Kennedy Center: Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo-Ma

Date: March 1, 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 5:00 P.M.
Place: Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $45-$115 online at the Kennedy Center

The Silk Road Ensemble returns to Washington, DC. “Mr. Ma, in addition to having achieved the rare thing that is classical-music celebrity, traffics in big ideas. His—and by extension, Silk Road’s—particular brand of musical philosophy is, first and foremost, a belief in the arts as a critical yet oft-ignored ingredient in solving the world’s economic and political problems.” Wall Street Journal – October 13, 2013

“For musicians, much of life is spent on the road, performing in far-flung corners of the globe. They are thus uniquely positioned to take in the diversity of ideologies that people uphold as truth. But on a daily basis, they also see how music breaks boundaries. In the midst of political discord, the musicians within the Silk Road Project see an opportunity to foster other kinds of cross-cultural encounters.” Atlantic Monthly – October 10, 2013

Performers 2015:
Yo-Yo Ma: cello
Siamak Aghaei: santur
Kinan Azmeh: clarinet
Jeffrey Beecher: double-bass
Mike Block: cello
Nicholas Cords: viola
Sandeep Das: tabla
Haruka Fuji: percussion
Johnny Gandelsman: violin
Joseph Gramley: percussion
Hu Jianbing: bawu, sheng
Colin Jacobsen: violin
Eric Jacobsen: cello, conductor
Siamak Jahangiry: ney
Kayhan Kalhor: kamancheh, composer
Dong Won Kim: composer, jang-go, vocals
Kevork Mourad: visual art
Christina Pato: composer, gaita, piano
Shane Shanahan: composer, percussion
Mark Suter: composer, percussion
Kojiro Umezaki: composer, shakuhachi
Wu Man: composer, pipa
Wu Tong: bawu, composer, sheng, vocals
Yang Wei: pipa


Sponsors: Washington Performaing Arts


Simon Shaheen at Sixth & I Synagogue

Date: February 7, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Place: Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, Washington DC 20001 (directions)
Tickets: $35 general, online with TicketFly

Simon Shaheen Palestinian oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen also goes beyond traditional Arabic music, infusing his compositions with jazz and Western classical styles.


Sponsors: Washington Performing Arts


St. Joseph's: Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn

Date: January 30, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 07:30 P.M.
Place: St. John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville, VA 20120 (directions)
Tickets: free to the public
Come see and hear this first-ever duet of Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn with improvised music for guitar, bouzouki, prepared guitar, and pedal steel guitar.
Ayman Fanous synthesizes classical and flamenco guitar techniques with contemporary improvisation: Derek Bailey meets Paco de Lucia, plus ancestral Egyptian bouzouki.
Susan Alcorn is a Baltimore-based composer-musician and innovator of pedal steel guitar with combinations of country-western, free jazz, avant-garde classical, Indian ragas, indigenous, and other world music.
Further details appear on Facebook.

Susan Alcorn
Ayman Fanous

Sponsors: St. John's Episcopal Church


Salaam at Busboys & Poets

Dena ElSaffar of Salaam
Date: October 25, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Place: Busboys & Poets, 1025 5 Street NW, Washington DC 20001 (directions)
Tickets: $5-$10 suggested

Salaam will perform Middle Eastern original and traditional music. In celebration of their new CD, Train To Basra. Performers: Press Release: Rock Paper Scissors

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Ayman Fanous welcomes Tatsuya Nakatani

Date: September 18, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: St John's Episcopal Church, 5667 Mt Gilead RD, Centreville VA 20120 (directions)
Tickets: $10 suggested at the door

Ayman Fanous welcomes Tatsuya Nakatani, one of the most unique and arresting percussionists in improvised music, for an evening of mprovised duets for guitar, prepared guitar, bouzouki, and percussion.


Sponsors: St John's Episcopal Church


Date: April 6, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Place: Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern AV, Baltimore MD 21224 (directions)
Tickets: $20 general, $15 members and students, online

The Spring 2013 US Tour of Alash Ensemble, masters of Tuvan throat singing, comes to Baltimore!

Performing with them will be Shodekeh and Kerry Holahan.


Sponsors: XXX


Freer: Naseer Shamma

Date: March 7, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence AV SW, Washington DC 20013 (directions)
Tickets: Free to the public other than ticketing fee from Ticketmaster

One of the Arab world’s leading soloists on the ‘ud (lute), Naseer Shamma returns to the US for the first time in ten years to lead his ensemble in new arrangements of classical Arab music. Based in Cairo, the Al-Oyoun Ensemble performs on 'ud, qanun, violins, flute, cello, contrabass, and percussion.

Shamma is a native of Iraq, where he graduated from Baghdad Academy of Music, and founding director of the Beit Al-Oud Al-Arabi, an institute for the teaching of Arab classical music in Cairo, Alexandria, Algeria, and Abu Dhabi. He developed a method of playing 'ud with one hand for children wounded in the Iraq War. Shamma has performed in twelve European countries and eleven Arab nations. Supported by Saudi Aramco, this concert is part of a US tour produced by Alwan for the Arts, which includes the ensemble’s appearance at the Festival of Iraqi Culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.