Friday, April 30, 2021

Ramzi Salti Interviews Iraqi-Jordanian Violinist Layth Sidiq

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Stanford Lecturer + Arabology Host Dr. Ramzi Salti recently spoke to Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq ليث صِدّيْق  in an audio-visual interview which includes an exclusive live performance as well as the following musical excerpts: 
  • 0:00​ - 01:14​ Bagdad by Layth Sidiq (Album: Son of Tigris) 
  • 15:10​ - 16:27​ Eastern Waves by Layth Sidiq (Album: Son of Tigris) 
  • 19:17​ - 20:32​ Foag El-Nakhal by Layth Sidiq, Rohith Jayaraman (Album: Hamsa) 
  • 30:13​ - 30:51​ Zaha Bi Khadayk al-Khafar - زها بخديك الخفر by Layth Sidiq; Violin arrangement: Mohammed Othman Sidiq (Full video at​) 
  • 33:50​ - 38:39​ Grief is a Journey | الحزن رحلة by Layth Siqiq (Performed Live)
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Layth Sidiq is an award-winning violinist, composer and educator and the current artistic director of the New York Arabic Orchestra. He has toured the world and shared the stage with major artists such as Simon Shaheen, Danilo Perez, Javier Limon and Jack Dejohnette, as well as performing in prestigious venues like the London Jazz Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, WOMEX Expo, Panama Jazz Festival and more. He is featured on multiple award-winning albums and his first record Son of Tigris was premiered at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016. In 2018, Layth won 2nd place at the Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition as the first Arab to ever participate, and he was also recently awarded 'Best International Artist' at the 2020 Boston Music Awards. He also directs the Center for Arabic Culture's Youth Orchestra Program in Boston and is a faculty member at Carnegie Hall’s ‘Music Educators Workshop.’ For more, go​ 

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Ramzi Salti Moderates Arab America Event Celebrating Literature, Poetry, Art, and Music

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In celebration of Arab American Heritage Month (April 2021), Arab America recently held a  monumental event titled "Celebrating Arab American Literature, Poetry, Arts, and Music" featuring 5 panelists whose work has much to inform any discourse that centers on Arab American culture(s), identity and history.  

The lineup featured such writers/performers as Nathalie Handal, Heather Raffo and Dana Dajani in addition to acclaimed Syrian America calligrapher/artist Dr, Mamoun Sakkal and Iraqi-Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq.  The event was moderated by Stanford Lecurer/Arabology host Dr. Ramzi Salti and was organized by Dr. Amal David and Warren David of Arab America

National Arab American Heritage Month--Celebrating Arab American Literature, Poetry, Arts, and Music from Arab America on Vimeo.

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Many to thanks to Arab America for this kind writeup about my participation in the event.  Complete article available at this link.


  • Nathalie Handal, Arab American (Palestinian), award-winning poet, writer, translator, and editor, professor of English and Creative Writing at Columbia University
  • Heather Raffo, Iraqi American, award-winning playwright, and actress whose work has been seen Off-Broadway, off West End, in regional theater, and in film.
  • Dana Dajani, Palestinian American, award-winning, author, poet, and actress who performs spoken-word poetry solo in theatrical style.
  • Dr. Mamoun Sakkal, Syrian American, award-winning calligrapher, artist, and designer of Arabic language typefaces, many of which are widely used as system fonts by Microsoft.
  • Layth Sidiq, Iraqi/Jordanian American, award-winning violinist, composer featured on Latin Grammy-nominated albums, lecturer of Arab music, director, Arab Music Ensemble, Tufts University. Watch my audiovisual interview with Layth at

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Info about all Arab America events commemorating National Arab American Heritage Month here.

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National Arab American Heritage Month--Celebrating Arab American Literature, Poetry, Arts, and Music from Arab America on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ramzi Salti Interviews Tania Saleh about Her Groundbreaking New Album

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Dr. Ramzi Salti has just interviewed Lebanese singer/songwriter/artist Tania Saleh (by Zoom) about her groundbreaking new album "10 A.D." which was released in March 2021. The interview, now available on Arabology's YouTube Channel, includes these audio-visual/musical excerpts from the album*:

1. The Most Beautiful Love Story أحلى قصة غرام (Listen at 00:00​)
2. You Are Going Astray انت رايح فين (Listen at 09:04​)
3. The Fan المروحة (Listen at 16:46​)
4. Anyone but You إلَا فيك (Listen at 19:43​)
5. The Fortune Teller بصّارة برّاجة (Listen at 24:04​)
6. Caveman مغارة (Listen at 30:09​)
7. I Hate Everything بكره (Listen at 30:31​)
8. We Are in a Fix حالتنا حالة (Listen at 33:21​)

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  • * All tracks licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • Official YouTube Playlist (ft. all album tracks with English subtitles): Click here
  • Tania Saleh's new album is available on all digital platforms:​Sample graphics from Tania Saleh's new album/YouTube lyric videos​
  • Album booklet available at:​
​Design and illustration: 
Tania Saleh Font usage:​​​ 
Label: Kirkelig Kulturverksted -​​ 
Words and music: Tania Saleh 
Music Producers: Tania Saleh & Øyvind Kristiansen 
Executive Producers: Tania Saleh & Erik Hillestad 
Arranged by: Edouard Torikian & Øyvind Kristiansen 
Recording engineers/Egypt: Michael Beskales & Maher Mallakh 
Recording and mix engineer/Norway: Martin Abrahamsen 
Mastering: Björn Engelmann - Cutting Room, Sweden
Tania Saleh: vocals and backing vocals 
Øyvind Kristiansen: piano and music programming 
Hazem Shahin: special guest on oud 
Hany Bedair: percussions 
Ahmed Kamary: kanoon 
Mohamed Al Ashry: double bass 
Moustafa Kerdany: drums 
Berit Cardas: violin1 
Emilie Lidsheim: violin2 
Einar Kyvik Bauge: viola 
Sverre Kyvik Bauge: cello 

Tania Saleh's album is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

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10th Anniversary of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program Features All Episodes on Soundcloud + YouTube (Click here)

All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's  Arabology  podcasts  are now available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes. Additionally, al...