Aswat Concert Celebrating The Arab World & Easter
As the Arab World navigates the vicissitudes of history, Zawaya calls upon the Bay Area to come together for a night of music and song to commemorate Easter and Intifada.
Directed by multi-instrumentalist and 'oud master, Maestro OMAR ABBAD.
Aswat will be joined by special guest MOHANNAD MCHALLAH, and the choirs of Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church Choir and the Arab American Catholic Church S.F.
The musical voice of Arab America in the Bay Area is ASWAT, the Arabic Music Ensemble sponsored by Zawaya. True to Zawaya's commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Middle Eastern music. Now on its 11th year anniversary, Aswat has grown from an informal community choir to a professional performing group with sold-out concerts. Aswat's doors remain open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enriching exchange between Arab Americans and other communities through the universal language of music. For more information about Aswat, please visit www.zawaya.org.
ABOUT OMAR ABBAD
Omar Abbad's musical direction is informed by decades of a life immersed in Arabic music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musicology, specializing in Oud, from Jordan Academy of Music and a Masters of Arts in Musicology from Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. He founded and conducts al-Nagham al-Aseel, and composes and arranges for such groups as Awtar Amman Ensemble and Children's Ensemble for Arabic Music in Jordan. He has conducted various University orchestras and ensembles, including the Jordan Academy of Music Ensemble and al-Hannouneh, which specializes in Palestinian folk music. Famous Jordanian singers are no stranger to him as well. The likes of Macade Nahhas, Ayda al-Amerkani, and Lara el-'layyan have all been conducted by Mr. Abbad. Apart from the 'oud, Mr. Abbad also plays the piano and the cello, and composes and writes instrumental pieces and songs. His musical talent and expertise have brought him to Europe, and now to the United States. Zawaya is thrilled that he has decided to join Aswat.
ABOUT MOHANNAD MCHALLAH
If you are one of the millions who watched Super Star, the Arab world's version of American Idol, then you may have already enjoyed the vocal talent of Syrian singer Mohannad Mchallah. His participation in Super Star garnered him fans across the Arab world and two singles, Ollo and Min Zaman Wana Bastannak, released by Future TV. His first fans, however, were undoubtedly his grandmother who discovered his voice when he was ten, and his uncle who brought him to the distinguished Sabah Fakhry, who then sent him to Aleppo to learn Almowashahat. A graduate of the Conservatory in Lebanon, Mohannad continues to pursue his singing career, touring the United States to reach his U.S.-based fans.
Zawaya is a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to the multicultural discourse of the Bay Area with the Arab arts. Zawaya means "aspects" or "corners", suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture. It was founded in 2003 by Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben Halim, two Arab-American women who recognized that the challenges faced by the Arab-American community in the Bay Area requires a creative response. With Zawaya, they sought to give the Arab community a voice, including a musical one. Aiming to address stereotypes and misconceptions, Zawaya offers a genuine image of Arab Americans and their rich civilization, which can only be a source of strength for American society. To learn more about Zawaya, please visit www.zawaya.org.
College of San Mateo Theatre
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
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