Musical Performance & Dance: ARABIZED by Karim Nagi

Fri, April 13, 2012 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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ARABIZED is a mash of civilizations. This intense solo stage performance features Arab music, folk dance, and oration. Karim Nagi re-imagines the Arab tradition, performing acrobatic Sufi drumming, Saidi cane dances, and soulful buzuq taqasim, all within a greater story and narrative about identity and diaspora. But this is not just a simple cultural showcase. Karim, through futuristic remixing, animated oration, and the mashing of Arab and famous Western songs, a unique theatrical experience is made. He performs his original works including the melodic "Flying Heavy for Egypt", the percussive opus "Riqq Taletashir", his dance choreography of "Al-Harb Ma' Al-Rouah", his bilingual hits "Everybody Yalla" & "Mozart Tabla Arabiyya", and his finger cymbal a cappella "Cymbalisms". Nagi sings traditional Egyptian immigration songs including "Salma ya Salama", and also perform songs from his newest CD ARABIZED which includes Arabic versions of anthemic songs from European, Latino and Asian traditions.

Doors open at 8:30pm, performance at 9pm

Tickets: $20 General (buy now*)| $15 (buy now*) Members, Seniors, Students available at the door or online.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian musician, folk dancer and orator. He has authored 10 CDs and 5 DVDs, and tours internationally as a performer and teacher. In the past 5 years Karim’s own performance career has accelerated, and he has since performed in great prestigious venues all over the world, including The Smithsonian in Washington DC, Al-Sawy Theater in Cairo, Harvard's Sanders Theater, Theatre de la Ville in Paris, and Tainan University in Taiwan, to same a fractional few. (Karim was featured in ReOrientalism, the very first performance at Alwan, on October 25, 2003). He has also given lectures, seminars and master classes in Princeton, Yale, NYU, The Arab American Museum and innumerable public schools. His newest CD and performance "Arabized" celebrates the synthesis of his music, dance and narrative messages.

Last updated: 2012-03-19 07:01:44

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