Sunday, October 9
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
55 Walker St, New York City, NY 10013
Our History, Surviving Infiltration, Our Future. Followed by Live Palestinian Musical & Vocal Performance by George Ziadeh & Zafer Taweel
Program 5-7pm, Food & Music 7pm onward
5-7pm – Al-Awda-NY will begin with the history of Al-Awda-NY, its work and principles, analysis of Palestine in the expanding solidarity movement, upcoming project, plus a workshop on Surviving and Defeating Infiltration. This will be followed by an evening of Palestinian Music and Debka, which will begin at 7pm and will be led by preeminent Palestinian Vocalist & Musician, George Ziadeh.
Join us to discuss our founding, post 9-11, our expansion, NYPD infiltration, our survival and successes. We will discuss in detail Surviving and Defeating Infiltration, Our Future and Upcoming Projects, Analysis of Palestine in the expanding solidarity movement.
Starting at 7 pm, enjoy a beautiful musical performance by one of Palestine’s preeminent vocalists and musicians, George Ziadeh, and close with the Palestinian Debke, a dance of community.
George Ziadeh was born and raised in Birzeit, Palestine, and pursued music from a young age. In 1986 he moved to the United States, where he studied ‘oud with Simon Shaheen and classical singing and voice with Youssef Kassab, with whom he has toured extensively across the country. George has performed and lectured with such ensembles and institutions as the University of Chicago’s Middle East Music Ensemble with Issa Boulos, the University of Colorado (Boulder), Alwan for the Arts, the United Nations (invited by Kofi Annan), and annually at the Columbia University Department of Ethnomusicology. In 2008, George was a featured solo and ensemble performer in the “Brooklyn Maqam” Festival of Arab Music. From 1995 to 1997 George taught at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah and at Birzeit University. George is considered an authority in maqam and Arab classical repertoire.
Jerusalem-born Zafer Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician whose areas of expertise include the oud, violin, qanun, and Arab percussion. Zafer performs across the US and in the Middle East and holds workshops in oud technique and Arabic music theory. He was part of the Spirit of Fez U.S. Tour 2006 and has performed with some of the most celebrated world music artists, including violinist and oud master Simon Shaheen and Rai singer Cheb Mami. Zafer is continuously exploring the boundaries of Arab music, and has worked collaboratively on many concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, as well as Jazz fusion. You can catch Zafer playing one of his many instruments at extravagant private celebrations near his Brooklyn neighborhood, and at cultural centers such as Alwan for the Arts in Manhattan.
Suggested donations requested at the door for the 7-9:30pm Music portion of the evening.