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Elias Lammam Trio with Special Guest Percussionist Tareq Rantisi
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
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Elias Lammam Trio with Special Guest Percussionist Tareq Rantisi
World-renowned Arabic accordionist and singer Elias Lammam, originally from Lebanon and now resident of Santa Cruz, directs the Elias Lammam Trio.  

The Trio plays popular Arabic music of the mid-20th century, including songs of Oum Kholthum, Fairuz, Warda, Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the Rahbani brothers, as well as some of Mr. Lammam's own original compositions and many improvisations.  The Trio includes Elias Lammam on microtonal accordion and vocals, jazz bassist Cary Nichols of Santa Cruz on upright bass, and special guest percussionist Tareq Rantisi, originally from Jerusalem and now living in Boston, on tabla, tambourine, and frame drums.

The Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble, with guest performers from the participants of the first annual Santa Cruz Arabic Music Week, directed by Elias Lammam, will open the show.

Elias Lammam is widely considered by those familiar with Arabic music to be the best microtonal accordionist of his generation.  He continues to have many fans throughout the Middle East even after living in the U.S. for over 15 years. He is a highly respected scholar of Arabic music and lectures on maqam theory, vocal techniques, and Arabic music history.

"Elias Lammam is ... literally one of the best accordionists in the world. When Ivan Milev first saw Elias play, he kissed his fingers. When Abu Seoud first saw Elias play, he announced, 'You are the new Abu Seoud!" I am told this is as impressive as it sounds.' "

"Elias Lammam is a one of a kind musician. Very talented. He is the best that I have ever heard. Amazing accordian player and singer." Naser Musa, Recording Artist

Elias Lammam currently lives in Santa Cruz county with his two young children and is a full-time independent artist, teaching, performing, composing/arranging and recording music 7 days a week.  He has performed, toured and recorded with some of the top Arab singers of his time from the age of 13, including Asala Nasri, Rageb Alame, Wadi el Safi, George Wasouf, Ghassan Saliba, Joseph Noumnoum, and the well known Lebanese raqs sharqi dancers Amani and Samara.

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The concert will be held at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.  Family-friendly show.  All ages are welcome.  Open seating.  

For details about Santa Cruz Arabic Music Week please see:



Kuumbwa Jazz Center (View)
320-2 Cedar St # 2
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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