Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

The Andalusian Trail: A Musical Journey Through the Middle East, North Africa and Spain

The Andalusian Trail: A musical Journey Through the Middle East, North Africa and Spain

Friday, April 26, 2019  ·  10:30 AM

Global Spotlight: Middle East
Grades: 5 - 12

Ronnie Malley with members of Surabhi Ensemble and Las Guitarras de España pay tribute to the cultural history of medieval Spain and its tradition of cross-cultural collaboration. This performance follows the trail of Ziryab, a 9th century musical legend from Baghdad, who brought al-oud (Middle Eastern lute) and a wealth of Eastern culture to Andalusia and the Iberian peninsula, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims co-existed for over seven centuries creating a unique and diverse society.

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Field Trips

The Old Town School of Folk Music Concert and Field Trip Series is an excellent way to complement your academic and fine arts curriculum. We offer programs for Pre-K through 12th Grade and showcase a wide variety of performances by our talented faculty and visiting artists from around the world. Your students will have an unforgettable educational and entertaining experience in one of Chicago's most celebrated performance spaces!

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Dance of Unity, Dance of Peace: An Evening of Rumi’s Poetry, Sufi Music, and Whirling Dervishes
Apr
28
8:30 PM20:30

Dance of Unity, Dance of Peace: An Evening of Rumi’s Poetry, Sufi Music, and Whirling Dervishes

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Dance of Unity, Dance of Peace with Al-Sham Ensemble and Dervishes

An Evening of Rumi’s Poetry, Sufi Music, and Whirling Dervishes

The music of the Sufi tradition, as well as poetry of Rumi and his teacher Shams al-Din Mohammad Tabrizi, will be featured throughout the ceremony. In tradition with the sama (listening) and dhikr (remembrance), Sufi rituals of unity, we invite you to join us with musicians and dervishes (dancers) in our ceremony of meditation, celebration, inspiration, and peace.

Brought to you in accordance with:

NAI Events Productions -
Specialized in live music events production. Booking live bands, musicians and other cultural productions with a focus on modern, traditional, and contemporary Arabic music.

Intercultural Music Production (ICMP)
Is a cultural arts organization committed to empowering a global community through performance, education, and production. The partners and artists at ICMP have worked with organizations and musicians from around the world and specialize in a variety of styles including Middle Eastern, North African, Andalusian, Greek, Turkish, South Asian music, and more. ICMP works extensively with international schools, consulates, interfaith groups, and arts organizations. With strong ties to the international music community through years of performing and teaching, ICMP also provides referrals and consultation for world music education and cultural events. For more information visit: www.interculturalmusic.com

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) 
Challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, "which unites all art media to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind." As an Ensemble, CDE collaboratively creates thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts, and literary text. For 18 years, CDE has created new works for the stage and has produced annual festivals bringing together artists from multiple disciplines. For more information visit: www.danztheatre.org

Musicians:
Hani Dahshan (Qanoun)

Bilal Malley (Percussion)

Khalil Malley (Percussion) 

Aboud Agha (Oud)

Naeif Rafeh (Nay)

Walid Hajali (Bass)

Mohanned Zahabi (Cello)

Emad Ibrahim (Violin)

Dancers:
Adnan Tarakji 

Ellyzabeth Adler 

Lucy Vurusic Riner

Maggie Robinson

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Vernon Hills Library: Concert of Sephardic & Ashkenazi Jewish Music with Lamajamal
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Vernon Hills Library: Concert of Sephardic & Ashkenazi Jewish Music with Lamajamal

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Vernon Hills Library Senior Series:
Concert of Sephardic & Ashkenazi Jewish Music with Lamajamal

Explore and enjoy the traditional music of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish communities with Chicago trio Lamajamal

This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online here, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any service desk in the library.

Vernon Area Public Library District
Location: Library - Meeting Room
Contact: Public Service Desk
Contact Number: 224-543-1485

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Sounds of New Music at North Central College with Ronnie Malley and Picosa Ensemble
Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Sounds of New Music at North Central College with Ronnie Malley and Picosa Ensemble

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Sounds of New Music with Ronnie Malley and Picosa Ensemble

April 15, 2019

7:30 pm

Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College

Tickets

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Program

Tanner Cassidy Ghidora (flute/violin/piano)
Jonathon Kirk | World Premiere with Ronnie Malley (flute/clarinet/violin/cello/piano/oud)
Olivier Messiaen | Quartet for the End of Time  (clarinet/violin/cello/piano)

Picosa Artists

Jennie Oh Brown | flute
Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin
Paula Kosower | cello
Kuang-Hao Huang | piano
Jonathon Kirk | Composer-in-Residence

Picosa’s concert for the Sounds of New Music Festival features three works that represent the excellence of the North Central College Music Department.  Ghidora for flute, violin, and piano was written for the ensemble in 2018 by NCC student Tanner Cassidy for the Sounds of New Music workshop.  Picosa has also been developing a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley, who will be performing with the ensemble. NCC Department Chair and faculty member Jonathon Kirk writes of his new work for Picosa and Malley: 

