Sat, February 28, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
New Album Debut at Alwan: DUNYA by Farah Siraj and Band
Farah Siraj; Vocals, Guitar
Andreas Arnold; Guitar
Andres Rotmistrovsky; Bass
Marcelo Woloski; Percussion
Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students & Seniors (Buy Now*)
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Doors open at 7:30 pm
Considered Jordan's “Musical Ambassadress”, jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Farah has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, the World Economic Forum, J.F. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, MTV, Coke Studio, MBC TV in the Middle East and the Antena de Oro Awards of Spain. To this date, Farah has toured the Middle East, Europe, India, South America and the United States, spreading the message of peace and unity through her music.
Farah's concert at Alwan will celebrate her new album “Dunya”. Staying true to her “vivacious Arabian Flamenco Jazz” style (Rolling Stone Magazine), Farah will be accompanied by her band, with musicians from the Middle East, Europe, the United States and South America. The concert will include music from all four regions as well as original material that fuses these influences.
FARAH SIRAJ has toured the Middle East, Europe, India, South America and the United States, spreading a message of peace through her music. In 2011, Farah released her album NOMAD, personally supported and funded by King Abdullah II of Jordan. After the success of NOMAD, Farah presented the world premier of her new work, entitled The Arabian Jazz Project, featuring original compositions and traditional middle eastern tunes set to a jazz context. During the Arabian Jazz Project, Farah was chosen as one of New York's “Summer Stars of Jazz” and named “the Norah Jones of the Middle East” by New York Time Out.
Last summer, in June of 2014, Farah released her latest album, Dunya. Farah and her band have toured the Middle East, India, Europe and the United States and South America with sold-out concerts in all four regions. During her tour of India, Farah shared the stage with India's most renowned composer, A.R. Rahman, performing Zariya live on MTV. The song hit #1 in the music charts in India and #3 in the Middle East.
Farah's musical education includes the Trinity College of Music in London and Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she was recognized for her arab vocalist style. Her music often expresses the reality of war and the urgent need for peace. In recognition of her humanitarian efforts, Farah was invited to perform at the 2012 United Nations Humanitarian Awards in New York. Farah's music was also performed before the UN Security Council prior to passing a resolution condeming the genocide in Darfur.
Farah Siraj's Website
ANDREAS ARNOLD is a guitarist, composer and producer between flamenco and jazz, currently based in New York City. He has released four albums under his own name, most recently The New York Flamenco Jazz Project - Mosaico (2012). In 2013, he premiered his multimedia performance Suite Camus in Paris and NYC. He is currently the musical director for internationally acclaimed Jordanian singer Farah Siraj, whose latest album Dunya he co-produced. Andreas was raised in a family of classical musicians in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied jazz in Amsterdam and New York, as well as flamenco guitar in Madrid and Jerez de la Frontera. He has performed his music on five continents, including venues such as Noche Blanca Flamenco Festival (Cordoba), Sunset (Paris), Joe's Pub (NYC), House of Blues and Jazz (Shanghai) and Biblioteca Nacional de Peru (Lima).
Andreas Arnold Website
ANDRES ROTMISTROVSKY is a rising star who has performed on bass guitar on more than 50 albums. He has worked with acclaimed artists including Joan Baez, Sertab Erener, Paquito D’Rivera, Eva Ayllon, Leon Gieco, and Marta Gomez, and has performed in venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Latin Grammys, The Apollo Theater, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Andres has composed and arranged nine tracks for his debut CD “Upbeat” released in 2011 to rave reviews. Creating quite a buzz with his melodic approach to bass, Andres combines melody and harmony to create a vibrant, lyrical sound. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Andres attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on several scholarships including The International Award, the Charles Mingus Award and the highly coveted Outstanding Performer Award.
After graduating with honors with a degree in Jazz Composition in 2007, Andres relocated to New York.
Andres Rotmistrovsky Website
MARCELO WOLOSKI is a versatile world-music percussionists, who performs over 200 shows annually with different artists. Marcelo’s mark is his melodic approach to rhythm and his ability to combine a variety of percussion instruments to create a full-sounding groove. Mr. Woloski has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed artists such as Gloria Estefan, Pablo Ziegler, and Fernando Otero, and has performed at renowned venues such as The Blue Note, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Lincoln Center, and the Boston Symphony Hall among others. Marcelo is also a gifted composer, featured in world music compilations such as “Les Terrasses Ibiza” (Pschent 2008) and “The Old New School” (Jazz Revelation Records 2007). Many of his compositions are performed by the artists he collaborates with, including Gregorio Uribe Big Band and Eleonora Bianchini. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he discovered the art of hand percussion, which he later developed with some of the best percussionists in Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and his native Argentina. At the EMC (Escuela de Música Contemporánea), he studied music theory, composition and arrangements. Shortly after graduating he received a scholarship to continue his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with jazz musicians Terry Lynn Carrington, Mark Walker, Jammey Haddad, and Kenwood Dennard, among others. At Berklee he won the “Ralph Pace Award” for outstanding performance skills and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007. He has since moved to New York City.
Marcelo Woloski Website
Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
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