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Coquitlam musicians showcased at Vancouver park for summer concert

Coquitlam musicians Saina Khaledi and Ali Sajjadi are highlighted at Vancouver pop-up show in August.
Saina Khaledi and Ali Sajjadi. | Photo by Jan Gates

Two Coquitlam musicians will showcase their talents at a free summer show in Vancouver.

Saina Khaledi and Ali Sajjadi are part of an ensemble called Saaz o Raaz, which performs on Aug. 15 at Mount Pleasant Park (West 16th Ave. at Ontario Street).

Their pop-up concert that also includes Ali Razmi, Shanranjeet Singh Mand and Sunny Matharu begins at 6:30 p.m.

A santour instructor at Capilano University, Khaledi was named the winner of the Iranian Santour Festival in 2003.

She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Tehran Music University and has played around the world — as a soloist or in groups, such as the Vashaan Ensemble, Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, BC Chinese Music Ensemble and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Started during the COVID-19 pandemic by Music on Main and supported by The Lloyd Carr–Harris Foundation, the Summer Pop-Up Concerts series aims to bring music to all ages in an urban space.

Attendees are invited to bring friends and a picnic. Here’s the line-up:

  • Aug. 14: Raincity Quartet (Brooklyn Wood and Yiyi Hsu, violins; Alex Beggs, viola; and Bruno Quezada, cello)
    • Food truck: Planted
  • Aug. 15: Saaz o Raaz
    • Food truck: Dos Amigos
  • Aug. 16: Paolo Bortolussi (flute); Calvin Dyck (violin and accordion); Krystal Morrison (clarinet); and Mark Beaty (bass)
    • Food truck: Takenaka
  • Aug. 21: Sitka String Quartet (Jennie Press and Karen Gerbrecht, violins; Emilie Grimes, viola; and Olivia Blander, cello)
    • Food truck: Planted
  • Aug. 22: Katie Rife and Friends
    • Food truck: Dos Amigos
  • Aug. 23: Orchid Ensemble (Lan Tung, erhu and vocals; Dailin Hsieh, zheng; and Jonathan Bernard, percussion)
    • Food truck: Shameless Buns

Music on Main has offered more than 700 concerts and events for the public since it started 17 years ago.

Visit for more details.

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