Reading & Performance: Ta'sheeq: poetry in a multi-sensory experience

Sat, October 29, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

Ta'sheeq: poetry in a multi-sensory experience

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Doors open at 6:30pm

Ta'sheeq in Arabic means dovetail. In this project, a collective of Syrian poets, musicians and visual artists collaborate and merge their passions to recreate and present poetry featuring performance, live art and musical accompaniment. By weaving these creative forms, the artists transcend imposed creative boundaries and offer new experiential nuances.

Selected poems will be read in Arabic and translated into English in a choreographed performance.

About the Artists:

Lukman Ahmad is a Kurdish artist from Syria who began his art career in 1986. After moving to the US in 2010, he joined several American art groups. Hailing from one of the largest stateless nations in the world, Ahmad’s art is inspired by the rich Kurdish legacy of epics and popular stories. He has had more than 45 exhibitions in many countries, including Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon, Switzerland, Syria and the United States. His expressive motifs combine authenticity with abstraction and are reflection on Kurdish culture in its vibrant colors.More about the artist, click here.

Akram Alkatreb is a poet, journalist and writer born in Salamiah, an ancient city near Hama, Syria, which is known as the “city of poets.” He wrote his first poem at 14. He has worked as an art critic and journalist since 1996, writing for major Arabic-language newspapers, including As-Safir, Al-Hayat, Almustaqbal, An-Nahar and Al-Quds al Arabi. He is a leading figure in what critics have called the “new wave” of Syrian poetry. Alkatreb has been living in the United States since 2001.More about the artist, click here.

Samer Ali is a Syrian musician and violinist who grew up in the coastal city of Jableh. He founded 'Takht Al-Nagham', a traditional Arabic music ensemble based in New York City that encapsulates the original sound from Damascus and reinterprets the melodies with new colors and in varying dimensions. Samer also performs with the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble, Orchestra of the Bronx and The National Arab Orchestra.More about the artist, click here.

Hussam Jefee, founder of the Ta’sheeq project, is a Syrian poet and psychiatrist. His first poetry collection, The Opener of Canned Hope, was published in 2008, and a second collection, Birds Smoking Marijuana, is forthcoming. Jefee has also published translations of American poetry in Arabic literary magazines and journals. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts.More about the artist, click here.

Alma Nizam is a Syrian poet born in Paris, France in 1987. Her debut poems appeared in O2 publishing magazine in 2016. More about the artist, click here.

A prolific Syrian poet, Firas Sulaiman has published six volumes of poetry, with a forthcoming collection that is being translated into English. He has also authored a collection of short stories, experimental fiction, a book of aphorisms and contributed to several anthologies. His work has appeared in Banipal, The Wolf, The Manhattan Review, 22 Magazine and Washington Square and has been translated into French, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and Croatian. More about the artist, click here.

Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman is a writer, editor and translator. A graduate of Columbia University, the City University of New York and the American University in Cairo with degrees in history, forced migration and law, Sulaiman’s translations have appeared in The Wolf, The Manhattan Review, Washington Square, and various anthologies. More about the artist, click here.

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Last updated: 2016-10-25 17:09:21

Lukman Ahmad
Lukman Ahmad
Akram Alkatreb
Akram Alkatreb
Samer Ali
Samer Ali
Hussam Jefee
Hussam Jefee
Alma Nizam
Alma Nizam
Firas Sulaiman
Firas Sulaiman
Samantha Kostmayer-Sulaiman
Samantha Kostmayer-Sulaiman

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