Sat, November 9, 2013 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Arresting and compelling, Nashaz engages listeners of Arabic music, jazz, and 'oud (Arabic lute). Led by composer and 'oudist Brian Prunka, the music ranges from dance-like, contemplative, energetic and fiery, revealing a depth of understanding of the Arabic maqam, and the ornamentation and phrasing that characterize the 'oud tradition. As a composer, Prunka successfully blurs the lines between two sonic worlds - jazz and Arab music - creating a style that showcases the best of both while striking out in stirring new directions.
Nashaz literally means "dissonance" in Arabic, and in this context, relays the idea that expansive and innovative music will challenge listeners' preconceived notions of both traditions, taking them out of their comfort zone, though in reality the resultant sound is compelling, alluring, and always powerful. Nashaz's music reflects the best of both worlds and fans of jazz, Arabic music, and great instrumental playing and composing will find much to enjoy in this concert celebrating the ensemble's new CD release "Nashaz".
(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Transplanted to Brooklyn from New Orleans, Brian Prunka brings together jazz adventurousness, New Orleans rhythm, and years of experience with Arabic music as an essential voice in the band. Aside from leading Nashaz, he has performed internationally with Simon Shaheen, Michael Bates, Ravish Momin, the New York Arabic Orchestra, The Vancouver International Orchestra, Zikrayat, The Near East River Ensemble, and others. Joined by a coterie of top-notch NY jazz and world musicians like Kenny Warren on trumpet (Slavic Soul Party), George Mel and Vin Scialla (Snehasish Mozumder), expect an evening of seductively fascinating music.
Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
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