Educational Tours

America’s most celebrated qawwali party
— Chronogram, 2016
I was completely swept away!
— NPR Music, 2015
 The ensemble's interpretation of "South Asian gospel music" (qawwali) transcends religion and other fictitious, man-made boundaries.

The ensemble's interpretation of "South Asian gospel music" (qawwali) transcends religion and other fictitious, man-made boundaries.

In collaboration with museums and academic institutions, Riyaaz Qawwali plans state and regional tours performing qawwali as well as conducting lecture-demonstrations. The goals of the Educational Tours are to:

  • showcase the qawwali musical heritage

  • experience the authentic and traditional performance with English commentary

  • explore the poetry used in the qawwali genre

  • understand the cultural context of this and other under-represented folk art forms of South Asia

Tours currently being planned:

  1. Massachusetts- September 2018. This includes a University engagement.

  2. Pennsylvania- October 2018. This includes a University engagement.

Completed Tours:

  1. New York - November 2014. This included concerts at two prominent universities in Manhattan.

  2. Lost Angeles- June 2015. This included concerts at a music festival in Santa Barbara.

  3. New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania- October 2015. This included a music festival, Richmond Elementary School, a university, a residency at a Pennsylvania college.

  4. New York- March 2016. This included a University of Rochester engagements and concert at The Garrison Institute.

  5. California- April 2016. This included concerts at the prominent Getty Museum in LA.

  6. Louisiana- April 2016. This included concerts at the Festival International de Louisiane.

  7. New York, New Jersey- August 2016. This included public and benefit concerts.

  8. Ohio- October 2016. This included concerts at Oberlin University.

  9. Florida- March 2017. This included a concert at a music festival.

  10. Florida- August 2017. This included a concert at a major museum.

  11. Texas- November 2017. This included a University engagement.

  12. New Hampshire- January 2018. This included a University engagement.

  13. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas- March 2018. This included 3 concerts at Penn State, Kenyon College & UH Clear Lake.

  14. Illinois- April 2018. This include a concert at prominent university in Chicago.

  15. Texas- May 2018. This included a museum engagement.

  16. Montana- July 2018. This included a music festival.

  17. Texas- August 2018. This includes a university engagement.