Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, as we present our formal Spring concert on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.
We are excited to present a great variety of music and dance from throughout the Middle East. We will feature an extended set of Armenian music and dance, including 3 songs by the renowned blind oud player, Udi Hrant (1901-1978) and one by the minstrel Gusan (ashugh) Sheram (1857-1938). We will also present 2 Jewish Sabbath songs from Baghdad and Yemen, a classical Turkish instrumental composition, famous songs by the superstar singers Fairouz (Lebanese, b.1935) and Umm Kulthum (Egyptian, c.1904-1975), and a Persian song composed and performed by Santa Barbara-based Javid-John Mosadeghi.
As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, including dances from Armenian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Nubian cultures. The director of our dance company, Cris! Basimah, will conclude the performance with a rousing multi-sectional solo dance.
Scott Marcus, Founder & Director
Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s percussion section
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company