Lecture and Musical Performance: The Waslah of Aleppo - Music of Unity

Sat, April 2, 2011 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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A lecture by

Mohamed A. Alsiadi

With a performance by:

George Abdallah -
Yasser Abu Istafe -
Montaser Abu Mallouh - Qanoun
Mohamed A. Alsiadi - 'Oud
Maher Hanna -
Bass guitar
A. P. Joseph -
Firas Melaa - Riq
Mohamed Nabawi
- Accordion
Youssef Shamoun
- Vocals
Majd Shamoun
- Chorus

Aleppo is a traditional city that has always cherished its original music, passing from generation to generation such genres as the much-loved “Mouwashahat" and "Koudoud Halabiah.” Aleppo has also produced many of the great singers in Arab music, such as Sabah Fakhry, Mouhamad Khairy, Ali Aldarwish, and Bakry Kurdi. The Aleppian Waslah (a suite of instrumental and vocal pieces in Arab music), also known as Al-Waslah Al-Halabiah, constitutes an essential part of the cultural life of Aleppo's Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities, both here and throughout the Arab world.

In tonight's event, Mohamed Alsiadi, of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University, will discuss the unique phenomenon of this traditional musical genre in how it unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities while also contributing to the preservation of their cultural identities. The lecture will be followed by a performance.

Artist Biographies:

Mohamed A. Alsiadi
is Director of the US-MidEast Program for the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights; Coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University. Alsiadi is a doctoral candidate in the Program in American Studies at Rutgers Newark. His research interests include Arabic language, literature, culture, Arab-American issues including Arab-American identity post-9/11; the impact of East-West relations on contemporary Arab music and literature; Aleppian Waslah performance in the Diaspora; Arab music composition, theory, and practice; and use of Islam to democratize groups and nations.

Singer Youssef Shamoun was born in Aleppo, Syria and was inspired by music since his early childhood, greatly influenced by the classical Arab music of Aleppo. He has performed in several Middle Eastern countries and has participated in many events and concerts where he has been well received by his audience and peers as a promising talent. Youssef Shamoun has appeared in several television programs on popular channels including A.R.T (Arabic Radio Television). In addition, he has performed on several radio channels including Syrian FM and the popular Lebanese station “Radio Strike.” He has performed in many weddings, parties, and clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. He graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in December of 2005, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He currently resides in New Jersey.


Regular: $20, available online here.
Students/Seniors/Members: $15, available online here.

A small surcharge is applied to each online ticket; use printout as your proof of purchase. Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Last updated: 2011-04-02 04:03:26

Arab Musicians in Aleppo
Arab Musicians in Aleppo
Mohamed A. Alsiadi
Mohamed A. Alsiadi
Youssef Shamoun
Youssef Shamoun

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