May 14, 2019 @ 6:30PM — 9:30PM
A festive evening of mezze, drinks and live music, supporting contemporary art and artists from the MENA region and its diasporas
Since 2003, ArteEast has been the leading non-profit international arts organization presenting works by contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. ArteEastʼs vision is of a thriving and sustainable arts sector in the Middle East and North Africa. Through public programming, strategic partnerships, and dynamic online publications, ArteEast is a forum for critical dialogue and exchange aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable MENA art sector. The Spring Benefit will provide vital support for ArteEast to realize this important vision.
Featuring a special performance by Nadah El Shazly
and the New York debut performance by Noma Omran
Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le Guess Who?, REWIRE, Best Kept Secret, Supersonic and many more. She continues to compose for film and visual art.
Two years in the making, Ahwar was composed, written and produced by El Shazly herself in collaboration with Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi on co-composition and arrangement duties. The album was crafted across two continents, between Canada and Egypt, and features the best of Montreal's contemporary-classical and improvised music scene, most of whom are members of Shalabi's Land of Kush.
Noma Omran is a Syrian opera singer who graduated from the Damascus Conservatory in 1997 and the Janacek Academy of Brno (1999-2001). Noma is regarded as one of the greatest musical specialists today in the eastern Aramaic, Syriac and old Syrian maqâm.
Noma was the first female singer to revive the sacred ritual of Zen at the Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, with Stomu Yamashta, She has appeared at a number of acclaimed theater stages and festivals of sacred music: Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Opéra de Lille ,Bozar, the Opera de La Monnaie, Brussels,The Acropolis Greece, the Royal Northern College - Manchester England, Fez festival of Sacred Music, Morocco.
As an actress-singer, Noma has performed Violetta in the Verdi Opera "Traviata" at the Brno national Theater -Czech Republic. She played "Ishtar" and composed the music of "Gilgamesh" under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine for the Theater of the Sun Paris.
She is also the musical composer of the film "Silvered Water," by Director Ossama Mohammed, (Cannes Film Festival 2014).
ArteEast is a registered 501c3 organization in New York State (Tax ID: 91-2187887). Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $40.
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