Fri, September 7, 2012 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
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Kicking off Alwan's fall season, the Alwan Arab Music Ensemblepresents a lively program weaving together folk, popular and art music of the Arab world, highlighting styles and repertoire from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Egypt. The Alwan Ensemble will feature:
George Ziadeh – voice and oud
Amir ElSaffar – santur, trumpet, and voice
Zafer Tawil – qanun
Sami Abu Shumays - violin
Johnny Farraj - riqq
Rami el-Aasser – percussion
The Alwan Arab Music Ensemble delivers a joyful and transporting feast of well-loved popular songs from the greater Arab World, built around mesmerizing textures of rhythmic and improvisational intensity.
Six contemporary masters of a broad range of Arab musical idioms display their seasoned sensibilities and impressive technique across a diverse array of musical selections from regional folk songs to masterpieces of Egyptian cinema and Arab concert hall culture. Their performance evokes ambiances of Cairo, Baghdad, al-Quds and Aleppo, but more importantly that of contemporary New York with its own vibrant Arab American artistic and intellectual community.
Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors available at the door or online.