Orientations: Hassan Hakmoun

Sat, April 22, 2017 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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As part of its new, month-long series, Tarab Edition II: Orientations, Alwan for the Arts presents:

Hassan Hakmoun, lead vocal, sintir

Jamshied Sharifi, keyboard

Brahim Fribgane, 'oud, cajon

Abdourahim Hakmoun, karkaba, back vocals

Chikako Iwahori, karkaba, back vocals; and

Noureddine El Warri, videographer

Performing a unique fusion and blending of traditions, cultures and genres in a world of ever-expanding global communication and exchange.

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Students & Seniors

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Doors open at 7:30 pm

Listen to Gnawa on Fire

About the Artist:

Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable artists in contemporary Moroccan music. Schooled in the deeply traditional sounds of the Gnawa people, his music has absorbed elements from a range of styles -- jazz, "world music", neo-classical, contemporary Western music and cerebral pop -- since moving to the US in 1987 and has evolved into a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work.

Hakmoun's music origins are rooted in the African folk music of the Islamic Gnawa, descendants of West African slaves brought to North Africa several hundred years ago. Their music combines West African syncopations with long, sinuous North African melodies. Gnawa musicians usually express their religious devotions through their music, using it to enter into spiritual, trance states.

Hakmoun has participated and performed in a score of renowned arts festivals, such as World Music, Arts and Dance Festival (WOMAD) and collaborated with a number of respected artists, such as David Sanborn, Peter Gabriel and the Kronos Quartet.

For more information, please visit Hassan Hakmoun's website.


Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Last updated: 2017-04-12 21:07:24

Photo Credit: Sabir El Amouakil
Photo Credit: Sabir El Amouakil

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