“The exciting prospect of a new collaboration between the chamber ensemble Picosa and Ronnie Malley began in the summer months of 2017. Most importantly, my interest in composing for one of Ronnie’s primary instruments, the oud, especially as it intersects with the Pierrot ensemble, stems from an enthusiasm for exploring musical sounds and traditions that are somewhat new to me.  I am interested in trying to connect my natural compositional interests with more narrative dance forms. The hope is to discover the rich background of musical sources that are embedded in the complex history of an instrument (the oud) that shares its cultural origins with Eastern Roman, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and North African musics–just to name a few. This piece will experiment with various instrumental timbres for Picosa’s instrumentation–including doubling on a Hurdy Gurdy, using unconventional hand-held percussion instruments, using electronic synthesis, and the use of spatialization. I am very excited about the prospect of creating a new dance music that is born out of unconventional music making, mutual consultation, and a love of classical music traditions and dance from all over the world.”  

Finally, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is a pièce de rèsistance in more ways than one and has been a featured work for NCC Music students.  Picosa’s performance is a culmination of NCC theory and composition studies as students experience The Quartet for the End of Time live and up-close.  Messiaen’s preface to the piece includes a quote from the Book of Revelation:

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire … and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth …. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever … that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished …”

Quartet for the End of Time was written while Messiaen was held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany, now in Poland, during World War II.  Fellow prisoners premiered the quartet outside in the freezing rain on January 15, 1941. The title of the work “The End of Time” not only refers to a representation of the apocalypse, but also musically to an end to traditional concepts of time.  Messiaen was a contemporary French composer who drew inspiration not only from his connection to the Paris Conservatory and his life as a noted contemporary composer, but also from non-western influences from Japan and Indonesian Gamelan, and perhaps most notably in nature itself through birdsongs.

Introducing this epic quartet on the program are two contrasting works.  Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, RV 84 is a light and charming baroque work that will be performed in a modern context on flute, violin, cello, and piano.  Chicago composer Seth Boustead’s Three for Zhou B for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello will be performed with artwork displayed by celebrated contemporary Chinese-American artists the Zhou brothers, ShanZuo and DaHuang Zhou. Join us for this eclectic program that explores the light with the dark and everything in between.

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Al-Wishah Dabke Dance Troupe Performance
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Al-Wishah Dabke Dance Troupe Performance

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Al-Wishah

USPCN-Chicago Presents Wishah Popular Dance Troupe in Chicago

The U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) is a Palestinian and Arab community-based organization founded in 2006 to revitalize Palestinian grass-roots organizing in the U.S.

Our guiding principles are self-determination and equality for the Palestinian people; the right of all Palestinian refugees, and their descendants, to return to their original homes and lands in historical Palestine; and ending zionist occupation and colonization of all Palestinian and Arab lands.

With chapters in eight states and DC, USPCN organizes campaigns and projects focused on Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS), defense against repression, political prisoners, arts and culture, political education, and solidarity with other oppressed communities. All Palestinians and Arabs can email membership@uspcn.org for more information about how you can join!

The Wishah Popular Dance Troupe was founded in 2003 by Mohamad Atta, who had also co-founded the El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe in the late 70s. Wishah's performances tell the story of Palestinian struggle and resilience, from the steadfastness of political prisoners to the joy of community celebrations. The 20-member group contributes to Palestinian cultural life by preserving it from marginalization, inspiring resistance, and advancing popular and folkloric dancing.

"As members of Wishah, we believe that popular dance, especially the Palestinian version, is not just dance in and of itself. We describe to audiences the role of artists and civilians in challenging Israeli occupation."

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Lupe Fiasco, Kayem, Neelam & Brother Ali Headlines Halal Lifestyle Festival
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Lupe Fiasco, Kayem, Neelam & Brother Ali Headlines Halal Lifestyle Festival

I Heart Halal Festival

Featuring Lupe Fiasco, Kayem, Neelam, & Brother Ali


Main Stage 8:00 – 10:00 pm 
All access and VIP tickets holders only! Experience a hip hop concert packed with positive messages. Gather with your friends for the concert everyone will be talking about!

*VIP or All Access Pass is Required to Attend the Evening Concert Event

I Heart Halal celebrates all the things that nourish you. At the first Halal lifestyle festival in the United States, you’ll experience food, fashion, fitness, beauty, entertainment and education plus headliner Lupe Fiasco.

Celebrate with friends and family and explore the broad and beautiful spectrum of all the stuff that leaves you feeling good, from cooking demonstrations to comedy shows to a grand bazaar offering products from health to finance to travel. This event delivers three packed days of fun, all under Navy Pier’s iconic domed roof. If you go for the VIP or All Access Pass, you’ll also get to see headliner Lupe Fiasco perform live.

