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TAZAMON Showcase Artists

TAZAMON Showcase Artists

This is a new component for 2016 and arose from the need to promote artists supported through various Culture Resource programs. Over the past ten years, Culture Resource has worked to develop the regional independent arts scene through its diverse programs and services. As an extension of this development, Tazamon spotlights the exciting work of artists supported through the various grant programs.

The artists participating in the MAIN program of Spring Festival are:

Samar Haddad King [PALESTINE]Bound 2 Photo by Raof Haj-yihia Bound 1 Photo by Raof Haj-yihia

Tazamon Showcase | Dance

Performance in Tunis

Samar Haddad King, Artistic and Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, graduated with honors in choreography from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in New York City. In 2005, Samar formed Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT), a non-profit dance theater company based in NYC and Palestine. Her work has been commissioned in the US by the Ailey School, Configuration Dance, and Hubbard Street 2. She has performed at various venues such as NYC’s Joyce SoHo, HarlemStage, Citigroup Theatre, Chicago’s Harris Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. Work in the Arab world includes Catching the Butterflies, an evening length performance featuring live hip-hop, Arabic music, dance, and theatre, Jordan (2010); From Dust for the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (RCDF) (2012); Playground, a site-specific work for the international /si:n/ festival in Ramallah (2013); and Not/Tob for the Qalandia International festival. Samar is currently working on two projects with Amir Nizar Zoabi, a musical theatre production directed by Zoabi and choreographing the opening of the Palestinian Museum under the direction of Zoabi.

SYNOPSIS | Bound is an evening-length dance theatre production by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre that features an international cast of American, Japanese, and Palestinian performers. Situated between mobile planes that act as buildings, borders and projection surfaces, the performers of bound are confronted by an evolving landscape, fraught with boundaries that continuously test their physical and emotional limits. Layered over and between the live action, the story of two lovers separated by circumstance unfolds via Skype. Created by Samar Haddad King and set to an original score by Boikutt, this multi-media performance tells the universal story of people who are restricted by society, politics, geography or gender, and examines what it means to be bound: to a place, a person, an ideology, to noise, to silence.

ARTIST LINKS

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Ali Chahrour [LEBANON]

Fatmehfatmeh pic by jad safar

Tazamon Showcase | Dance

Performance in Tunis

Ali Chahrour was born in Beirut in 1989. He specialized in Theater, graduating from the Lebanese University Institute of Arts. He joined Maqamat Dance Theatre Company in 2008 and participated in many creations, including The Assassination of Omar Rajeh and Mushrooms and Fig Leaves which premiered at Sharjah Biennale.  Chahrour was invited to a residency at the prestigious Sasha Waltz & Guests Company in Berlin in March 2011 and to a month-Long residency in November/December 2011 at Dancing on The Edge within the framework of the Euro-Arab Multidisciplinary Cultural Exchange Project. He is also a graduate student of Takween Beirut Contemporary Dance School 2010 and is a member of Takween Collective. Chahrour is currently preparing his M.A. in choreography and dance.

SYNOPSIS | When the sky swallowed its sun and remained in the darkness of the night, Fatmeh returned to dance her losses away. Finding comfort in the voice of another Fatmeh to express her pain, tracing through history all the Fatmehs plagued by separation and death, to tie their hair together around the neck of the city and its despair. Fatmeh is a dance performance that investigates the physical movements” of a spontaneous body that hasn’t been subjected to the moulds and techniques of dance. It rethinks and reworks the quality of acquired and innate movements as it relies on the reservoir of legacy and everyday life. The work stems out of the intimate and private to inquire about the relationship between the body and religion, society, cultural legacy and norms.

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Terez Sliman [PALESTINE] & Sofia Portugal [PORTUGAL]DSC00354_t

Mina

Tazamon Showcase | Music

Performance in Beirut

Performance in Tunis

Old songs dock at their port, they arrive carrying the memory of place and the life that respires into it, with its aroma, and with the tiny details of the people who had departed from it, and left behind a musical legacy as a natural outgrowth of their presence. MINA (Arabic for port), (Portuguese for mine or source), is a band that was formed the same way, its members met without prior knowledge or planning. The band came together in search of this musical legacy, seeking stories of the people who wrote and chanted about love and war, about relationships and beauty, about mother nature, revolutions and the stories of their ancestors, manifesting their customs and traditions with joy, sketching the images of their sailors waiting their return to their wives,  lovers promises to meet by the water spring, and revolutionaries dreams for freedom.

MINA brings together Terez Sliman (vocal and percussion) from Palestine together with Sofia Portugal (vocal and percussion) from Portugal with three other Portuguese musicians,  Rui Ferreira (piano), Pedro Pereira (classic and electric Guitar) and Ricardo Coelho( glockenspiel and percussion) along with the group’s sound engineer, Miguel Guerra, to sing these songs as they take them on a voyage to new spaces and places.

