Musical Performance: SHUSMO - Arab Maqam meets Jazz

Sat, February 27, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Tareq Abboushi - Buzuq, percussion, composition
Lefteris Bournias
- Clarinet
Héctor Morales
- Congas, Cajón
Zafer Tawil
- Riq, Durbakkeh, Cymbals
Dave Phillips
- Bass

Returning to Alwan after a three-year hiatus, this outstanding ensemble, blending Arab, Latin and Jazz modes, will perform selections from their upcoming CD, Mumtastic.

Tickets: $15, available at the door or online here. (A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket).

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Listen to the title track from SHUSMO's first CD, One.

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"SHUSMO" in Arabic means "what's his name." This ensemble began to take shape in the Fall of 2000. At first, the intent was quite simple: To blend various elements of jazz and Middle Eastern music, and to present them through powerful grooves. Over the years, as the sound of the band began to mature, other elements came into play including Latin rhythms, counterpoint, and spoken word. Today, every member brings their own background to add flavor to the compositions, and the result is far beyond what the original goals were. This New York City based band has recorded music for the film “West Bank-Brooklyn,” and theme music for WBAI’s radio show “Fen Meshnoon with Dean and Maysoon.” Since releasing their first album “One” in February 2005, they have performed at a number of festivals in the US and internationally including The Jerusalem Festival (Jerusalem, Palestine), Sounds of the City (Newark, NJ), Atlantic Antic (Brooklyn, NY), NextNext Series at BAM Cafe (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and Festival Du Monde Arabe (Montréal). Other venues include New York and Columbia Universities, and Joe's Pub.

For bios of the artists and more information, click on the group's website,

Last updated: 2010-02-22 22:39:45


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