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Musaique: Music Without Boundaries - Concert March 23rd in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musaique: Music Without Boundaries

Tickets: https://tickets.jccsf.org/public/hall.asp

Musaique is an incredible group of ten musicians from the Middle East: Jordanian, Palestinian, Israeli and Egyptian, making this their first and only US appearance Friday, March 23rd, 2012 in San Francisco.

Musaique performs an exciting mix of contemporary and classical Middle Eastern music, drawing on traditions of sacred song and poetry, village folk music, and original compositions played with a modern mixture of classical and contemporary instruments.

Peacemakers as well as musicians, Musaique's mission is to use music to build cooperation and understanding between cultures, religions and nations of the Middle East, actively using its music and workshops to bring about greater understanding, while creating "trans-national" musical projects that unite people musically across the region and world.

Musaique members on this tour (there are over 20 internationally) include:

Palestinian Geroge Kandalaft (oud) is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and plays with a number of bands and orchestras in the classical Arabic music scene. He also has a deep interest in using music to connect people of different cultures. He's played with the Arabic-Jewish band in Haifa and the Arab-Jewish Youth Orchestra, the White Flag Project and more.

Jordanians Basel Khoury (guitar & Arab vocals, as well as drums, percussion & piano) and Atef Malhas (guitar & sax), who both perform with Vengo, a popular Jordanian group from Amman with a Spanish/Gypsy/Latin dance flavor;

Egyptian Nancy Mounir (violin & Egyptian ney) has performed with the hardcore Massive Scar Ear Band and the workshop "Remix" that included 20 musicians from the Middle East under the direction of Grammy winner Fathi Salama. She's performed throughout the Middle East and Europe.

Tai Nakritin (buzuki) from Israel, he plays European folk, Gypsy, Persian and western music. He plays with a number of music groups and theaters. 

Israeli Dvir Cohen Eraki (Hebrew vocals) may already be known to some around the Bay Area. He is son of a family of cantors who sing liturgical poems from the Jewish traditions of Yemen (similar to the great Ofra Haza). He performs sacred poetry with a unique combination of ancient and modern sounds that bring to mind the great Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He also sings with Diwan Saz, a group known for its modern renderings of beautiful Sufi and other folk songs of the region.

Sharon Kolton (percussion), an Israeli, has performed with a number of international groups, and in the past few years her focus has been on performances that have a mission of bringing about global peace. She is a member of the Peace Research Village - Middle East, committed to developing sustainable community models in crisis areas.

Lee Ziv (hang drum), Musaique co-founder, is an Israeli peace activist, dedicating her life to building bridges of peace between people in the Middle East. She started out in the Sulha Peace Project, which works to bring together people of the Abrahamic faiths in Israel and Palestine,and has worked with the Tamera Community in Portugal, a peace research and sustainable community.

Meira Segal (Turkish ney and Santur) started out as a child learning Baroque, classical and Renaissance music, but was gradually drawn to the traditional music of the region, where she studied sacred music and dance under Sufi masters in Turkey. She plays with a number of groups, mixing Gypsy, Arabic, Greek, Turkish and Persian sounds. She also teaches Arabic music in Israel, encouraging a mutual language of music among the Israelis and Palestinians.

Kate Bunney (English vocals) from the United Kingdom, is a producer, organizer and event facilitator who brings together local and global initiatives to create a peaceful and sustainable world. She produces an annual international music festival in Europe of musicians using their skills to build and bring about peace inthe world. She has established training centers throughout the Middle East on alternative technologies, ecology, and community building.

Musaique is also being brought to San Francisco to be honored for their peacebuilding work in the Middle East at a Gala "Circles of Light" event March 17th at the St. Francis in SF for United Religions Initiative (URI).  URI is an international NGO that works to bring people of different faiths and cultures together to work for cooperation and understanding at the local and regional level, with over 500 "Cooperation Circles in 70 countries and 500 locales.  (Musaique is a URI "Cooperation Circle").

While here, Musaique is also conducting several workshops at Bay Area high schools on iintercultural music and dialogue. 

Call[masked] x18 for info.

