An evening concert of music and poetry of the Near East, and the Tradition of the Magi, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Anderson Youth & Community Center, St. Luke’s Darien, 1864 Post Road. The concert will feature Amir Vahab and Ensemble.

Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated composer/vocalists of Sufi and Near Eastern music, an annnouncement said. Singing in multiple languages and performing on ancient instruments — explained as the evening unfolds — such as the barbat, ney, daf and tanbour, he weaves together songs set to 13th-, 14th-century poetry from Rumi, Hafiz and Yunus Emre.

His repertoire is grounded in traditional Persian poetry and music long known for its power to transport the listener to spiritual states through melody, improvisation, rhythm and meter, the announcement said. Described by the New York Times as an “ambassador for a silenced music, ” Vahab seeks to teach and preserve this music as part of the global heritage.

Since 1981,Vahab has composed eclectic music for theater, film and performed for several television and radio stations in the United States. His performances have been recognized worldwide.

Tickets are $10 online at Eventbrite https://bit

.ly/2Zq0uUn, at the door or may be reserved by calling the front desk at St. Luke’s: 203-655-1456.