Nov 2012: Concert Series Presents Karima Skalli

Al-Bustan is pleased to host vocalist Karima Skalli for a week-long residency comprised of rehearsals, demonstrations, and concerts in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC as part of the 2012-13 Arab Music Concert Series.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Karima Skalli began singing at a young age. She studied classical Arabic singing at the Marrakesh Conservatory and after graduating won a national award of excellence in Arab singing. Her strength as a singer lies not only in her beautiful voice, but also in her mastery of a diverse 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 many occasions and worked with Lebanese composer/musician Marcel Khalife to present a concert in honor of poet Mahmoud Darwish. She has performed internationally including at the Opera House in Cairo and at many prestigious Arab music festivals among them the Jarash Festival in Jordan and Carthage Festival in Tunisia.

Music of Morocco and Al-Andalus
with Al-Bustan’s resident takht ensemble
Hanna Khoury - violin
Kinan Idnawi – oud
Hicham Chami – qanun
Kinan Abou-afach – cello
Hafez El Ali Kotain – percussion

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Time: 4pm
Location: Trinity Center for Urban Life at 22nd and Spruce Streets in Center City, Philadelphia
Admission: $30 or $15 students with ID
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Post-Concert Reception with Karima Skalli
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Time: 6-7pm
Location: French Room at Trinity Center for Urban Life
Admission: $30 per person
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Boston Concert
Date: Friday, November 16, 2012

Time: 8pm
Location: Granoff Music Center – Distler Hall, Tufts University
Free / Open to the Public

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

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Karima Skalli performing at Mawazine Festival 2012:

Karima Skalli in the Community:

Music Demonstration for School Students
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time: 9:30-10:45am and 11:15am-12:15pm
Location: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Interested school groups invited to make reservations in advance with Al-Bustan
Co-sponsored by

Music Demonstration at University of Pennsylvania
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Amado Recital in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia – view campus map
Free/Open to the Public
Co-sponsored by Greenfield Intercultural Center and National Network for Arab American Communities

Questions? Contact Al-Bustan or call 267-809-3668.

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