25 November 2012

Morocco: Moroccan Singer Karima Skalli to Perform December 1 in Washington At Smithsonian

Washington, DC — Al-Bustan music ensemble - On Saturday evening, Dec. 1, acclaimed Moroccan vocalist Karima Skalli will perform in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Museum - in a free concert open to the public starting at 7:30 pm, in Meyer Auditorium of the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery. She will be joined by Al-Bustan's resident takht ensemble and perform "Music of Morocco and Al-Andalus."

The performance is part of Al-Bustan's 2012-13 Arab Music Concert Series, which is featuring guest performers in concerts this Fall with the Al-Bustan music ensemble in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Karima Skalli began singing at a young age and studied classical Arabic singing at the Marrakesh Conservatory in Morocco. After graduating she won a national award for excellence in Arab singing, with her strength not only her beautiful voice but also her mastery of a wide range of music.

She is an accomplished Arab vocalist, excelling in the repertoire of Arab vocal icons Umm Kulthoum and Asmahan, the traditional music of Morocco and Andalusia, and Sufi music. Her album Wasla successfully revived the wasla form of music (wasla meaning "that which links").

Skalli has collaborated with acclaimed Moroccan oud player and composer Said Chrabi and Iraqi oud virtuoso Naseer Chama on numerous occasions and also worked with Lebanese composer/musician Marcel Khalife to perform a concert in honor of the poet Mahmoud Darwish.

She has performed internationally at the Opera House in Cairo and at prestigious Arab music festivals including the Jarash Festival in Jordan and Carthage Festival in Tunisia. She performed earlier this year at the 2012 Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat, Morocco on May 18 (click here to see YouTube video of her Mawazine performance).

For the Arab Music Concert Series, she performed on Nov. 18 in Philadephia at Trinity Center for Urban Life, and on Nov. 16 in Boston at Granoff Music Center, Distler Hall, Tufts University.

Details of upcoming Washington, DC Concert

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Museum

Free / Open to the Public - get free tickets in advance

"Music of Morocco and Al-Andalus" with Karima Skalli and Al-Bustan's resident takht ensemble:

Hanna Khoury - violin

Kinan Idnawi - oud

Hicham Chami - qanun

Kinan Abou-afach - cello

Hafez El Ali Kotain - percussion

Arab Music Concert Series

Al-Bustan is proud to present another season of its Arab Music Concert Series, featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists and Al-Bustan's resident takht music ensemble, led by Music Director Hanna Khoury, performing concerts in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Washington DC. The program is made possible with support by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

For more information, click on Al-Bustan or call 267-809-3668.

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