Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum

Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum:

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  • Mohamed Abozekry: Direct from Cairo, virtuoso Mohamed Abozekry showcases Egypt's popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project
  • Youssra El Hawary: A musical storyteller of everyday life, Youssra El Hawary captures the tales of Cairo and the alchemy of the Mediterranean basin in her indie sound
  • Dina Elwedidi: A sophisticated musical innovator, Dina Elwedidi weaves together the personal threads of Egyptian heritage and contemporary identity


Al Spendiaryan Qanon Ensemble

Founded by musician and educator Tsovinar Hovhannisyan, the Al Spendiaryan Qanon Ensemble was created to encourage Armenian girls and young women to take up an instrument traditionally played by men. The Ensemble has produced virtuosic musicians, sparking a “gender revolution” in their wake and bringing fresh energy to concert.

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Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake is a collaboration between Afghan American vocalist Humayun Khan and renowned composer Douglas J. Cuomo that blends the raga tradition of southeast Asia and poetry of Sufi masters with the harmony and improvisation of jazz, they create a joyfully virtuosic music that celebrates the cultural diversity that is Americas's highest ideal.

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Sahba Motallebi

Sahba Motallebi, recognized internationally as a modern virtuoso of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world’s great musical traditions.

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Farah Siraj

Farah Siraj, Jordanian virtuoso vocalist, spreads a message of peace through writing and performing original compositions. Her art is influenced by Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz, bossa, and pop with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish, and English.

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Hamid El Kasri

Hamid El Kasri, one of the most sought after maalems and a master musician in the Moroccan gnawa Afro-Islamic spiritual tradition, performed on the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage on March 17, 2018.

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Simon Shaheen - Benefit Concert

Date: October 15, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00–11:00 P.M.
Place: Weston Arlington Gateway, , 801 N Glebe RD, Arlington VA 22203
Tickets: $40.00 online

Simon Shaheen, master musician and teacher, will perform a concert benefiting for End the Israeli Occupation.  He is at once a reservoir of Arabic music legacy and adventurer into new frontiers of music – honored in 1994 with an NEA National Heritage Award.  If you haven't heard him, come see; if you have heard him, you know what's waiting...!