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Land of Kush: Sand Enigma WORLD PREMIERE – Music Gallery

918 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5
Phone: (416) 204-1080

Artistic and programming inquiries

Sanjeet Takhar, Artistic Director

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David Dacks, Executive Director


Land of Kush: Sand Enigma WORLD PREMIERE

Music Gallery Productions in Series

The Music Gallery and Aga Khan Museum present
Land of Kush: Sand Enigma WORLD PREMIERE
part of the Departures series

Tickets are available at https://ticketing.agakhanmuseum.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=9000

Music Gallery members, please contact david@musicgallery.org for the member discount code.

Shuttle bus tickets are available for purchase together with seating for this performance at the “Buy Tickets” button at the event page:


Upon adding tickets to your cart you will be prompted to purchase shuttle tickets. If you have already purchased tickets to the concert and would like to purchase shuttle tickets, click the following link. 


The shuttle will be departing 918 Bathurst St. at 6 pm, and the return shuttle will depart from Aga Khan Museum at 10 pm, back to 918 Bathurst St.

Of all the projects assembled by Montreal/Cairo-based multi-instrumentalist Sam Shalabi, the large ensemble Land of Kush is the grandest. Veering from large scale free improvisation to intricately written ensemble interplay, Land of Kush combines strings, horns, woodwinds, multiple percussionists, bassists, guitarists, numerous vocalists and electronics with Shalabi’s signature brilliance on oud. Membership of Land of Kush has been a kaleidoscope of Montreal musicians (many associated with Constellation Records) over the years, but this version features two special guests – producer/multi-instrumentalist Maurice Louca and singer/electronic musician Nadah El Shazly  – who have travelled from Cairo especially for this occasion.

The Music Gallery is thrilled to partner with the Aga Khan Museum to present the world premiere of Land Of Kush’s new work Sand Enigma, along with Shalabi playing an opening solo set. The Aga Khan Museum’s concert hall is one of Toronto’s great acoustic spaces and is an ideal venue in which to present this large ensemble. We want to make sure getting to the museum is straightforward, so we’ll be running a shuttle to and from downtown (check our website for updates) before and after the show. Make some time before the show to enjoy the museum, too: the ticket price gives you access to the Museum’s permanent collections. Stick around afterwards, too, for a post-concert meet-and-greet with the artists. This will be a unique, unforgettable evening.


maya kuroki -vocals
nadah el shazly -vocals
elizabeth anka viagic -vocals
katie moore-vocals
elizabeth lima-clarinet ,vocals
amir amiri-santur
devin brahja waldman-alto sax
adam kinner – tenor sax
jason sharp-bari sax
dave gossage-flute
dina cindric-piano
alexandre st onge-electronics ,voice
maurice louca-synth,keyboards
anthony seck-setar/lap steel guitar
sarah page-harp
jonah fortune-bass
pat conan-drums
mark molnar-cello
ivan bamford -percussion
michel bonneau-percussion
vicky mettler-electric guitar
gen heistek-viola
sam shalabi-ud

Ticket price includes same-day Museum admission.
RSVP: Facebook

Thank you to J. Alexander Smith/the Laidlaw Foundation and Mophradat for their generous support.


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