“Brings together traditional Middle Eastern melodies with Indian rhythms. The 
area that turns me on is that marriage. It's a pretty unique concept.” - 
Philadelphia Inquirer

April 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Free children's program at 6:00

Crossroads Music
801 South 48th Street (in Calvary Church)

Tickets ($10-$30) and more info at www.crossroadsconcerts.org

Jaffna plays original acoustic music rooted in the Indian and Middle Eastern 
backgrounds of its members, who have worked for decades to create a musical 
universe where oud, guitar, tabla, and dumbek can live together, argue, eat and 
stay good friends.

The band features Roger Mgrdichian (oud, saz, cumbus), Raji Malik (guitar, 
sarod), Branavan Ganesan (tabla, kanjira), and Joe Tayoun (dumbek, riq, cajon). 
The easy description of their music points to the geographical heritage of the 
musicians, but that’s really just a starting point. Along with the strong 
Mid-East and Indian flavor come unmistakable flamenco, rock, Balkan and jazz 
influences, the result of jamming in and around the vibrant Philadelphia world 
music scene of the 1990s. 

In the early 2000s, Branavan moved to North Carolina, so chances to hear Jaffna 
in recent years have been few and far between. Fortunately, he’s recently moved 
back to Philly and they have developed a lot of new music for their first 
Crossroads — and West Philadelphia — show since 2005.
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