Orchestra director and ATASH violinist, John Moon, leads this group through an eclectic program influenced by classical, blues, jazz, percussion, Mystic Sufi, Central and South American, South Indian and European musical traditions. As part of their mission, ATASH has always sought out opportunities to work with young people. St. Stephen’s, as an international day and boarding school, brings student from around the world together for a college preparatory education. Building on the values of global awareness, education and collaboration, John Moon, as orchestra director and ATASH member, brought these groups together to produce their successful European tour in March 2017. Trevor Detling, Director of St. Stephen’s Thunder Drums, and John Moon prepared the student musicians as they learned to perform these highly intricate rhythmic, melodic and formal compositions.
Voted “Best World Music Band” in Austin for six years straight, ATASH combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly and original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life. Music Director and founding member, Roberto Riggio, composed and arranged ATASH music for the band, with full orchestra and percussion. Mohammad Firoozi, founding member and front man, sings lyrics in Farsi and English based on the poetry of Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi mystic. ATASH has spread its message of love and peace on the east and west coasts, in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Taiwan, China, Spain and México, gaining legions of fans. They are truly the Austin ambassadors of world music.