Musical Performance: May Nasr

Fri, May 21, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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in conjunction with FIAF French Institute/Alliance Française's World Nomads Lebanon Festival

May Nasr
- Vocals and Guitar

with special guest

Zafer Tawil
- Oud

Lebanese songstress May Nasr has a following both in the Arab world and globally; her passionate, heartfelt voice inspires audiences far beyond national borders. Alwan is pleased to welcome May back to her New York "home" in this concert of songs of love and freedom.

Listen/watch May perform Ma Nesy Al Arzal.

Tickets: $20; $15.00 students.

Doors open at 8:30.

About May Nasr

"May sings with her guitar, her heart and the beautiful voice with which she has been blessed." - Zaki Nassif

A native of Lebanon, May Nasr has been influenced by the songs of the great Fairouz, Zaki Nassif, Ahmad Kaabour, Marcel Khalife, Julia Boutros. In her early singing career, May was mentored by the renowned sound engineer Farid Abul Kheir, and trained by the great Lebanese singer Zaki Nassif as well as Badia Sabra Haddad, the former voice teacher of Fairouz.

A voice for freedom, justice, equality, humanity and love, May often focuses on the beauty of the Lebanese people in her music, using songs of peace, love and resilience to inspire positive change in local and global Arab communities. A strong voice for social justice as well, Nasr helps support local charities and global organizations through the proceeds of her many popular concerts. She has performed to ecstatic audiences throughout the Middle East and the world. Her first CD, Lil Ghaly, was released in November 2008 and her most recent recording, Written in Water, with Lourdes Pérez, will be released later this year.

Zafer Tawil

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. Born and raised in East Jerusalem, he has held workshops on Arab music at many institutions and universities across the United States. Listen to Zafer Tawil on

Last updated: 2010-05-21 18:18:56

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