Orientations: Double Bill - Yousif Yaseen & Sara Serpa Trio

Fri, May 19, 2017 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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As part of its five-week, music series, Orientations, Alwan for the Arts presents a double bill performance by:

Yousif Yaseen, on vocals and guitar, translates diverse influences into a unique sound characterized by eastern melodies and unorthodox harmonies; and

Sara Serpa Trio, a bold project that combines the rigor of the written material with the improvisational vein and tremendous sound of its members.

Sara Serpa, vocals l Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophone l Erik Friedlander, cello

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

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Doors open at 7:30 pm

About the Artists

Yousif Yaseen is a young guitarist and singer who writes colorful music inspired by contemporary multiculturalism. His songs and compositions are a collage of musical sources, with a particular emphasis on bringing out unique eastern modalities in a contemporary harmonic musical framework. Yousif's approach to the guitar is unique in that he often exploits its possibilities as a percussion instrument as well as a modified maqam instrument, by tuning it to microtonal tunings appropriate to Arabic music. A powerful solo performer and dedicated bandleader, Yousif's music attempts to conjure complex emotions influenced by his impressions of a globalized world. Yousif graduated from Berklee College of Music where he was mentored by Simon Shaheen and Jeannie Gagne. He released his debut solo album, Visions, in 2016. For more on the artist, click here.

Born in Lisboa, Portugal andbased in New Yorksince 2008, Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, bandleader and improviser who has been voted by the Downbeat Critics Poll 2014, 2015, 2016 as "Female Vocalist Rising Star". WhileSerpa is mostly known for her wordless singing with such jazz luminaries as Greg Osby, Grammy-Award nominee Danilo Perez, or as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook with Guggenheim Fellow and legendary pianist Ran Blake, she has also been collaborating with innovators like John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Aya Nishina, Kris Davis to name a few.

Described by the JazzTimes magazine as“ one ofthe most exciting avant- gardists on the New York scene"and by the New York Timesas "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook",Serpa has produced six albums as a leader, (with the labels Clean Feed, Tzadik and Inner Circle Music), the latest being a partnership with Portuguese guitarist André Matos, "All The Dreams" (2016).


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: 2017-04-20 13:01:43

Sara Serpa & Andre Matos
Sara Serpa & Andre Matos
Yousif Yaseen
Yousif Yaseen

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