Hijaz (EFG London Jazz Festival): Hijaz is an Arabic musical scale but also holds a clear reference to jazz. Based around the dialogue between the oud and the piano, Hijaz is a close quartet exploring differences and similarities in cultures in order to create harmony, warmth and musical beauty. Formed in in 2004, and sprung from the collaboration between Tunisian master oud player Moufadhel Adhoum and Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman, Hijaz is the marriage of the Western piano with the Middle Eastern oud.
DAM, Katibeh 5, Rafeef Ziadah: A concert with DAM, the first Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, offering a unique fusion of East and West combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and urban hip-hop. To be joined by Katibeh 5 (another hip-hop group who continue to break the barrier of silence with evocative lyrics that speak to the realities of Palestinian struggles in the diaspora) and Rafeef Ziadah, who is a Palestinian poet and human rights activist.
Munir Waked 'On The Way Home': An exhibition that explores and challenges, through installation and digital prints, our idea of social justice and its connections with space and place in the context of the multiple displacements of the lived Palestinian experience from 1948 until 2014. Waked is an artist living in east London, born and raised in Nazareth. Hosted by Arts Canteen and taking place from 6-20 November, 2015 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Muslim Institute And Numbi Arts Fundraising Event: A special evening of live music, spoken word and eclectic jams to raise funds for both the Muslim Institute and Numbi Arts; including a charity auction of exclusive art by some of the best contemporary Muslim and diasporic artists in the UK. Event will also see a performance by the London-based band Farid Adjazairi, which is a four piece band consisting of singer/songwriters, oud, guitar and drum players from Algeria. Date is 30 September, 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Mediterranean Night: A musical journey around the Mediterranean Sea, celebrating the rich and diverse music of the region and mixing the traditional with new sounds, including North-African/Arabic and Jazz-fusion grooves from the Melange Collective, the Ethnic beat box, conscious lyrics and Afro-Mediterranean voyage from Vocal Global and global beats from DJ/Belly-dancer Ossi. Taking place on 26 September, 2014 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
War and Peace: An event focused around a new Arabic adaptation of War and Peace which will be performed in Gaza and live-streamed to London. It is part of a ten year partnership between 'AZ Theatre' (Britain) and 'Theatre for Everybody' (Gaza), including new writing from Caryl Churchill, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana as well as letters from Gaza written by Hossam Madhoud. There will also be displayed a miniature exhibition for artists from Gaza. Taking place on 14 September, 2014 at Rich Mix, London.
Olcay Bayir: Carrying enchanting musical heritage of Anatolian cultures, Olcay Bayir sings her own contemporary compositions to original arrangements of traditional folk songs spread across the region of the Mediterranean,Anatolia and Mesopotamia. Presented by Arts Canteen, concert takes place 12 September, 2014 at Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Reem Kelani: Arts Canteen present a most outstanding and innovative Arabic singer Reem Kelani, as she explores a profoundly personal musical territory with her fine cross-cultural band, creating an intense and emotional sound-scape that starts somewhere between propulsive contemporary jazz and spine-tingling Arabic maqaams and continues with power, passion and poetry as well as Palestinian favourites. Performing on 25 July, 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch.
Amira Kheir: Arts Canteen & Rich Mix present the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (Journal du Mali) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir; whose musical sounds are inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, East and West African as well as Middle Eastern music.