Start Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
End Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: varies by date 
Location: Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: FREE – $50 (Ticketing processing fees apply.)

Buy Tickets

Purchase discount tickets to this event

Additional dates and times may be available. Times and prices vary by date. Please view ticketing page for details.

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Graphic Novel Symposium: Meet the writer of Ms. Marvel!
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Graphic Novel Symposium: Meet the writer of Ms. Marvel!

Graphic Novel Symposium

April 2019! Rescheduled Featured Event:


Meet the writer of 
Ms. Marvel!

G. Willow Wilson, writer of the award winning Ms. Marvel, will be giving two talks at Moraine Valley Community College.

  • April 10, 2019, 1pm, Dorothy Menker Theater (Building F)

  • April 11, 2019, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Dorothy Menker Theater (Building F)

Presented by Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America. Made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

- Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

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Graphic Novel Symposium: Meet the writer of Ms. Marvel!
Apr
10
1:00 PM13:00

Graphic Novel Symposium: Meet the writer of Ms. Marvel!

Graphic Novel Symposium

April 2019! Rescheduled Featured Event:


Meet the writer of
Ms. Marvel!

G. Willow Wilson, writer of the award winning Ms. Marvel, will be giving two talks at Moraine Valley Community College.

  • April 10, 2019, 1pm, Dorothy Menker Theater (Building F)

  • April 11, 2019, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Dorothy Menker Theater (Building F)

Presented by Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America. Made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

- Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

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Detour Guide by Karim Nagi
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Detour Guide by Karim Nagi

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY KARIM NAGI
DIRECTED BY ANNA C. BAHOW

CO-PRODUCED WITH STAGE LEFT THEATRE

SYNOPSIS

This one-man musical, co-produced with Stage Left Theatre, takes us on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab America. Using lyrics, percussion & an urban soundscape, master storyteller and musician Karim Nagi guides us through a social and political labyrinth, extolling the virtues of revolution, immigration, and hummus along the way.

INFO

DATES

March 11th thru April 7th, 2019
Fridays @ 8pm
Saturdays @ 4pm
Sundays @ 4pm
Mondays @ 7:30pm
Tuesdays @ 7:30

RUNTIME

90 min. (no intermission)

TICKETS

$38 General Seating

VENUE

Silk Road Rising at The Chicago Temple Building
77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall
Chicago, IL 60602

PARKING

$10 parking at 172 W Madison Street (valid for 6 hours --enough time to enjoy the performance, shop in the Loop, and dine in the neighborhood). We are close to every major train line; take public transport and avoid the traffic.

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Detour Guide by Karim Nagi
Apr
6
4:00 PM16:00

Detour Guide by Karim Nagi

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY KARIM NAGI
DIRECTED BY ANNA C. BAHOW

CO-PRODUCED WITH STAGE LEFT THEATRE

SYNOPSIS

This one-man musical, co-produced with Stage Left Theatre, takes us on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab America. Using lyrics, percussion & an urban soundscape, master storyteller and musician Karim Nagi guides us through a social and political labyrinth, extolling the virtues of revolution, immigration, and hummus along the way.

INFO

DATES

March 11th thru April 7th, 2019
Fridays @ 8pm
Saturdays @ 4pm
Sundays @ 4pm
Mondays @ 7:30pm
Tuesdays @ 7:30

RUNTIME

90 min. (no intermission)

TICKETS

$38 General Seating

VENUE

Silk Road Rising at The Chicago Temple Building
77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall
Chicago, IL 60602

PARKING

$10 parking at 172 W Madison Street (valid for 6 hours --enough time to enjoy the performance, shop in the Loop, and dine in the neighborhood). We are close to every major train line; take public transport and avoid the traffic.

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CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED TICKETS

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Celebrate Islamic Heritage Month: Exploring The Muslim World Through Music
Apr
6
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Islamic Heritage Month: Exploring The Muslim World Through Music

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Celebrate Islamic Heritage Month with music by Ronnie Malley & Nedal Hamdan

Exploring The Muslim World Through Music

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

4:00 - 6:00 pm

All events are FREE to the public.

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures 
201 E. Pascagoula St
Jackson, MS 39201  

Ronnie Malley - performer, producer, educator

Ronnie Malley - performer, producer, educator

Nedal Hamdan

Nedal Hamdan

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Detour Guide by Karim Nagi
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Detour Guide by Karim Nagi

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY KARIM NAGI
DIRECTED BY ANNA C. BAHOW

CO-PRODUCED WITH STAGE LEFT THEATRE

SYNOPSIS

This one-man musical, co-produced with Stage Left Theatre, takes us on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab America. Using lyrics, percussion & an urban soundscape, master storyteller and musician Karim Nagi guides us through a social and political labyrinth, extolling the virtues of revolution, immigration, and hummus along the way.

