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.



Free Sackler: New Sounds from Arab Lands

Date: February 16, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW, Washington DC 20024, (directions)
Tickets: Free but must be ordered online via TicketMaster

Inspired by Arab tradition, Western classical music, and jazz and led by regular DC-visiting artists Kinan Azmeh, five Arab musicians perform new music for the nation's capital.

  1. Kinan Azmeh, clarinet (Syria)
  2. Basel Rajoub, saxophonist (Syria)
  3. Jasser Haj Youssef, violin and viola d’amore (Tunisia)
  4. Feras Charestan, qanun (Syria)
  5. Khaled Yassine, percussion (Lebanon)

  • Rituals (Kinan Azmeh)
  • Wedding (Kinan Azmeh)
  • November 22nd (Kinan Azmeh)
  • Sketches 5 and 6 from "A Scattered Sketchbook in Six Movements" (Kinan Azmeh)
  • Dream (Kinan Azmeh)
  • A Sad Morning, Every Morning (Kinan Azmeh)
  • Asia (Basel Rajoub)
  • Turquoise (Basel Rajoub)
  • Duo for Saxophone and Clarinet (Basel Rajoub)
  • My Gypsy Home (Basel Rajoub)
  • Cairo Tune (Basel Rajoub)
  • Friggya (Jasser Haj Youssef)
  • Reveria Chorale (Jasser Haj Youssef)
  • Saba (Jasser Haj Youssef)
  • Maqam (Jasser Haj Youssef)
  • Echoes (Jasser Haj Youssef)

NEW SOUNDS OF THE ARAB LANDS_Byblos rehearsals from AKMI on Vimeo.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

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Washington Post
New York Daily News
Cultural Tourism DC
Dartmouth College
Brandeis University
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Freer Gallery: Simon Shaheen

Simon Shaheen 2012
Date: December 8, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Freer Gallery, 1200 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC 20560 (directions)
Tickets: free on a first-come, first-serve basis, less processing charges available online

Simon Shaheen leads his Near Eastern Ensemble in a program of new and traditional music from the Arab world. Shaheen is a composer, arranger, and 'oud and violin virtuoso. The ensemble will also playnay (flute) and qanun.

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Sponsors: XXX Freer Gallery, 1200 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC 20560 Sat, Dec 8, 2012 07:30 PM


Freer Gallery: Karima Skalli

Date: December 1, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Freer Gallery (directions)
Tickets: SOLD OUT

Karima Skalli performs repertoire by past and present composers of the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, and North Africa. Sometimes called the next great diva of Arab music, Skalli has performed at the annual Festival and Conference of Arab Music, held at the Cairo Opera House; the International Festival of Sacred Music, in Morocco; and the Festivals Beiteddine in Lebanon.


Sponsors: Seeds of Culture