Ashmont Hill concert to explore musical roots from Delhi to Damascus

Tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble will perform in concert at Dorchester’s Peabody Hall on Feb. 17.

Sandeep Das, a Grammy Award-winning member of the Silkroad Ensemble, will lead a performance at Peabody Hall in Ashmont on Sun., Feb. 17. The concert is part of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series and will celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage shared by India and Syria in Das’ latest project with the thrilling HUM Ensemble.

Das established himself as India’s top Tabla maestro and is one of the unique Indian classical musicians who has collaborated and performed with and composed for major symphony orchestras, string quartets, and jazz musicians with regularly featured concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, and Royal Albert Hall. His collaboration with Yo Yo Ma on the famed ‘Silk Road Ensemble’  inspired him to form the HUM Ensemble as a way to create a common platform for artists of the highest caliber from across the world to share their music, tradition and heritage and facilitate an interaction among them.

Das will joined be by Syrian oud master Issam Rafea, Indian vocalist and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan, and sitar player Rajib Karmakar to explore centuries of classical and folk music that emerged along the winding trade road from Jaisalmer in India to Damascus in Syria.

 Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $18 for students and $3 for EBT card holders ar the door. Children under 13 will be admitted free.

The mission of Ashmont Hill Chamber Music is to build community through the shared experience of music.  The organixation grew out of informally organized house concerts in the Ashmont Hill neighborhood of Dorchester starting in the 1970s. They now present concerts of world-class chamber music in the acoustically beautiful venue of Peabody Hall, as well as the sanctuary of All Saints’ Church in Dorchester.  For more information visit