INFO

DATES

March 11th thru April 7th, 2019
Fridays @ 8pm
Saturdays @ 4pm
Sundays @ 4pm
Mondays @ 7:30pm
Tuesdays @ 7:30

RUNTIME

90 min. (no intermission)

TICKETS

$38 General Seating

VENUE

Silk Road Rising at The Chicago Temple Building
77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall
Chicago, IL 60602

PARKING

$10 parking at 172 W Madison Street (valid for 6 hours --enough time to enjoy the performance, shop in the Loop, and dine in the neighborhood). We are close to every major train line; take public transport and avoid the traffic.

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CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED TICKETS

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Little Syria: Featuring Omar Offendum with Ronnie Malley & Thanks Joey
Apr
3
10:00 PM22:00

Little Syria: Featuring Omar Offendum with Ronnie Malley & Thanks Joey

Little Syria Performance

Featuring Omar Offendum with Ronnie Malley & Thanks Joey

Set amidst the backdrop of the fabled Little Syria neighborhood in NYC (1880-1940), this unique performance project bridges hip-hop & live Arabic instrumentation with the time-honored “Hakawati” storytelling traditions of the Levant. Offendum (Syria via LA) is joined by oud virtuoso Ronnie Malley (Palestine via Chicago) and DJ/beatmaker Thanks Joey (Syria via Brooklyn), to uncover what life in the heart of Arab-America was like over a century ago, while informing much of what is happening today in terms of immigration, xenophobia, Syria, and the ever-evolving notion of an “American dream.”

Lapop Washington DC: A Cultural Salon

An intellectual sanctuary, where the community can come together and participate in conversations about art, literature, and culture.

Litter Syria also presented Monday April 29, 2019 at The Kennedy Center Citizen Artists Conference. Sponsored by The Smithsonian Institute and Kennedy Center

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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Omar Offendum Residency: Work in Progress Showing: Little Syria

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Omar Offendum’s University of Michigan residency culminates with a work-in-progress performance. Set amidst the backdrop of the fabled Little Syria neighborhood in NYC (1880-1940), this unique performance project bridges hip-hop & live Arabic instrumentation with the time-honored “Hakawati” storytelling traditions of the Levant. Offendum (Syria via LA) is joined by oud virtuoso Ronnie Malley (Palestine via Chicago) and DJ/beatmaker Thanks Joey (Syria via Brooklyn), to uncover what life in the heart of Arab-America was like over a century ago, while informing much of what is happening today in terms of immigration, xenophobia, Syria, and the ever-evolving notion of an “American dream.”

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Hold Celebration with Surabhi Ensemble - Navy Pier Chicago
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Hold Celebration with Surabhi Ensemble - Navy Pier Chicago

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HOLI

Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” Free public programming, presented by ComEd! 

SCHEDULED ENTERTAINMENT

COLOR THROWING IN THE MILLER LITE BEER GARDEN

Come participate in this colorful Holi tradition! Colored powder available while supplies last from 1pm-4pm in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

  • Red Baraat (Aon Grand Ballroom)

  • Funkadesi (Aon Grand Ballroom)

  • Surahbi Ensemble (Aon Grand Ballroom)

  • DJ Krush (Miller Lite Beer Garden)

DANCE PERFORMANCES

  • Mandala Arts (Aon Grand Ballroom)

  • Bollywood Groove (Aon Grand Ballroom)

  • Ishti (Aon Grand Ballroom)

  • Peirce Elementary School (Aon Grand Ballroom)

More info at navy pier.com

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DANCE OF UNITY, DANCE OF PEACE: An Evening of Rumi’s Poetry, Sufi Music, and Whirling Dervishes
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

DANCE OF UNITY, DANCE OF PEACE: An Evening of Rumi’s Poetry, Sufi Music, and Whirling Dervishes

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DANCE OF UNITY, DANCE OF PEACE

MARCH 9 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Plymouth Congregational Church 

501 West Berry Fort Wayne, IN

Rumi’s Poetry, Sufi Music, and Whirling Dervishes

13th century Persian, Jalal al-Din Rumi, is America’s best-selling poet the last decade. Founder of the “Whirling Dervishes,” his mystical poetry paints poignant, beautiful images of the unity of all Being, harmony with all creation, and; Divine Love.

Our friend Ronnie Malley of Intercultural Music brings together Sufi musicians, chorus, and dervishes (dancers) for an evening of meditation, celebration, inspiration, and peace.

Area peace, justice, and social service organizations will have displays of their community work.

Adult Tickets – $20

Student Tickets - $10

Children under 12 free  

With support from National Endowment for the Arts and Indiana Arts Commission.

