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Shangri La Presents: ASADI & XYE

Apr 20, 2024 • 6:00 PM

9:00 PM

Join us in the Sculpture Garden for performances by Shangri La Artist-in-Residence, ASADI, featuring XYE and Taimane! Admission is free!

About the Artists

ASADI

ASADI is a Persian American Electronic Music Producer & Performance Artist from Columbus, Ohio. He is known for his rare SWANA influence and impressive performance ability. In the studio, his knowledge in the land of Persian composition uniquely activates a sense of timelessness that the world can resonate with, and his instruments play a strong role in illustrating such emotion. They include the Persian setar, Persian tar, Persian daf, and Italian mandolin. He brings these delicate sounds to life when performed with his drum machine, in which he effortlessly triggers his entire rhythm section completely live on 16 electronic pads. ASADI’s artistry derived from a lifetime passion in writing songs, first learning piano at the age of five. In high school, his parents gifted him with a drum pad and some Persian instruments he never knew existed. This flipped a switch and birthed the 10-year voyage to who he is today. From his diligent hustle on social media, from a thousand hours of perfecting his craft live, and from the constant desire to create truly extraordinary music, a precious die-hard following has inevitably grown to represent the sound of ASADI Worldwide.

XYE

Xye emerges as a pioneering figure at the nexus of music and fine art. A luminary in both domains, she seamlessly transitions from the canvas as a gifted still life painter to leaving an indelible mark on VR's most prominent AAA games, from Stress Level Zero’s “BoneLab” to Ubisoft's upcoming The Rouge Prince of Persia. As a first-generation immigrant of Greek, Russian, and Armenian descent, her music and art reflect the rich tapestry of her heritage, weaving tales of grief, war, love, and the quest for meaning in life. This summer, Xye embarks on her first world tour, spanning 25 cities, where she will unveil her highly anticipated solo debut album, "The Kingdom Of Xye." A master fusion of genre-bending Dark, Classical, and Electronic sounds. Fueled by a passion to inspire change, provoke thought, and amplify the boundless potential of women, Xye continues to redefine the landscape of music and fine art with what is possible if you dare to dream.

Taimane

Virtuoso and songwriter, Taimane, is best known for her fierce and inventive style of playing the ukulele helping the hapa Samoan (part caucasian and part indigenous Samoan) artist earn four Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and garner over 50 million video views and nearly 500,000 social media followers to date. Hailing from a musical Polynesian family including her late mother, Palepa Tauiliili Gardner (Miss Samoa 1978), Taimane’s attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 5. By age 10, she regularly performed in public, busking in Waikiki every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home & workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a position in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world and has carved out a unique niche in music – merging a wide-array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, summoning a seemingly limitless palette of emotions via an instrument previously viewed as restricted.

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