Just got back from a fantastic concert of Persian, Armenian and Arabic music by the Salaam Ensemble, right here in Ojai. Led by the multi-talented John Zeretzke, these world-class players assembled a couple of years ago at the request of the Music Center of Los Angeles and have since performed in concert and also in schools throughout Southern California.

I was riveted by the consummate artistry, virtuosity, commitment, versatility, sensitivity and the infectious joy of these players. Nothing I could say right now could adequately capture the experience. Apparently, there’s a CD in the works. I’ll be first in line.

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