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Composer: Tabassian, Kiya (b. 1976)

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Year of birth1976
Period20th century
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When East meets West: Sinha Danse with Constantinople perform Sunya

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The lights come up on a stage presided over by three planets watching silently from above. Kiya Tabassian, founder of the musical group Constantinople, enters slowly from the left, with his setar (a type of Persian lute), while Roger Sinha, artistic director and choreographer of Sinha Danse, enters from the right.
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