Monday, March 30, 2009

This Saturday! Alhan Arabic Music Ensemble with Jamileh and Friends

Less than one week until my next (and biggest yet) performance!

I feel as though I have barely had time to breathe, never mind blog about my new costumes, my new props, the musicians, the music, the choreography, the... sigh... but perhaps it is best for those of you who are attending.

We had our dress rehearsal last night, which was the first time we have run the pieces with the musicians (we've been rehearsing to a recording of one of their rehearsals)... While there's still work to do this final week, I loved seeing the show come together last night. I am thrilled, proud, and grateful to be a part of it.

If you're in the area and not previously committed, please join us!


ALHAN Middle Eastern Music Ensemble performs classical and popular Arabic and Ottoman music of the 17th to the 21st centuries. The group features musicians from Simon Shaheen’s Arabic Music Retreat and the Bardezbanian Middle Eastern Ensemble. They are Eric LaPerna; riqq and darbuka, Tom Kavocevic; oud, ney and vocals, Madeleine Hanna; lead vocals and frame drum, and Michael Gallant; violin. ALHAN’s repertoire is drawn from compositions of some of the preeminent composers of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. They also perform Muwashshahat, a classical song form developed in 10th century Andalusia and performed throughout the modern Arab world. This evening will feature selections of classical Arabic song, popular compositions of the Rahbani Brothers for the great Lebanese singer, Fairuz, and several pieces written for Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) by the Egyptian composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab.

Jamileh is delighted to be joined by the wonderful Erin, Josephina, Kamileh, Virginia, Sahar, Kendra, Ananda, MaraNajla & Dorothea for this truly beautiful concert of Middle Eastern music and dance.

• Saturday, April 4th, 8pm, at the historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland, $12/person at the door. FMI

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