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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Mar
2
7:15 PM19:15

Convivencia: Music Across Three Faiths

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Convivencia: Music Across Three Faiths

 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 8:00 pm

Grace Church on-the-Hill

300 Lonsdale Avenue 
Toronto, 
ON M4V 1X4 Canada

Jews, Muslims, and Christians co-existed in relative peace during the Convivencia period in Medieval and Renaissance Spain. A surprising amount of cultural amalgamation took place in the arts: Classic Greek texts were translated simultaneously into Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin. Architecture blended elements of synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals. The music of all three religions also flourished, with each borrowing stylistic elements from the others. Blending Sephardic folk songs, classical Arabic melodies, and Spanish polyphony, this dynamic concert revels in the musical exchange that took place between the world’s three great monotheistic religions.

Lucas Harris, lute, conductor • Nell Snaidas, guest curator, voice, guitar • Ronnie Malley, oud, voice • Daphna Mor, recorder, ney, voice • Ben Grossman, percussion

Pre-concert chat at 7:15 with Nell Snaidas, Ronnie Malley, & Daphna Mor

Supported by the Pluralism Fund

Toronto Chamber Choir https://torontochamberchoir.ca

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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griot.jpg

AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

griot.jpg

AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

American Griot: Original Play Explores Muslim Influence on the American Blues

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griot.jpg

AMERICAN GRIOT

BY REGINALD EDMUND AND RONNIE MALLEY
DIRECTED BY DR. CRAIG ROSEN

Moraine Valley Community College Academic Theater’s upcoming 2018-19 season includes the world premiere of “American Griot” by former Moraine Valley student Ronnie Malley, and Reginald Edmund, Feb. 21-March 3 at John and Angeline Oremus Theater as part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America project.

American Griot is an original play exploring the often overlooked history of early African Muslims forced into American slavery and the influence they had on what would become the American music genre known as the blues. Told through the lens of Mamadou, an 18th century griot (African storyteller musician), the audience is taken on a musical journey to the crossroads of Africa and America revealing the shared history of Islam and the blues on both continents.

John and Angeline Oremus Theater @ Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

$15 General Public
$12 Seniors, Staff
$10 Students (with ID) and Children unless otherwise noted
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.


MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

The Grant

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center has been awarded a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The grant program supports mission-critical projects that demonstrate the power of the arts to strengthen communities and increase intercultural understanding across America. The Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity APAP grant program is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

The Project

Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America.

MOSAICS: MUSLIM VOICES IN AMERICA

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

AMERICAN GRIOT PRESS:

Moraine Valley Alum Presents Original Play 'American Griot'

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Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Lamajamal performance Sequence Chicago at Navy Pier

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Lamajamal

SEQUENCE CHICAGO: CHICAGO CULTURE MARKET

Join us for Sequence Chicago, featuring special performances from local artists and a culture market featuring local artisans.

This week’s Culture Market vendors include Pilsen Outpost,  Reformed SchoolBodega 18 and Adorn Chicago.

Presented by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Sequence Chicago is a free dynamic performance series celebrating local artists, musicians and cultural organizations and showcasing their works. Navy Pier will display Chicago’s diverse arts scene over the course of 9 dates this fall and winter. All performances are free and open to the public. LEARN MORE

LAMAJAMAL

MIDDLE EASTERN, NORTH AFRICAN, BALKAN, TURKISH, GREEK, SOUTH ASIAN

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH 4 - 5 PM

Lamajamal, a palindrome for jamal, the Arabic word for beauty, is an ensemble that explores classical, folk, and sacred music traditions from around the world. With each member trained in various musical traditions and instruments, the group has an extensive repertoire from the Middle East, North Africa, Balkans, Turkey, Greece, and South Asia. For over ten years, Lamajamal has established itself as a vanguard in the world music market performing at international festivals, renowned venues, interfaith events, as well as houses of worship for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim services. Lamajamal’s core mission is to identify historical and social commonalities among different musical styles, cultures, and religions to foster a sense of global citizenry.

 PERFORMANCES ALSO INCLUDE:

Ursa Ensemble 3:00pm-4:00pm

Lamajamal 4:00pm-5:00pm 

Free Write Sound & Vision presents DJ 1 Solo 5:00pm-6:00pm

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Egyptian Music at The Field Museum
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Egyptian Music at The Field Museum

Egyptian music inspired by the exhibit Mummies

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Join us at The Field Museum Saturday November 17th from 11am-2pm for two family-friendly musical performances with Hani Dahshan and Naeif Rafeh, members of the Diwan Al Han Ensemble. Discover the music of Egypt and instrumentation including kanoun (lap harp), oud (lute), and ney (flute).

11am and 1:30pm, across from the Crown Family PlayLab at the Field Museum

Explore science through play. 

Designed for children between two and six years old, the Crown Family PlayLab is an interactive, hands-on space that makes learning an adventure. Every aspect of the exhibition offers an invitation to curious kids to become junior scientists for the day.

