Musical Performance: Maqam Meets Rag: Indo-Arabic Classical Music

Sat, December 2, 2006 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Saturday, December 2, 2006, 9:00 PM $15 ($10 For Students with valid ID)

To Maqam Meets Rag: Indo-Arabic Classical Music

In Conjunction with the The South Asian Women's Creative Collective Exhibition

In a State of Emergency? Women, War and the Politics of Urban Survival With Alok Dutt (Bansuri) Gaurav Shah (Vocals and Harmonium) Satyan Shah (Tabla) and Tareq Abboushi (Buzuq) Taoufiq Ben Amor (Vocals, Oud and Percussion) Zafer Tawil (Violin, Oud and Percussion)


Alok Dutt is an accomplished Indian and western classical musician. He began his musical studies at age 7 in the UK - he has been playing bansuri for 10 years and has studied with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Alok is a regular performer in New York and has played at Lincoln Center and at the Indian consulate. Alok currently works as an equity derivatives specialist at a Wall Street firm.

Gaurav Shah is a vocalist and songwriter who possesses an ability to seamlessly blend Indian classical/semi-classical music and American songwriting. After an introduction to Indian music from flute master Pandit Ronu Majumdar as well as several years of training in Western classical piano, he turned to singing and became an initiated disciple of Ustad Sultan Khan alongside Falu. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he co-founded the band Karyshma. He now lives in New York and works closely with Falu as a co-singer and songwriter.

Satyan Shah has been learning tabla for the past 12 years under several teachers, most notably Ustad Tari Khan. He has performed with various artists around the US and is currently performing with Falu and her band. He recently performed with her at Carnegie Hall this summer. He is currently works as analyst within the hedge fund industry.

Tareq Abboushi is a graduate from William Paterson University with a B.M. in Jazz Piano Performance. For the past seven years he has been studying the buzuq both in New York City as well as Ramallah, Palestine. Tareq currently performs with a number of groups in the New York area, ranging from dance pop to religious sufi music. Tareq is leading and composing for his own quintet "SHUSMO," playing mostly original compositions of Middle Eastern/Jazz fusion. Since releasing their first album “One” in February 2005, the quintet has taken part in various festivals: Atlantic Antic Festival, Sounds of the City Festival, and the Jerusalem Festival. He also composed and recorded music for the film "West Bank-Brooklyn," and has also appeared on two albums of children's music with Dan Zanes "House Party" and "Night Time!" The latter has won the “Best children's CD of the year (2002)” award by

Taoufiq Ben Amor is a Tunisian vocalist, percussionist and oud player. Taoufiq started learning percussion at an early age, then learned the Malouf (Andalusian repertoire) and sang with ensembles and choirs for many years. Fifteen years ago, he began studying the oud and the Arabic maqam system with various teachers such as Mohamed Labbad, Jamal Aslan and Simon Shaheen. For the past decade, Taoufiq has been an active performer in the US and Canada and played in various venues including the Joseph Papp Theater, Symphony Space, Cooper Union, the Knitting Factory as well as several campuses. He is involved in several projects including fusion with North Indian, Afro-Brazilian and Iranian musicians. Taoufiq is also an educator, who researches and lectures on the subject and conducts workshops. He founded The Columbia Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and he produces the music series at the Alwan Center for The Arts in New York City. Taoufiq is currently Professor of Arabic at Columbia University.

Zafer Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician based in New York City. He is a virtuoso on oud, violin, and qanun, and a master of Arabic percussion. Zafer performs in concerts, clubs, and at private events, and holds workshops in oud technique, and in Arabic music theory – across the US and in the Middle East, including a recent performance at Zankel Hall with Simon Shaheen. Zafer is constantly exploring the boundaries of Arabic music, and has worked on many collaboration concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music and Jazz fusion. Zafer recently returned from a US tour with the Spirit of Fes.

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