The Graduate Center Elebash Hall
365 Fifth Avenue
(bet. 34th and 35th Streets)
Trains: B,D,F,M to 34th St.; 6 to 33rd St.
Tickets $25; $20 for Graduate Center Members and Students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)
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Marking the First Anniversary of the Arab Spring, the impeccably creative oud and violin virtuoso and composer Simon Shaheen will perform an evening of songs and freedom anthems of the 1950s that have found new resonance in the recent Middle Eastern and North African revolutions. He will also perform the New York premiere of his composition “The Call” with a guest dancer.
Simon Shaheen, the Palestinian-American 'ud and violin maestro, composer and bandleader, holds a special place in the U.S. as ambassador, advocate and educator of Arabic music in the West. Known for his stunning improvisations and groundbreaking collaborations, Simon's technique, ingenuity and artistry incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while exploring new directions. Simon has worked with the Arab world's superstars, has opened for Sting, and continuously tours worldwide. Simon will be joined by Nidal Ibourk, vocals; Najib Shaheen: oud; Bassam Saba: ney; Peter Slavov: bass; Ali Amr: qanun and vocal; Tareq Rantisi, Percussion and guest dancer Elena Lantini.
"He has coaxed the oud's elastic, syncopated sound across musical borders, from classical Arabic compositions to contemporary jazz fusion. He has stretched social boundaries, too, establishing himself as an important interpreter of Arab culture for Western audiences." - NY Times