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Musical Performance: From Rabat to Baghdad: An Evening of Arab Folk Music

Sat, April 17, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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featuring

TARAB

Tareq Abboushi (Buzuq)
Taoufiq Ben Amor (Vocals, Oud and Percussion)
Ramzi El-Edlibi (Tabla, Riq, Daf and Dance)
Zafer Tawil (Violin, Oud and Percussion)

With Guests:

Abdallah Moussa (Vocals)
George Ziadeh (Vocals, Oud)

To listen to Tarab, click on "Ibtihalat" here.

Founded in 1998, Tarab is an group of New York-based musicians who focus on the classical Arab music repertoire, both instrumental, with such genres as samai, lunga, dulab, and vocal, with special emphasis on the Andalusi Muwashah and Sufi repertoire. The ensemble also explores traditional folk music from various regions of the Arab world. Importance is given to improvisation, both vocal and instrumental, to allow each musician to explore the maqamat, or scales. The sets performed are generally in the form of a wasla, which is a suite of several pieces all sharing the same maqam. Since its foundation, Tarab has performed at several venues and festivals, such as Symphony Space, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, The Joseph Papp Theater, Bowery Ballroom, The Balkan Music Festival, Club Passim, York University Toronto and The University of Michigan. Tarab has also composed soundtracks for two documentaries and one play.

Tickets: $15, available at the door or online here (a surcharge applies; use printout as your ticket).

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

About The Musicians:

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 Amazon.com’s Best Children's CD (2002). Current projects include a new recording, Mumtastic, with SHUSMO. www.shusmo.com

Taoufiq Ben Amor is a Tunisian vocalist, percussionist and oud player. Taoufiq started learning percussion at an early age, then learned the Malouf (Andalusian repertoire) and sang with ensembles and choirs for many years. Fifteen years ago, he began studying the oud and the Arabic maqam system with various teachers such as Mohamed Labbad, Jamal Aslan and Simon Shaheen. For the last decade, Taoufiq has been an active performer in the US and Canada and played in various venues including the Joseph Papp Theater, Symphony Space, Cooper Union, the Knitting Factory as well as several campuses. He is involved in several projects including fusion with North Indian, Afro-Brazilian and Iranian musicians. Taoufiq is also an educator, who does research and lecture on the subject and conducts workshops. He founded The Columbia Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and he produces the music series at the Alwan Center for The Arts in New York City. Taoufiq is currently Professor of Arabic at Columbia University. www.taoufiqbenamor.com

Ramzi El-Edlibi's dance career began in Lebanon as he studied with the renowned choreographer Wadia Garrar and was a principal dancer with the Caracalla Dance Co. With Carracalla and on his own, Ramzi traveled extensively as a much sought-after performer of the Middle Eastern Folk Dance Art Form, performing in Russia, Japan, Spain, France, the U.K, Egypt, Libya, Iraq and more. Each of these locations have offered not only the opportunity to demonstrate his talents, but to extend them—absorbing influences from the various cultures that would continue to add interesting and varied dimensions to the complex tapestry of his art and his life. Ramzi is also an accomplished percussion player and teacher, mastering the tabla, riq (Arab tambourine) and frame drum. Watch Ramzi El-Edlibi

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. Zafer on Amazon.com

Last updated: 2010-04-11 17:16:18

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