Musical Performance: Emta al-Zamaan

Sat, October 21, 2017 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Songs of Tarab featuring compositions by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab, Wadi ElSafi, Zakariyya Ahmed, Sayyed Makkawi, and Farid Alatrash to be played by:

George Ziadeh | Oud, vocal
Tareq Abboushi | Buzuq
Firas Zriek | Qanun


George Ziadeh, born in Palestine, pursued music from a young age. After moving to the United States in 1986, he studied 'oud with Simon Shaheen and classical singing and voice with Youssef Kassab. George has performed as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles including the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble. He also lectures annually at the Columbia University Department of Ethnomusicology and has taught at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah and Birzeit University (1995-1997). In 2008, he was a featured soloist and ensemble performer in the Brooklyn Maqam Festival of Arab Music. George is an authority on maqam theory and Arab classical repertoire.

Tareq Abboushi.began playing the buzuq in 1997, starting at the National Conservatory of Music in Palestine. He has performed in the United States and internationally with renowned musicians such as Simon Shaheen, David Brosa, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, and Grammy-Award-Winner Dan Zanes. Abboushi's discography includes Amir ElSaffar's acclaimed "Two Rivers," and appearances on three albums with Dan Zanes: "Parades and Panoramas," "House Party" and "Night Time!" (Winner of "Best children's CD of the year" by Tareq has composed and performed music for the award-winning film "Chicken Heads" (best short film, 2010 Dubai Film Festival). Other film scores include the award-winning soundtrack for the film "Encounter Point" (best musical score, 2006 Bend Film Festival), "Man From Plains" (2007) and the Oscar-nominated "Rachel Getting Married" (2008), the last two directed by Jonathan Demme. Tareq earned a B.M. in Jazz Piano Performance from William Paterson University.

Firas Zreik is aPalestinian qanun player and composer from the town of Kafr Yassif in the Western Galilee. He started playing the qanun at age 11 and studied Arab music at the Beit Almusica Conservatory. He has performed with many important artists, including Roger Waters, Simon Shaheen and Amal Murkus. He is currently at the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, pursuing a dual degree in jazz composition and performance.


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.

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