Early learners can explore world cultures through music, crawl inside a dinosaur’s nest, or play paleontologist with dinosaur bones—and that’s just the beginning. With opportunities for discovery for young children, this exhibition presents a new adventure every time you visit. The Crown Family PlayLab invites you to join us for Art and Science Spotlight, a special program that brings storytellers, musicians, painters, and other performers to the Museum to meet you and your little one!

Mummies

In Mummies, uncover the lives of the people inside—from their families, work, and religious beliefs, to the objects they chose to bring into the afterlife.

This extraordinary, limited-time exhibition features mummies from ancient Peru and Egypt. Made up entirely of objects from our collection, the exhibition includes 14 mummies, intricately decorated coffins and mummy masks, ceramic items, and mummified animals. Seeing ancient Peruvian and Egyptian mummies in the same space brings to light the differences and similarities between these cultures. 

Using non-invasive CT scanning and other cutting-edge technologies, our scientists can digitally peer through layers dating back thousands of years to reveal the human lives behind the gilded coffins and once-mysterious bundles. Explore their discoveries firsthand through interactive touch tables. These mummies paint a rich picture of people from a different time—and the cultures that lived on after their deaths.

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A Celebration of Arabic Classical & Folk Music with Lubana Al Quntar and Al Sham Ensemble
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

A Celebration of Arabic Classical & Folk Music with Lubana Al Quntar and Al Sham Ensemble

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A Celebration of Arabic Classical & Folk Music with Lubana Al Quntar and Al Sham Ensemble

FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required and can be reserved at https://lubana.brownpapertickets.com

Sunday, October 21st 6pm
Wayne County Community College WCCCD's Downriver Campus at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center 21000 Northline Rd, Taylor, Michigan

Lubana Al Quntar, Syrian Classical Arabic and Western Opera singer, returns to Michigan with Al Sham Ensemble for "A Celebration of Arabic Classical and Folk Music". The concert is a special presentation that is part of a global music series curated by the college to celebrate the diversity of the surrounding communities. 

Lubana Al Quntar is deeply rooted in classical Arabic music. Related to the singer and actress Amal Al Atrash, whose brother was the renowned composer and singer Farid Al Atrash, Lubana studied Western opera and became the first Syrian opera singer to attain international recognition appearing in concerts throughout Europe. She came to the United States in 2012 and has performed nationally, including a concert for Syrian refugee children at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Arab Women in Music concert with the NAO National Arab Orchestra of Michigan

Al Sham Ensemble is a traditional takht sharqi (Middle Eastern chamber ensemble) comprised of artists residing in Chicago and Michigan with backgrounds from Syria, Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan. The ensemble performs a repertoire of Middle Eastern, Egyptian, and Andalusian classical and folk music on a combination of traditional and Western instruments including the oud, qanoun, nay, violin, cello, and percussion. Al Sham Ensemble members: Ronnie MalleyNaeif RafehHani Al-Dahshan, Mohannad Alzahabi, Emad Roshdy, and Roger Kashou.

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Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

City Winery: Surabhi Ensemble Global Tour Project with special guest Massamba Diop

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Massamba Diop - Talking Drum

Massamba Diop - Talking Drum

Surabhi Ensemble Global Tour Project with special guest: Massamba Diop, featured “talking drum” artist from the Black Panther movie soundtrack. October 15th 7:30pm City Winery Chicago

This special performance is presented in support of the upcoming Surabhi Ensemble Global Peace Tour to schools, community centers, and concert venues in Asia, Europe, and Africa in January 2019. World class guest artists and friends will join the ensemble for an evening of great global fusion music and dance from the Indian, Arabic, Spanish and African traditions. The simple message is: “One Stage. One Music. One Community.”

This show will sell out! Reserve your tickets now ! Featured Event on DO312

Presented By: Las Guitarras de España, Intercultural Music Production, Ensemble of Ragas

Sponsored by: City Winery Chicago, Neoteric Nutra, Studio Mangiameli, and V-Dogs Chicago


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Members of the award-winning global fusion group, Surabhi Ensemble are taking their art and positive message to schools, community centers, and concert halls in Vietnam, Portugal, Spain, and Senegal in January 2019 and will collaborate with renowned artists in each country they visit. 

"The world needs the music and message of the Surabhi Ensemble. Their self-titled debut is a cultural touchstone bringing together the music of different global cultures in a free-wheeling folksy, jazzy, jammy good time...the intent is a positive message of togetherness." - Worldbeat Extravaganza

MISSION:

The mission of the Surabhi Ensemble is to demonstrate the connections between cultures and to teach a positive message of togetherness in creating, performing, and demonstrating new works of music and dance. Members of the performance group also work with schools, hospitals, community organizations, and cultural centers to share this positive message of cultural unity and outreach. 

ABOUT:

Surabhi Ensemble is a global music and dance collective representing different cultures. The group was founded by Indian veena artist Saraswathi Ranganathan in 2010 and is based in Chicago. The ensemble began with the intention of producing cross-cultural music influenced by Indian raga. It has grown to include Arab Maqam music from North Africa, the Middle East as well as Spanish flamenco, with Andalusia, Spain (Al-Andalus in Arabic) being the natural end point to the journey of the many cultures represented within the Surabhi Ensemble. 

