Showing posts with label Arabian Shakespeare Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arabian Shakespeare Festival. Show all posts

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Nov 5 'Arabology' Podcast Includes Indie Arabic Music + 2 Interviews

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology912

Arabology 9.12 aired on November 5 and included many new indie/alternative Arabic tracks including the debut of Mashrou' Leila's new song and exciting tracks by other artists listed below.  The show also featured a live interview with musical genius Gurumiran (promoting his new 'Aberrance' CD) and a chat with 'Kalam Nawaem' Host Nadia Kamal.

You can listen to the podcast below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology912



Playlist for Arabology (Artist/Track/Album)
1, Zeid Hamdan & Marc Codsi/Wein El Ahweh/Café Super Brasil
2. Sadat and Fifty/ 3ammi ya khal/ Generation Bass
3. DAM/ Who You Are (Meen Inta)/ Single
4. Khebez Dawle/ Bet'ammer/ Khebez Dawle
5. Ashara Gharbi/ Masry/Single
6. Kamel Badarneh/ The Aesthetics of Chaos/ Single Project
7. Interview with Nadia Ahmad, Host of 'Kalam Nawa3im'
8. Gurumiran / She Is/ Aberrance
9. Interview with Gurumiran (Miran Gurunian)
10. Gurumiran/ English Tea / Aberrance
11. Terez Sliman/ Will You Come Dream (Tiji Nihlam)/Almond Blossom
12. Saad Lamjarred/ Enta M3lm/ Enta M3lm
13. Mashrou' Leila/ Maghawir/ Ibn El Leil
14. Tanjaret Daghet/ Farmer's Dining Table/ 180 Degrees/Tanjaret Daghet
15. Dalton/ Alech/ Habibi Funk+Jakarta Records
16. Maurice Louca/ Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan(Salute the Parrot)/Nawa Recordings

Thursday, August 6, 2015

4 Short Plays from Arabian Shakespeare Festival on Aug 8 (SF)


The Arabian Shakespeare Festival is presenting 4 Short Plays created with inspiration from one of Shakespeare's Sonnets or the Poetry of Sidi Abderrahman el Mejdub and Abeliziz Al Magrouhi (arab poets from the same period). Actors and directors will put the play up with well under 10 hours of rehearsal!

New works written by Barry Eitel, Elmaz Abinader, David Graham and Deema Shehabi.

For more info and tickets, see http://m.bpt.me/event/1582798


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nov 6 'Arabology' Podcast Highlights 'Songs from a Stolen Spring' + Arabian Shakespeare Festival

This Arabology episode (aired on Nov 6, 2014) highlights 'Songs from a Stolen Spring'--a new CD compilation by Valley Entertainment which focuses on the theme of freedom by fusing Western musicians with such Arab artists as Rim Banna, Dina El Wedidi, Massar Egbari, Eskenderella, Mounir Troudi, Ramy Essam, Lobna Noomene and Tania Saleh who also discusses her participation in this project in a pre-recorded interview.



This show also includes an interview with William J Brown III, Founder and Artistic Director of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival (taking place in San Francisco Nov 13-23, 2014).


ABOUT THE 'SONGS FROM A STOLEN SPRING CD اغاني من ربيع مسروق:


Reviewed by Ramzi Salti.  All tracks FCC safe
This is the second East/West fusion CD by Valley Entertainment Inc where the producers attempt to mix Western songs and artists with songs by various world artists.  Their previous CD was ‘Lullabies from the Axis of Evil’ in 2004. This new compilation  pairs Western singers and songs of ‘freedom’ with an impressive array of indie/independent Arab singers. 

1. Feedom/A New Beginning--features Blind Boys of Alabama singing Richie Havens’ ‘Freedom’ with Egypt’s Eskenderella singing ‘Safha Gedeeda.’ 5:24
2. Not a Word Was Spoken/ Dancing in the Streets--brings Lebanese singer Tania Saleh singing ‘Ma Elna Shi’ with American bluesman Terry Evans. 4:57
3. A Simple Song of Freedom/Once We Were True Rebels--combines Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel with Tunisia’s Mounir Troudi singing ‘Trop Tard’ in Arabic [lyrics by poet Fouad Al-Hamdi] 5:00
4. Beyond These Doors/Get Up, Stand Up--mixes Egypt’s Dina El Wedidi with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. 7:15
5. Ol’ Mother Earth/I Still Exist fuses Maria McKee with Massar Egbari, a popular Egyptian band that sings ‘Ana Mawgood.’ 5:48
6. Bread, Freedom/ If I Can Dream--combines Egyptian revolutionary singer Ramy Essam with bluesman Mighty Sam McClain. 4:45
7. Danger Zone--by Soozie Tyrell (E Street Band) in English.
8. Break Your Fears--by Palestinian singer Rim Banna continues the feel of the previous track, but in Arabic.
9. Once Upon a Time/Many Rivers to Cross—by Tunisia’s Lobna Noomene and film singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott.

You can download this CD from iTunes and at THIS LINK.

ABOUT WILLIAM J BROWN III, FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF 'ARABIAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL':


Dr Ramzi Salti (left) with William J Brown III at KZSU Studio

I was honored to interview William J Brown III for this show. William J. Brown III is the Founding Ars Director of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival.  As an actor he has performed from California to the United Arab Emirates. As a teacher he has taught theatre to students ages 6-18 and is a Resident Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.  He earned his BA in Theatre, Dance and History from Santa Clara University, his MA in Theatre from San Jose State University, and has studied at the American Shakespeare Center and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

My interview with William who discusses the Arabian Shakespeare Festival begins at minute 33:35 in the podcast below:






To hear the entire Nov 6 Arabology podcast go to:






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