Intercultural Residency Series
Spring 2011

Highlights of Spring Residency
Simon Shaheen: Heritage Without Boundaries
March 10-12

World Music Concert

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 p.m.
Simon Shaheen and Guests

Preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. with Virginia Danielson, author of The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century.
"Simon Shaheen's success in combining characteristics of Middle Eastern music, Western classical music, jazz and Latin rhythms into a gorgeous tapestry can be traced to his capacity to find their common threads."
Los Angeles Times

“‘Ecstasy’ best describes the exquisite performance given by [this] virtuoso.”
The Detroit Times

Palestinian composer and oud and violin player, Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work
incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arab music, while it forges ahead to new
frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. Shaheen is a
composer (with grants from NEA, NYSCA, Meet the Composer, Library of congress,
Jerome Foundation, etc.; and a performing musician with Western Classical and
Arab traditional Music training as well. The world music concert will consist of traditional Arab sounds and extend to a fusion of jazz, western, Latin and Arab music. The presence on campus of a world class performer who connects the past with the future, will resonate with those looking at the roots of classical European music, traditional/classical Arab music, and contemporary ‘world music’.

This concert concludes Simon Shaheen’s residency, part of the MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series at Brandeis University. We invite you to join us in open classes, discussions, concerts, and workshops throughout the week.

Listen to their music

Residency Events

Across campus, all events open to the public

March 7-12, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center Lobby
Architecture and Photography Exhibit: Translating Modernity in a Globalized World
Students have designed and built architectural models that speak to the translation of modernity in a world where the local and the global coexist in the same space. As the edifice symbolizes the global, close-up photographs of architectural details reveal the richness of local tradition.

Thursday, March 10

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Waltham High School
Education Program
For 9th grades of the Waltham Public Schools: MUUS Lesson plan links social studies curriculum with the music performance.

1:10-2:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – Open Class
Join FA 76A Palestinian and Israeli Art, Film and Visual Culture: Intersecting Visions, ANTH 184B Cross-Cultural Art and Aesthetics, and visiting artists in performance. and discussion. As an expression of cultural and individual values, music is part of the social fabric. How does Simon Shaheen, legendary proponent of classical Arabic style who is also renowned for his boundary crossing musical fusions balance the local with the global? What does the social fabric look (sound) like in a transnational world?

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Foster Gallery, Rose Art Museum – Gallery Talk and Informal Concert
3:30 Gallery Talk, by Director of Academic Programs, Dabney Hailey on artist Ana Mendieta’s "Body Tracks", 1982.
4:00 Informal Performance, Simon Shaheen and friends.

8:00 p.m 
Levin Ballroom
B'Yachad presents "Musika Rox:Rhythms of the Middle East"  Join the acclaimed Brandeis Israeli folk dance troupe for an evening dance, poetry, and song.

Friday, March 11

12:10-1:30 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – Open Class
Join FA 79A Modernism Elsewhere and visiting artists in performance and discussion.
Zakhrafa is the art of ornamentation or embellishment found in many Arabic artistic expressions. What is at stake when this aesthetic is challenged by the argument of faÁade versus substance? What sorts of cultural values are expressed through architecture? What is gained and lost in the new hybrid and cross-cultural forms? How do artists, who are agents of change and translation, inhabit the in-between places of a globalized world?

1:40-3:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – Open Class
Join MUS 3b Intro to World Music and visiting artists in performance of and discussion about Arabic classical music. Learn about Maqam, iqa, zakhrafa from one of the most renowned proponents of this tradition. What is improvisation in this music? Explore the relationship of classical and colloquial Arabic poetry in vocal forms.

3:10-4:30 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – Open Class
MUS 150 Women and Music, Past and Present: Style, Identity, and Culture
Guest speaker: Virginia Danielson.
Join ethnomusicologist Virginia Danielson, author of the book, "The Voice of Egypt": Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century in a discussion about women in the Arabic world.

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall - Open Workshop
Visiting artist Simon Shaheen leads a workshop in Arabic music.
RSVP: Contact to sign up.

Saturday, March 12

7:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – Preconcert Talk
Speaker: Virginia Danielson
Join Virginia Danielson in a discussion of Simon Shaheen’s work. Danielson is an ethnomusicologist and author of the book, "The Voice of Egypt": Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century.

8:00 p.m.
Slosberg Recital Hall – World Music Concert
Simon Shaheen and Friends – Heritage Without Boundaries

The 2010–2011 MusicUnitesUS Intercultural Residency Series is sponsored in part by a matching grant from the CDQ Charitable Trust; the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Brandeis Arts Council; the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; the Department of Music; the Waltham Public Schools; and many other on- and off-campus supporters.

Brandeis Tickets
Tickets for the World Music Concert are $25 for the general public, $15 for the Brandeis community and $5 for students. Buy your tickets in advance to save $5 on the $25 and $15 tickets! Series subscription rates are available.

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