The mission of the Surabhi Ensemble is to demonstrate the connections between cultures and to teach a positive message of togetherness in creating, performing, and demonstrating new works of music and dance. Members of the group work in many settings such as schools, hospitals, theaters, concert halls, festivals, refugee organizations, neighborhood parks, and cultural centers to bring this positive message of cultural unity and outreach.

The artists in the Surabhi Ensemble are dynamic individuals who have traveled the world to study, teach, perform and to gather materials in an effort to create new music with a diverse and rich palette. The group has taken extra time and care to absorb and integrate the rhythms, melodies, and musical structures of the various cultures represented. Some of this work has now been recorded and released on the self-titled debut from the Surabhi Ensemble. In addition to Saraswathi Ranganathan on veena, the ensemble features Ronnie Malley (Arab oud and vocals), Carlo Basile (Spanish guitar), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Bob Garrett (percussion), Kinnari Vora (Indian folk, classical, and modern dance) and special guest Leticia Aravena (Spanish flamenco and Arab dance). The ensemble has also enjoyed collaborating with many guest artists including Mamadou Tama (African “talking” drums), Greg Nergaard (bass), Kinan Abou-afach (cello), Chihsuan Yang (violin and erhu), and Morikeba Kouyate (kora).

Members of the award-winning global fusion group, Surabhi Ensemble are taking their art and positive message to schools, community centers, and concert halls in Vietnam, Portugal, Spain, and Senegal in January 2019 and will collaborate with renowned artists in each country they visit. The mission of the Surabhi Ensemble is to demonstrate the connections between cultures and to teach a positive message of togetherness in creating, performing, and demonstrating new works of music and dance. Members of the performance group also work with schools, hospitals, community organizations, and cultural centers to share this positive message of cultural unity and outreach. The group’s founder, Saraswathi Ranganathan (Indian veena artist) was recently named “Best Asian Entertainer of the Year” at the 2018 Chicago Music Awards and directs the Ensemble of Ragas School of music. Ronnie Malley (Oud) has achieved much acclaim for his work with international artists, original music compositions for film and theater, and teaching experience in ethnomusicology. Carlo Basile (Spanish Guitar) brings a percussive global Spanish guitar sound to the ensemble along with original compositions, teaching experience from his world travels to over 30 countries, and background in social work through music. These three artists form the core of the Surabhi Ensemble.

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Wala3at: Indigenous Interactive Cypher

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"Wala3at" is a series of Palestinian-Indigenous art/music/dance resistance sessions geared to creating a shared, transformative space for indigenous, brown, and Black folks to build and share their histories of pain, joy, and resistance.

For this particular session, we are centering a mix of Native American and Mexican heritage and will be featuring Ida y Vuelta (www.idayvueltamusic.com) and the Aadizookaan (www.adzkn.com); we will also be featuring Palestinian musician Ronnie Malley from Chicago. 

***Please read the following before you RSVP your ticket! ***

In order to create a space dedicated to centering Black, brown, and indigenous peoples, "Wala3at" will operate on a few parameters:

1) This is not an entertainment event. This is an invested space committed to build and transform.
2) Participation is prioritized for Black, brown, and indigenous people. If you identify otherwise and would very much like to attend, please DM us and we will let you know about extra available tickets closer to the time of the event!
3) Space will be limited. We have reserved a number of tickets for folks with low income to better facilitate an accessible space for all. Please DM us so we can confidentially accommodate you.
4) The space will be accessible for able people who face physical and or mental challenges. If you have any specific needs, please let us know ahead of time and we will provide as needed.

{Ida y Vuelta}’s presentations come from a long tradition of Mexican folk music called Son Jarocho. The genre is a fusion of African, Spanish-Arabic and Indigenous music and poetry. Ida y Vuelta’s instrumentation is native to the Sotavento region and includes jaranas (8 string small guitars), requinto (lead 4 string guitar), leona (acoustic bass), zapateado (percussive foot tapping) and they also incorporate the cajón peruano and cajita (peruvian box) for percussion reinforcement. Ida y Vuelta keeps the spirit of traditional “sones” alive, which date back over 300 years. Performing this music they aspire to make known its rich historical and musical value, specifically here in the U.S.

{The Aadizookaan} is a dynamic group collaborating in various ways that specialize in multimedia productions, projects, services, events, products & installations, and the [ah-dihz-ooh-kahn] translates to “the sacred spirit of the story”, "the story/message/messenger" which is from the language of the Anishinabe [first nations people from the area of Detroit].

