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Aswat at Fairfax Redwoods
Center for Peace and Compassion
Fairfax, CA
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Aswat at Fairfax Redwoods
Let Aswat take you on an enchanted musical trip deep into Marin's Redwood forest, a mere half-an-hour drive from San Francisco.

Experience the opulence of Arab music in a quaint forest cottage at the Center for Peace and Compassion, where Thoreau's Walden and Isfahan's Ālī Qāpū Palace meet.

Aswat's live music, coupled with the Center's intimate setting and Eastern opulence, kept warm and cozy by an antique wood-burning stove and Persian rugs, and completely enveloped by the majesty of a Redwood forest is a sensory smorgasbord that one won't soon forget.

*This unique Aswat venue requires that shoes be taken off at the door, and that you take your seat on the fine Persian rugs layered on the floor.*

*Parking is FREE and plentiful!*

About Arab music:
Arab music contains an array of emotional spaces not found in Western music tradition.  It is highly decorated with little frills, and, in songs, combined with long complex phrases sung by Aswat vocalists who pause not for a breath.  Instrumental pieces are intricate, requiring talent and skill as it involves Taqasīm (improvisation) in which musicians transition from one maqām (melodic mode) to another, and then modulate back to the original maqām.  Aswat percussionists and qanūn (zither) players have gained admiration in concerts from this transitional modulation.

About the Musical Director:
Omar Abbad's musical direction is informed by decades of a life immersed in Arab 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 Arab 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.  Omar has conducted the likes of Macadi Nahas, Ayda al-Amerkani, and Lara el-Layyan.  His musical talent and expertise have brought him to Europe, and now to the United States.  The first Aswat concert he directed was one of Aswat's most memorable and successful: Salute to the Youth of Egypt & Tunisia in February 2011.  He returns this year to conduct Aswat for another season.

About Aswat:  
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 Arabic music. Now on its 12th year anniversary, 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

About Zawaya:
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 the 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

We advise that you avoid the Golden Gate Bridge altogether on Sunday, April 29th, and take an alternative route to get to Fairfax for the concert.

Please be informed that major delays in traffic are expected on the Golden Gate bridge on the day of the concert, April 29, 2012.

This is because Doyle Drive, which is the main road to the Golden Gate bridge, will be closed.  While the Golden Gate bridge will still be accessible through the Presidio, it will be heavily congested, causing major delays.

We suggest the following alternative route:

From San Francisco:

1.       Head East on CA-92 E toward Exit 24

2.      Take exit 26B for Interstate 880 N toward Oakland

3.      Merge onto I-880 N/Interstate 880

4.      Merge onto I-80 E

5.      Slight right onto I-580 W (signs for San Rafael/Point Richmond)

6.      Take exit 1A on the left to merge onto US-101 N toward San Rafael/Santa Rosa

7.      Take exit 452 toward Central San Rafael

8.      Merge onto Irwin St.

9.      Turn left onto 3rd St.

10.  Continue onto 2nd St./West End Ave.

11.  Slight right onto 4th St.

12.  Continue onto Red Hill Ave.

13.  Continue onto Center Blvd.

14.  Turn left onto Bolinas Rd.

15.  Slight left to stay on Bolinas Rd.

16.  Slight left to stay on Bolinas Rd.

17.  Destination will be on the left

From East Bay:

1.      Take I-580 W (signs for San Rafael/Point Richmond)

2.      Take exit 1A on the left to merge onto US-101 N toward San Rafael/Santa Rosa

3.      Take exit 452 toward Central San Rafael

4.      Merge onto Irwin St.

5.      Turn left onto 3rd St.

6.      Continue onto 2nd St./West End Ave.

7.      Slight right onto 4th St.

8.      Continue onto Red Hill Ave.

9.      Continue onto Center Blvd.

10.  Turn left onto Bolinas Rd.

11.  Slight left to stay on Bolinas Rd.

12.  Slight left to stay on Bolinas Rd.

13.  Destination will be on the left

For more info, visit


Center for Peace and Compassion (View)
781 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA 94939
United States


Music > Global

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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