Thursday, July 2, 2015

Malek Jandali Honored by The Carnegie Corporation of New York




Syiran-American pianist/composer Malek Jandali was honored today as a 2015 Great Immigrant - The Pride of America by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  Established in 1911, the Carnegie Corporation of New York is honoring a distinguished group of accomplished immigrants who have helped advance and enlighten our society, culture, and economy. Both The New York Times and The Guardian will feature the 38 honorees and their accomplishments on Independence Day, July 4,2015.

The 2015 Great Immigrants come from more than 30 countries around the world and represent leadership in a wide range of professions. They include Nobel laureates Arieh Warshel and Thomas C. Südhof; Google Engineering Director Craig Nevill-Manning; Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Thomas Campbell; Atlanta Braves coach Eddie Pérez; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin; Pulitzer Prize-winners Geraldine Brooks and Anne Telnaes; actress Sofía Vergara; singer Thalía and television game show host Alex Trebek.



Last month Malek Jandali released The Moonlight  طلع البدر, an original symphonic work for piano and orchestra recorded in Moscow with The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. It is based on one of the oldest songs in Islamic culture, Tala Al Badru Alayna, dating back more than 1400 years. 

You can listen to this work below or at https://youtu.be/xPI-lf-oN8U

 

The Moonlight is now available on iTunes and CDBaby worldwide.



The Malek Jandali Trio performed in the UAE last month to sold out audiences in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Abu Dhabi Classic FM Radio featured Variations for Piano and Orchestra which is based on an ancient Syrian folk melody and is featured in the latest album Syrian Symphony.

Notes For My Homeland a short documentary film featured recently on National Geographic and premiered by the Newest Americans project at Rutgers University after the release of Syrian Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

BBC - NPR Music - VOA - NBC News - Al Arabiya TV - Fox News -
Al Jazeera - The Huffington Post - News 12 New Jersey - Al Hurra TV 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Santa Cruz Arabic Music Week



Check out this amazing event which is coming up on July 19-25 at Pleasure Point FDC in Santa Cruz, CA. Registration form and detailed schedule at THIS LINK.

This is a weeklong celebration of Arabic Music with instruction, workshops, performances in Arabic singing, instrumental music, percussion, and even a bit of dance. Instructors this year include Antoine Lammam for percussion, Elias Lammam, voice, maqam theory, ensemble, Arabic music history and subgenres, rhythms, improvisation and taqsim, Sarah Michael, assistant music director, Janelle Rodriguez, oriental dance, Carolé Acuña, flamenco, and Tina Enheduanna, oriental dance.

This year there will be two phases of the week-long event: a two-day Bootcamp for musicians new to Arabic music (less than 3 years experience) on July 19-20; and a four-day intensive for more advanced students of Arabic music. The week will end with an evening of performances for family, friends and the public. There will be additional performance opportunities in the evenings throughout the week.

Instruments: traditional Arabic instruments such as qanun, oud, riqq, rebab, etc., as well as traditional Western instruments: accordion, violin, bass, guitar & other strings, woodwinds, brass instruments, and keyboard; percussion instruments such as riqq (tambourine), tabla/doumbek, and various frame drums.

July 19-20: Intensive immersion program for musicians, drummers & singers who are new to Arabic music.
July 19 from 1-5 pm: Dancer-friendly overview of Arabic music including: learn to sing your first Arabic song, percussion, history, famous figures in Arabic music, & more.

July 21-25: A wide variety of classes in Arabic music, percussion & singing at a more advanced level.
Percussion-only track also available, afternoons from July 19-25. See registration form for details.

July 24: The participant ensemble will perform live music with dance performances by our dance faculty & workshop participants.

July 25: Full concert by the participant ensemble and our instructors (myself, Tony Lammam and Sarah Michael).

Both of the shows on July 24-25 are open to the public. Tickets just $5 adv or $10 at the door.

Evening Dance Program: Dance workshops with

Janelle Rodriguez, July 20-21,
Carole Acuna, Flamenco, July 22
Tina Enheduanna, July 23

Join the FB event page for updates:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1603223289894322/

Check out some new videos of our instructors on our Youtube channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHYPKpehgeOX_32f_0NyaHw/videos?flow=grid&view=0&sort=p




Monday, May 25, 2015

Pierre Dulaine at Stanford on Friday May 29 (Noon + 7pm)

TWO events for Ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine were planned at Stanford on Friday May 29 (see flier below):

1. Noon Lunch Talk at Language Center (Building 30-102): SEE VIDEO BELOW
Mr. Dulaine discussed his 'Dancing Classrooms' method which he applied in his award winning documentary Dancing in Jaffa to bring Arab and Jewish children together through dance. Mr. Dulaine spoke about the film, his journey into the world of dance and his experience as a Judge on the Arabic version of the TV show 'So You Think You Can Dance.' Includes audio-visual intro by Dr. Ramzi Salti.  See video at https://youtu.be/h2aQzq4H1qk



2. 7pm Screening of Dancing in Jaffa + Q&A with Pierre Dulaine (Building 260-113):
Arrive by 6:30 pm for a live performance by the Stanford Middle East Ensemble, followed by a screening of the film at 7 pm + Q&A with Mr. Dulaine (moderated by Ramzi Salti). Dinner Provided.  Watch video below or at https://youtu.be/uEQ1NAz6beo



Events were sponsored by the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford Language Center, Division of Literatures Cultures and Languages, Department of Comparative Literature, The Department of Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS), ITALIC, Arab Students Association at Stanford, Hillel, Jewish Student Association, the Arab Film Festival and a generous artsCatalyst grant by the Stanford Arts Institute.

About Pierre Dulaine:



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gibran Poetry Night w/ Ramzi Salti at Stanford (May 22 @ 6 pm)



Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti gave a talk about Lebanese Poet جبران خليل جبران / Khalil Gibran this Friday on May 22 at 6 pm at Stanford Markaz Resource Center at Stanford University.  The evening focused on Gibran's poems in Arabic, followed by elaboration and explanation in English--plus various musical renderings by Fairuz.

Here is a video recording of the event (https://youtu.be/B7vEClRcDKs) followed by pictures from the talk.




Pictures from Gibran Poetry Night at Stanford:









Saturday, May 16, 2015

5/12 Arabology Podcast Available

Arabology 9.10 Podcast https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology910

This episode of 'Arabology' aired on May 12, 2015.  The podcast includes new music by Algerian singer Souad Massi (based on Al Motanabi poem and translated to English) + the latest track by Egypt's Badrawies Project + Jordanian indie music by El Morabba3-المربّع and ZA'ED NA'ES زائد ناقص (ft. Muhammad Abdullah) + Morocco's OUM + various songs by Mike Massy and Maya Waked (both of whom are also interviewed). This podcast includes an inspiring interview with Hamza Chraibi, Founder of Arab Excellence, and an interview with writer Maisaa Al-Hatemi including a reading of one of her daring short stories in Arabic and English. Also includes a chat with Serge Bakalian, Executive Director of the Arab Film Festival, and a conversation with Adam Eltoukhy and Waleed Mohsen, Founders of Mohsen Arts Foundation + interview and Oud music by this year's grant winner Bangin Kanjo.

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