Rumi Ensemble

Rumi Ensemble, established in 2007, is led by Javid Afsari Rad, who, besides composing and arranging the music, plays the Persian santur. The ensemble is named for the 13th-century Persian poet, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, who lived in Iran and who continues to exert an enormous influence on Persian culture to this very day. The rhythmic aspect is a central element in Rumi’s poems, and Javid incorporates this rhythmic energy and vitality into his music. Contrast is a vital ingredient of musical expression in this ensemble, as it moves from passages quiet and meditative to segments brimming with energy and intensity. Rumi Ensemble features some of the leading musicians within the Persian and Western classical music traditions. The ensemble, which has collaborated with a number of distinguished Iranian musicians, composers, and dancers, has a nucleus of six musicians, but can vary in size from trio on up.

Rumi Ensemble consists of:
Javid Afsari Rad   santur
Sara Övinge   violin
Tove Margrethe Erikstad   cello
Habib Meftah Boushehri   percussion
Harpreet Bansal  violin
Minna Eline Fors   violin