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Eliyahu and Qadim comes to Ashland

Musician and peacemaker Eliyahu Sills announces the first-ever Ashland performance of Eliyahu Qadimat 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at The Mobius, 281 Fourth St.

In January, Eliyahu announced plans for Qadim to record a new song set with renowned world remix producer and composer Jef Stott, and celebrated Arabic percussionist Faisal Zedan joined the group.

Qadim, or "Eastern wind," is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning "that which precedes" as well as "that which will come." The group specializes in recording and performing modern interpretations of and original compositions inspired by ancient mystical music of the Near East. Since first forming in 2006, the group has quickly built a standing room only following throughout the Bay Area and beyond by bringing together Indian, Iranian, Jewish, Moroccan and Syrian musicians to celebrate the common musical and spiritual heritage of the now troubled region's ancient cultures.

Led by Boston-born, Berkeley-based neyzen and bassist Eliyahu Sills, Qadim now consists of Jason Ranjit Parmar on frame drums and tablas, Rachel Valfer on oud and vocals, Eliyahu Sills on ney, bansuri, saz and vocals, and new member Faisal Zedan on Arabic percussion.