Musical Performance: Women’s Visions: A Festival Across Genres and Traditions: Singer Salma Habib, U.S. S

Fri, December 11, 2009 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Salma Habib - Vocals


Zafer Tawil, 'Oud and Percussion
George Ziadeh, 'Oud
Tareq Abboushi, Buzuq
Sami Abu Shumays, Violin
Johnny Farraj, Riqq

In the American solo concert debut of this gifted artist, Salma Marjieh kicks off "Women’s Visions: A Festival Across Genres and Traditions" with the classics of Ismahan, Leila Mourad, Umm Kulthoum, Fairouz, Farid al-Atrache, among others, and pays a special tribute to her native country in performance of the folkloric tunes of Palestine. Accompanying her will be an all-Palestinian ensemble of talented veterans of the NYC Arab music scene.

Listen to Salma Marjieh perform with Simon Shaheen

"Salma is a vocalist with an extensive understanding of the classical and traditional Arabic music repertoire." - Simon Shaheen, world-renowned composer/musician

Tickets: $20 available at the door or online here - (an online fee applies, use printout as your ticket).

$15.00 student rush tickets available (with I.D.) at the door only.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

About Salma Habib

Salma Habib began her musical career at the age of seven, singing and dancing on stage. As an adult she hosted a television show for children in Palestine for nine years and a daily radio show for seven years while also singing, dancing, and acting for adult and children's audiences. Since coming to the United States, she has performed with Simon Shaheen and his ensemble in numerous concerts across the United States, and recently made her debut with Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra in a concert produced by the World Music Institute at Symphony Space. Salma hosts a television show for Arab-Americans on ART America entitled “Min America.”

Musician Bios

Tareq Abboushi
is a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and graduate with honors from William Paterson University with a degree in Jazz Piano. Born and raised in Ramallah, he has played buzuq since 1997, and has performed with such notable musicians as Simon Shaheen, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, and Dan Zanes. His film work includes the award-winning Encounter Point (Best Musical Score, Bend Film Festival, 2006), as well as two films by Jonathan Demme: Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains and Rachel Getting Married. He has lectured and performed at Columbia University, NYU, Juilliard, Museum of the City of NY, the Children’s Museums of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and Alwan for the Arts, and last year taught Arab music at Agder University in Norway. His discography includes One with his band SHUSMO, Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers and Dan Zanes’s Parades and Panoramas, House Party and Night Time!, winner of’s Best Children's CD (2002). Current projects include a new recording with SHUSMO, Mumtastic.

Sami Abu Shumays was born in the U.S. of mixed Palestinian and American descent. After earning a B.A. in Music at Harvard, he began studying Arab violin with renowned musician Simon Shaheen while concurrently pursuing graduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology at C.U.N.Y. He then studied in Cairo on a Fulbright fellowship with Dr. Alfred Gamil, and in Aleppo, Syria with Mohammed Qasas, Abdel-Basit Bakkar and Abdel-Minaim Senkary. Since then, he has been performing across the U.S, playing with ensembles such as Tarab, Safaafir, Maqamikaze Dance Troupe, the Chicago Oriental Ensemble and Simon Shaheen’s Near East Music Ensemble and regularly at Alwan for the Arts. In 2005 he co-founded with his wife, dancer Dameshe, his own ensemble, “Zikrayat” which focuses primarily on rare music and dance repertoire from classic Egyptian film. He is a regular instructor in Arab violin and Arab maqam, leading classes and workshops at many institutions across the country as well as in NYC public schools.

Johnny Farraj
studied Arab percussion with Michel Merhej Baklouk (Fairouz's veteran percussionist) and Karim Nagi, ‘oud with Simon Shaheen and Bassam Saba, and classical Arab singing with Rima Khcheich and Youssef Kassab. He has performed numerous times with Simon Shaheen, Najib Shaheen and Bassam Saba, and in such festivals as “Arabesque” at the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Maqam, and Alwan’s Festival of Sacred Music. He is featured in Maqams of Baghdad by Safaafir with Amir El-Saffar, and on the soundtrack of Heather Raffo’s play, Nine Parts of Desire. He recorded Arab music tracks for Jonathan Demme’s award-winning documentary Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains and performed in his film Rachel Getting Married. Johnny created the Maqam World ( website to teach classical Arab music theory, and lectures on the subject in universities and museums across North America. He is currently working on a book about Arab music. Born and raised in Lebanon, Johnny is of Palestinian heritage.

Zafer Tawil is a virtuoso on ‘oud, violin, and qanun, and a master of Arabic percussion. Zafer has performed in concerts across the country, including performances with numerous musicians ranging from Sting to Arab music virtuosos Chab Mami, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba and George Ziadeh, to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe. He was a featured composer and performer in acclaimed director Jonathan Demme's Oscar-nominated film Rachel Getting Married and is composing and performing for Demme’s next film project, Zeitoun, based on Dave Eggers’ book about Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s post-Hurricane Katrina odyssey. Zafer has worked on many collaboration concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music as well as arab/jazz fusion. He has held workshops on Arab music at many institutions and universities across the United States. A native of East Jerusalem, he resides in New York City.

George Ziadeh was born and raised in Birzeit, Palestine, and pursued music from a young age. In 1986 he moved to the United States, where he studied ‘oud with Simon Shaheen and classical singing and voice with Youssef Kassab, with whom he has toured extensively across the country. George has performed and lectured with such ensembles and institutions as the University of Chicago’s Middle East Music Ensemble with Issa Boulos, the University of Colorado (Boulder), Alwan for the Arts, the United Nations (invited by Kofi Annan), and annually at the Columbia University Department of Ethnomusicology. In 2008, George was a featured solo and ensemble performer in the “Brooklyn Maqam” Festival of Arab Music. From 1995 to 1997 George taught at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah and at Birzeit University. George is considered an authority in maqam and Arab classical repertoire.

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