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Richmond musician joins others in free summer pop-up concert

Free concert in Mount Pleasant Park.
Music on Main is having a free summer concert in Vancouver.

A Richmond musician is taking part in a free summer concert pop-up series that is happening Tuesday and next week.

Ali Razmi, a tar and setar player, is performing on his stringed instrument alongside Saina Khaledi, Ali Sajjadi, Sharanjeet Singh Mand and Sunny Matharu on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Park in Vancouver.

Summer pop-up concerts presented by Music on Main started as a way to share free outdoor live music during the pandemic and have since turned into an annual event.

Razmi has performed across the globe, including in Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Turkey, Canada and the U.S. His music has also been used in Amar Chebib's 2012 Sufi documentary about traditional Arabic music in Syria.

He has also been promoting Persian music since 2008 among Western and Eastern musicians through several workshops and compositions as a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra.

Community members are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy the concerts.

Other days the concert is taking place include:

Wednesday, August 16 
The Marko-Paolo Quartet (Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Calvin Dyck, violin and accordion; Krystal Morrison, clarinet; and Mark Beaty, bass)

Monday, August 21
Sitka String Quartet (Jennie Press and Karen Gerbrecht, violins; Emilie Grimes, viola; Olivia Blander, cello)

Tuesday, August 22
Katie Rife & Friends

Wednesday, August 23
Orchid Ensemble

All concerts will be held at Mount Pleasant Park at 3161 Ontario St.