Remapping the Middle East Playlist
Co-presented by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Can intercultural collaborations help mediate tribal identities and conflicts in the Middle East? A panel of musical authorities navigates the complex terrain of Arab-Israeli cultural reconciliation: UC Berkeley ethnomusicologist Benjamin Brinner has studied 1980s fusion bands in Israel; Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz sets Jewish and Arab texts in his works; oudist and Arab music educator Thaer Bader is an alumnus of the Arab-Jewish Youth orchestra in Jerusalem; and Israeli composer Betty Olivero draws musical inspiration from Arabic poetry. This dynamic program is punctuated by performances by Bader, famed mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and clarinetist and 2013–14 UC Regents’ Lecturer David Krakauer.
This program is part of the weeklong series Listening to the Other: Mideast Musical Dialogues.
For more information visit www.listeningtotheother.org.
View photos from the event here.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.