1001 Nights Orchestra Presents: Mahfel Reunion A Night Of Music & Dance From The Middle East, The Balkans & Beyond

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1001 Nights Orchestra Presents: Mahfel Reunion   A Night Of Music & Dance From The Middle East, The Balkans & Beyond
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After a relatively long break, the 1001 Nights Orchestra is back for a fun night of music and dance from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus and more!

Featuring:
Anne Alexander: davul/dohol/tapan, dumbek, zils, daff
Kamran Hooshmand: electric oud, guitar, santur, vocals
Ken Maranian: clarinet
Dr. Don Weeda (Linguist, UT Austin): accordion, microtonal "Oriental" keyboard

and several special guests including from Houston:
Erin Foster Ghanem: Qanun/kanun, percussion & Missed Ghanem: Oud

And our own Austin friends:
Javier Palacios: Vocals
Julie Slim-Nassif: Vocals

And
Ghada Ghanem (from Beirut): Vocalist


Back in the early 1990s, we were one of the first Middle Eastern bands to bring these melodies and languages out of the academia and onto the streets of Austin, Texas. We hosted an open-mic series called Mahfel (meaning "party" in multiple Middle Eastern cultures) at a tiny little venue called the Chicago House from 1991 to 1998. These became hot events drawing a diverse array of people and musicians alike. We thought a reunion of sorts is in order since some of our mentors and colleagues from that period will be in town.

We will have several very special friends and former 1001 Nights collaborators join us for this show including the fabulous Erin Foster Ghanem on the qanun and percussion from Houston, Dr. Rebecca Sager, Prof. of ethnomusicology from Gainesville, FL., Dr. Anne Rasmussen, Prof. of ethnomusicology from Maryland and the director of the first UT Middle Eastern Ensemble from 1992-1996, where many of the Austin Middle Eastern musicians learned their initial lessons in the academic study of Arabic and Middle Eastern music, and Dr. Amie Maciszewski, sitar virtuoso from Dallas. We are thrilled to have these wonderful friends and colleagues joining us in reliving the old days! The beautiful Janete Mahaila is our confirmed dancer so far. Other surprise guests can be expected!

Come enjoy some delicious Russian food and some awesome vodka concoctions made to order by your Russian House staff! We had a blast playing here for our SXSW showcase and we can't wait to warm up the room once again!

There is no cover! But, come early to grab something to eat and get warmed up!
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