Khaliji Art Alive
San Francisco, CA 94102
Experience the history of arts from the Arabian Peninsula that influenced the development of contemporary Khaliji music (a style native to eastern Arabia). Artists from the Aswat ensemble sample artistic endeavors dating to pre-Islamic times that have marked the development of music from the peninsula. Aswat is a performing arts group that is part of the nonprofit organization, Zawaya.
Performance highlights include poetry, recitation of the Qur’an (tajweed), and instrumental improvisations (taqaseem). Starting with poetry of the pre-Islamic period to the 20th century, and interspersed with instrumental improvisations, the performance culminates in the presentation of sacred songs presented by the Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble.
The program also features the Aswat women’s ensemble and the larger, 40-piece Aswat ensemble in a performance of contemporary Saudi songs, including a Q&A with artist Rana Jarbou.
Zawaya is a nonprofit organization that contributes to the multicultural discourse of the Bay Area. Zawaya means “aspects” or “corners,” suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture. The group was founded in 2003 by Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben Halim, Arab-American women who recognize that the challenges faced by Arab-American communities in the Bay Area require a creative response. Aiming to address stereotypes and misconceptions, Zawaya offers a genuine image of Arab-Americans as a source of strength for American society. To learn more about Zawaya, visit www.zawaya.org.
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