{Ronnie Malley} Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, actor, producer, and educator with a background in music and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia and has performed music from these regions for over twenty years. Ronnie has collaborated with international artists from various secular and spiritual traditions and has composed and consulted for many cultural music projects in film and theater. Ronnie performs with the music groups Allos Musica, Diwan al-Han, East Meets Middle East, Lamajamal, Surabhi, and Turath Ensemble.

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Organized by Debka Lilak, Watan, & Intercultural Music Production
Poster design by Jumana Al-Qawasmi
Curated by Ahmed Hamad

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Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

East Meets Middle East at World Music Festival Chicago

The 20th Annual World Music Festival Chicago  will take place September 7-23, 2018 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. View the full schedule here.

Join EMME East Meets Middle East Sunday Sept. 23rd 1pm at Navy Pier

East Meets Middle East is a musical collective across continents celebrating the rich traditions of the Middle East and South Asia. From India, Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla) and Abhisek Lahiri (sarod) collaborate with Ronnie Malley (Oud) and George Lawler (percussion) to create a cross-cultural palette of improvisations and original compositions. The group transcends boundaries as they move through raga and maqam, tala and iqa, the music theories and rhythms found in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

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EMME: East Meets Middle East

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

East Meets Middle East Performance at Golden Rondelle Theater Racine, WI

EMME: East Meets Middle East

EMME: East Meets Middle East

Golden Rondelle Theater | Racine, WI

East Meets Middle East performs a special FREE concert in Racine, WI on Wednesday, September 19th. The international quartet, East Meets Middle East - EMME, will perform beautiful music from India and the middle east at the very special Golden Rondelle Theater. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Associates for the 1964 World's Fair in NYC and moved to Racine following the fair to SC Johnson's headquarters.

FREE event, but must RSVP for ticket.

Sponsored by SC Johnson and presented by People of Rhythm Productions


EMME

“Music is a medium for social interactions and dialogue,” shares Ronnie Malley, co-founder of the group East Meets Middle East (EMME). This ensemble features stellar players of Middle Eastern music and traditional Indian classical music.

EMME formed in early 2016 as a collaboration between two Chicago musicians, George Lawler and Ronnie Malley, who had been playing together for over 10 years, and two seasoned classical Indian musicians from Calcutta, Subrata Bhattacharya and Abhisek Lahiri, who were on tour and visiting Chicago. They wanted to create a project that would emphasize the uniqueness of these rich, yet distinct, cultures and faiths from the Middle East and India.

The group explores the relationship between raga and maqam musical styles, but also delves into the improvisational components of those styles, as well as draws on collective influences in everything from Pink Floyd to Ali Akbar Khan.

Some have expressed that it’s refreshing to get a more in-depth look at these cultures through music. Others enjoy the instruments and how they complement each other. While there is a structure to the compositions, the group also leaves room to improvise – making each live performance a unique experience for EMME and the audience. 

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People of Rhythm Productions

People of Rhythm Productions serves as a performing arts presenting organization, a record label and a creative music production company. Brian Keigher serves various music needs on all levels from event production to programming live, original or licensed music for ad agencies and brands. Specializing in live music event programs, music event series and festivals. Current projects include curating events for the city of Chicago's annual World Music Festival, the Boston University Global Music Festival and more. www.peopleofrhythm.orgfounded in 2012, the critically acclaimed, award-winning company has created more than 30 original productions over six seasons.

 

 

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Amplify Peace Artists Showcase at Pioneer Indy
Sep
7
9:30 PM21:30

Amplify Peace Artists Showcase at Pioneer Indy

Amplify Peace

FREE | Doors 8pm | Amplify Peace 9:30pm

Join Bassel & The Supernaturals (soul/funk), Kayem (hip-hop), and Ronnie Malley (traditional Mid-Eastern) for a presentation of Amplify Peace, a collaborative touring production featuring American artists from the diaspora of predominantly Muslim countries impacted by war. Through performance and educational workshops, these socially conscious artists raise awareness about issues affecting the US, Middle East, and the Muslim world. 

Amplify Peace showcase presented at Pioneer Indy and sponsored by Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery & Upland Brewing Company. Friday Sept. 7th Amplify Peace 9:30pm with Sweet Poison Victim 11pm & DJ Kyle LongPioneer Indy located in Fountain Square, 110 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46203 | Facebook

To learn more about Amplify Peace please contact or visit us at AMC 2018 Intercultural Music booth 927


Amplify Peace originated from the success of a tour across the United States in October 2017. The tour was produced in partnership with Sukoon Creative and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), including Syrian-American artists Omar Offendum and Bassel & The Supernaturals, Libyan-American hip-hop sensation Kayem, the traditional Middle Eastern sounds of Palestinian-American artist Ronnie Malley & The Turath Ensemble, and DJ Bella Loki. Highlights from the tour included a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, and a feature by the Associated Press. www.amplifypeacetour.com

#artsmidwest, #indianapolis, #amplifypeace

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Pioneer Indy 110 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Pioneer Indy 110 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

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