Tickets: https://tickets.jccsf.org/public/hall.asp

Here are some relevant links:

http://www.uri.org/mu... Concert info with downloads, videos, etc

http://www.musaique.o... Their home page with music samples

http://www.youtube.co... Shot in 2010, a very brief intro to what Musaique's about and their work. Fun to watch!

http://www.youtube.co... George Kandalaft, Musaique's Palestinian oud player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=49TO-5O9XA4 Dvir Cohen Eraki performing with Diwan Saz.

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  • Baharak

    It was great night for us. thank you so much to share this event. Unfortunately we couldn't come earlier, so we didn't meet any of you guys, but music and the message of the group was great :)

    March 26, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    The M.E. Music Meetup is in danger of disappearing unless someone steps up to become the "Organizer". That actually translates into $12/month needs to be raised to keep the group alive. I would be willing to share this cost with other folks because I think the group is increasingly valuable in the Bay Area, both as a social network and a way to develop interest and appreciation of music from the Middle East. If you want to help, email trippdmnh(at)yahoo.com

    March 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice concert! They all were great souls! Thanks!

    March 25, 2012

  • Nanci

    the last song of the night: http://youtu.be/ZQIqZFLDB08

    March 24, 2012

  • Nanci

    What a beautiful show. Heart warming and inspiring musicians of peace and brother/sisterhood. Thank you Tripp for posting this show and bringing this event to SF.

    March 24, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Although I didn't get to meet some of you, for those I met, it was really a pleasure. (What happened to meeting the cafe? I went in there several times and didn't see anyone?) Anyway, it was a lovely evening, and it will be fun to see what others say. Aswat is coming up soon, and Bustan tomorrow, and Yair Dallal as well (tomorrow) at the same place. Hope to meet more of your personally very soon. Musaique loved the San Francisco audience, and are really eager to return soon.

    March 24, 2012

  • april

    twas a great show. missed the info about mtg after, maybe next time

    March 24, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    My personal thanks to all who attended last night's Musaique concert. As so one at the "heart" of the production, I sincerely hoped all enjoyed it, and I hope we meet again soon. I didn't get to meet all of you who came, but maybe next time? Stay tuned for the upcoming Aswat (Arabic Music Orchestra of the Bay Area) in Marin and San Mateo. Awesome musicians... Here's a short clip from last nights show... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150619115326444

    March 24, 2012

  • Nanci

    i will come at 7:30 to say hello and meet too.

    March 23, 2012

  • Baharak

    ok sounds good, so we try to be there at 7.30, and finding Rez, see you

    March 23, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Rez: When you arrive tonight, please try to find me before going to the cafe. I am going to try to have some programs for the Meetup group to share that won't be available to the general public. They are from last week's "gala" where Musaique was honored by URI. Thanks. Staff at the theater should know where to find me.

    March 23, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Hey Rez, that's a great idea and really appreciate you coming up with that. I am not so familiar with the JCC so didn't know of any place to meet beforehand. If there's a cafe there, Great! Thank you for this suggestion and hopefully others will be able to come. I will try to stop by, but will have a lot of duties before the show. Many thanks!

    March 23, 2012

  • Rez

    How about we meet by the JCCSF Cafe at 7:30pm and then the show, and then meet at the cafe after so we can go somewheres local and discuss the show....

    March 23, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Hi Baharak: There hasn't been any meeting place set up before the concert because I am also involved in putting on the concert itself and will be busy before the show. I will try to set up a sign or something (perhaps red carnations?) so that people can try to find each other. If someone has a better idea, please post!

    March 23, 2012

  • Baharak

    Hello guys, so hopefully see you all tomorrow night. But I don't know where we should find you before concert. Is it any specific place you will gather before concert?

    March 22, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Nice SF Chron and SF Gate 96 Hours article today; http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/22/NSCF1NLTV3.DTL

    March 22, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Here's a music clip from this past Saturday's appearance of Musaique at URI's gala at the Westin St. Francis in SF...wanted to share it with my meetup friends... http://soundcloud.com/tripp-mikich/mabidnasf

    March 19, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    podcast of Lee Ziv, Musaique co-founder, on KPFA's Visionary Activist show with Caroline Casey... http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/78740

    March 16, 2012

  • Tripp M.

    Lee Ziv, Musaique co-founder, interviewed live on KPFA today, Thursday, March 15 at 2pm, www.kpfa.org. Podcast also available at web site.

    March 15, 2012

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