Musical Performance: Gaida and Her Band

Sat, April 19, 2014 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

(View all musical performances »)

Syrian songstress, Gaida, is one of the most effusive and charming singers in the New York world-music scene. With her filigreed voice and outstanding ensemble - George Dulin (piano), Amir ElSaffar (trumpet and santur), Zafer Tawil (oud and percussion), Jennifer Vincent (bass), and special guest singer Salah Zane - Gaida delivers entrancing and luscious performances. Join Alwan for the arts in celebrating the amazing talents of this band as they play songs from their new album, Look at the Moon, in addition to popoular tunes from the Arab world.

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors. Tickets available at the door or online.

(Buy Now*)

*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket

Doors open at 7:30pm

About the Artists

Vocalist and songwriter, Gaida, is celebrated for her impeccable musical intuition and velvety yet crystalline voice. The wide range of musical styles heard within her music flow together organically and naturally and are tied together by Gaida's depth of soul and her evocative and expressive voice, which transcends genre and drives directly into the listener's heart. Gaida and her band were featured in major films, including Jonathan Demme’s 2008 drama “Rachel Getting Married.” They recorded with Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo and performed in prestigious national venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and many world music festivals.

"Entrancing and luscious" - TimeOut New York

"Gaida stirs up magic onstage" - 
The Detroit News

Pianist/Composer George Dulin (piano) has been making heads turn and ears percolate since his arrival on the New York jazz scene. In January 2006, George finished a Masters in Jazz Performance at New York University, where he was an adjunct professor of Jazz Piano. He has studied with Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Dafnis Prieto, Justin DelloJoio, and Panos Mavromatis. He has performed in a master class with living legend Cecil Taylor, and recorded with Teo Macero, John Scofield, Lenny Pickett, and Alex Sipiagin, in addition to performing at Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine. Since 2002, George has gigged extensively,performing at major venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-cola, Birdland, 55 Bar, Smalls, Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe's Pub and The Blue Note.

Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, santur) is an Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer who has distinguished himself with a mastery of disparate musical styles and a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each tradition. A skilled jazz trumpeter with a classical background, ElSaffar has created new techniques to play microtones and ornaments that are idiomatic to Arabic music but are not typically heard on the trumpet. Additionally, he is an acknowledged performer of the classical Iraqi maqam tradition, and performs actively in the US, Europe and the Middle East as a vocalist and santur player. ElSaffar has received grants to compose music from Chamber Music America, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Jerome Foundation, Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), and the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia.

New York based Palestinian-American Zafer Tawil (oud and percussion) is a master of Arabic music with virtuoso talents on oud, violin, qanun and a full range of percussion instruments. He has performed with numerous musicians ranging from pop star Sting to Arab music greats such as Simone Shaheen, Chab Mami, and Bassam Saba to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe, among others. Zafer has composed music for a number of films including the Oscar- nominated Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married.

Jennifer Vincent
(bass), bassist and a cellist, has been as active force on the jazz and latin scenes in NYC for the past two decades. She plays, tours, and records (and has played) with the likes of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and the Harry Whiteaker Group, Jon Hendricks, Paula West, Son Sublime and the famed Boy's Choir of Harlem. She studied at the New School with the legends Ron Carter, ouster Williams, and Andy Gonzales. In 2001, she studied with Orlando Cachaito Lopez, the bassist of the beloved Buena Vista Social Club. Her bass lines are featured on NBC's 75th Anniversary "Cosby Show Retrospective" and on episodes of Dora the Explorer and Dirty Sexy Money. Jennifer co-leads two groups: The New Jazz Quartet and CoCoMaMa. For the past 7 years she held the bass chair for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the most legendary band in American history. All about jazz said, "basset Jennifer Vincent shows that she can stay with anyone wen it comes to getting a bass to sing"


Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-04-19 12:50:18


Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

Alwan Auction 2016

Join Our Mailing List:



Classes are currently being scheduled. Please check back soon for updates.



There are currently no upcoming events.


16 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732 3261
Email Us

Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities. Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or, buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.

© 2020 Alwan for the Arts

Hosting donated by:, the Arabic Encyclopedia