ARTIST LINKS

Facebook Page                      YouTube Channel  

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Basel Rajoub & Soriana Project [SYRIA]richmixbaselrajoubnov15_26

Tazamon Showcase | Music

Performance in Beirut

Performance in Tunis

Basel Rajoub is a saxophonist and composer-improviser who creates contemporary tradition-based music inspired by Middle Eastern rhythms and melodic modes as well as jazz. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he graduated from the Damascus High Institute of Music and is a winner of Radio Monte Carlo’s Moyen-Orient Music Award. Basel is active in a variety of contemporary music groups that bring together musicians from different parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia, and is the founder and leader of the Basel Rajoub ensemble. Basel lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Soriana Project: Contemporary music from the Orient is a body of musical works by Basel Rajoub that features collaborations with qanun virtuoso, Feras Charestan, renowned percussionist, Andrea Piccioni, and the sublime voice of Lynn Adib. Part-composed, part-improvised, this concert program features the microtonal subtleties of Arab music to generate a sublime mix of spontaneity and control rooted in a 1000-year-old tradition of improvisation. The program celebrates the artists’ cultural heritage and pays homage to the land that gave them the gift of musical knowledge. Basel Rajoub is a Syrian saxophonist and composer-improviser who creates contemporary, tradition-based music inspired by Middle-Eastern rhythms, melodic modes, and jazz.

Soriana is ‘our Syria’. We leave behind, forced out either by a search or by circumstances. We head out thinking that we carry no baggage, completely unaware of the biggest gift our country has bestowed upon us. That gift is the gift of musical knowledge. It remains with me throughout many journeys, it soothes wounds and inspires creation, provides warmth and a platform of stability, images, aromas, tastes that water the mouth and inspire new creations still. This music is my gift to our Syria – Soriana.

Basel Rajoub

ARTIST LINKS

Soriana Website

Website       Facebook        Soundcloud        Twitter         Youtube

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Dima Orsho[SYRIA], Jasser Haj Youssef [TUNISIA] & Kinan El Azmeh [SYRIA]

Tazamon Showcase | Music

Performance in Beirut

Performance in Tunis

DSC_0037DIMA ORSHO, a Syrian soprano, graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a Masters degree in Opera Performance. She is an established performer who has collaborated with many musicians from around the world. She has performed with the Osnabrück Symphony, the Morgenland Festival Orchestra, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, as well as the Syrian Symphony Orchestra. Orsho is a founding member of Hewar Trio, with whom she released three albums, including the latest, Letters to a Homeland, in 2012. She is also a founding member of DIO Trio, with which she is currently performing extensively. As a solo artist, her first album, Arabic Lieder, composed by Gazwan Zerikly, was released in 2008. In September 2015, Dima was invited as a guest artist to join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble to record Kinan El Azmeh’s composition, Wedding, in their new album which will be released on Sony Masterworks in April 2016.

JASSER HAJ YOUSSEF - © Fabien LemaireJASSER HAJ YOUSSEF, Tunisian violinist and composer,  is one of the most prominent musicians of his generation. With a degree in Music, Musicology and Education, Jasser performs worldwide and has recently directed the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra at the Aix Festival and the Chamber Orchestra of Paris at the Saint-Denis Festival in France.The sensuality of his melodies, his sense of groove and deep musical culture have allowed him to play with the greatest artists from Tunisia, including Salah Al-Mahdi, Safia Chamia, Choubeila Rached Fawzi Chekili, and Dhafer Youssef. Youssef has also collaborated with some of the most accomplished musicians from the global stage, including, Barbara Hendricks, Youssou N’Dour, Didier Lockwood, Sister Marie Keyrouz. A demonstration of his originality is illustrated by Youssef being one of the first musicians to have rediscovered the baroque viola d’amour. Youssef has mastered this unusual instrument and has been able to use it in a diverse collection of musical genres, including,  classical, oriental, jazzy, Indian.

ARTIST LINKS:

Youtube           Deezer

KINAN EL AZMEH graduated from both The Juilliard School (New York) and the Damascuskinan azmeh press photo by Layale Chaker High institute of Music. Azmeh earned his Ph.D. in music from the City University of New York in 2013. Hailed as a clarinet virtuoso, Azmeh has appeared worldwide as a soloist, composer and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the UN’s general assembly, New York; the Royal Albert hall, London; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC;  and the Damascus opera house for its opening concert. His compositions include several works for solo, orchestra, and chamber music; film, live illustration, and electronics. His discography includes three albums with his ensemble HEWAR,  several soundtracks for film and dance, a duo album with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne and a recent album with his New York Arabic/Jazz quartet. He serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, with whom he released an album of new contemporary Syrian chamber music written especially for the ensemble by various composers. He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

ARTIST LINKS

Website                  Twitter

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