Wednesday, September 12th: Music from Arabia, Turkey and India: Then Meets Now

Music from Arabia, Turkey and India: Then Meets Now
The Gershwin Hotel (7 E. 27th St., Manhattan)

Three of the finest young musicians from Lebanon, Turkey and India will meet onstage to present “Music from Arabia, Turkey and India: Then Meets Now.” They will explore traditional cultural sounds and rhythms through a modern perspective. Come listen, dance and experience a global music fusion of the past and present!

Hadi Eldebek began his oud performance studies at the Lebanese National conservatory before moving to New York in 2005 to continue his studies with master oud and violin player Simon Shaheen. Since then, Hadi has played with several different groups of diverse genres and cultures such as Indian, Japanese, Turkish, and Greek. He also collaborated with playwright Heather Raffo for the score for her play “9 Parts of Desire” and has performed with the production across the country. In 2009, Hadi became a Teaching Artist for the Silk Road Project visiting New York City’s public schools to educate youth about oud and Arabic music. In 2010, Hadi became a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Hadi has degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry and is currently pursuing his Masters in Operations Research.

Suphala is one of the most versatile young tabla artists making music today. A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a range of musical traditions that combine her unique compositions and highly improvisational performances. These performances made history in early 2005 when she traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan as the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban. With three groundbreaking solo albums under her belt and a roster of high-profile collaborators including Norah Jones, Timbaland, Edie Brickell and Yoko Ono, Suphala continues to combine a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the tabla with a passionate commitment to expand the scope of its expression and to communicate it to the wider world.

With musical interests that span many genres and cultures, violinist Eylem Basaldi continues to perform with musicians and groups in the Turkish, Greek, Arabic, rock, indie and world music scenes in the New England area. She has traveled and performed extensively in United States, Europe and Turkey and has played with Omer Faruk Tekbilek, Ercan Irmak, Nukhet Duru, Dave Brubeck, Borromeo String Quartet, Boston Camarata, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Dunya Musician’s Collective, and at venues like Symphony Hall, Boston and Carnegie Hall, New York. She has appeared on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show with the indie rock band Afghan Whigs. Eylem is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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