The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Presents:


Friday, December 05, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm

The Lincoln Theatre

Washington, DC

$24.00 - $250.00

Show starts at 8PM

ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

ADC was founded by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk in 1980. Today, ADC is the largest Arab American grassroots organization in the U.S.

ADC supports the human and civil rights of all people and opposes racism and bigotry in any form.

• PROTECTS civil rights and civil liberties of Arab Americans
• PROMOTES mutual understanding
• PRESERVES Arab American cultural heritage

Who can join ADC?

ADC welcomes the participation and support of people of all ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.

ADC Presents the 4th Annual Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America

Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia

Featuring Simon Shaheen and the Qantara Ensemble, Tunisian vocalist Sonia M’Barak, Spanish vocalist and guitarist Juan Perez Rodriguez, dancer Auxi Fernandez, and vocalist Elizabeth Ayoub.

Simon Shaheen: Oud, violin and composer.

Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House. Simon has also released four albums of his own: Saltanah (Water Lily Acoustics), Turath (CMP), Taqasim (Lyrichord), and Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab (Axiom), while also contributing cuts to producer Bill Laswell's fusion collective, Hallucination Engine (Island). He has contributed selections to soundtracks for The Sheltering Sky and Malcolm X, among others, and has composed the entire soundtrack for the United Nations-sponsored documentary, For Everyone Everywhere. Broadcast globally in December 1998, this film celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Charter.

But perhaps his greatest success has come with Blue Flame (ARK21, 2001), where he leads his group, Qantara, on a labyrinthian journey through the world of fusion music to discover the heart of the Middle East. The album has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and the band's performances have been called "glorious."

The band has toured during 2003 and 2004, playing concerts and festivals like WOMAD USA, WOMAD Sicily, the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East, Qantara's appearances have included: Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon; Les Mediterranean in France; New York's Central Park Summer Stage; Stern Grove International Festival in San Francisco; Chicago World Music Festival; Royce Hall in Los Angeles; University Musical Society in Ann Arbor; Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis; International Souk Ukaz at the historic citadel in Amman, Jordan; and Yabous Festival in the historical Tombs of Kings in East Jerusalem amongst others . In Palestine, Shaheen conducts an annual weeklong music workshop designed for gifted children.

Qantara Ensemble:

Bassam Saba - Nay and Flute / New York

Najib Shaheen - Oud / New York

Peter Slavov - Upright Bass / New York

Ali Amr - Qanun / Boston

Layth Al Rubaye - Violin / Boston

Naseem Al Atrash - Cello / Boston

Tareq Rantisi - Percussion

Dafer Tawil - Percussion

Sonia M’Barak: Vocalist of Classical Arabic music and related genres

Juan Perez Rodriguez: vocalist, pianist and guitarist, focusing on flamenco fusion

Auxi Ferndandez: dancer specializing in flamenco

Elizabeth Ayoub: singer, songwriter and composer
Venue Information:
The Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009