Join us for a solemn night of sacred music from the Muslim world and support Islamophobia research by UC Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) & the Islamophobia Studies Journal
The Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble (Arab Sufi music)
Mohammad Nejad Ensemble (Persian Sufi music)
Mete Bayyigit Ensemble (Turkish Sufi music)
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
2401 Le Conte Ave,
Berkeley, CA 94709
At-the-door Student rate (with current, valid student ID): $25
The program includes
Arabic poetry written by 4 classical Sufi poets: Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), al-Shushtari (1212-1269), Ibn al-Farid (1181-1235), Rabi’ah al-’Adawiyyah (717-801)
Persian poetry by Rumi, Sa’di, Hafiz, and others
Turkish poetry by Yunus Emre (1240-1321)
A sing-along to Tala’al Badru Alayna
Sponsored by the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP), UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender, Graduate Theological Union Center for Islamic Studies (GTU-CIS), San Francisco State University Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Program (AMED), Zaytuna College, Muslim Students Association (MSA) of UC Berkeley and Boalt Law School, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Northern California, Zawaya, and more not listed here.
This concert is the closing session of the Fourth Annual International Conference on the Study of Islamophobia
The 4th Annual International Conference on Islamophobia: From Theorizing to Systematic Documentation
University of California, Berkeley
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Law School
April 19th and 20th, 2013
Free and open to the public. Location is wheelchair accessible.
Full conference website:
This international conference sponsored by the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California at Berkeley is a multi-disciplinary and academic gathering focused on the systematic study of the “Othering” of Islam, the racialization of Muslims, and its institutional effects domestically and worldwide. From its inception in 2008, the conference is a forum for scholars, researchers and community activists who are engaged in the study of, and the collective attempt to, deconstruct the ideological, discursive, political, economic, social, and religious forces of Islamophobia. While there is an abundance of scholarly works available across many academic fields, our goal is to provide a dedicated intellectual space for an increasingly interdisciplinary and multi-collaborative platform for a global network of individuals and institutions working on issues about Islamophobia.
Old members, new members – all are welcome! For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries. The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, scent, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities. Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.
Zawaya thus launches an original event: ”Doorway to Islamic Civilization”, a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia. These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more. In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts. The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.
This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.
To learn more about each workshop, click on the workshop title.
ART & ARCHITECTURE
Workshop Code: AA1
Workshop Title: Islamic Ornamentation: Geometric Patterns
Workshop Code: AA2
Workshop Title: The Arabesque in Islamic Art and Architecture
ARTS & CRAFTS
Workshop Code: AC1
Workshop Title: Collaborative Painting: Lyrical Line
Workshop Code: AC2
Workshop Title: Turning Rumi: Verses of Unity & Love
Workshop Code: AC3
Workshop Title: Art on Glass
Workshop Code: AC4
Workshop Title: Islamic Patterns: Decoupage a Box
Workshop Code: AC5
Workshop Title: Ottoman Marbling
Workshop Code: AC6
Workshop Title: Intro to Islamic Ceramics: Make Your Own!
Workshop Code: AC7
Workshop Title: Five Characteristics of Islamic Art: A Hands-On Painting Workshop
Workshop Code: C1
Workshop Title: Intro to Nasta’liq Style Calligraphy
Workshop Code: C2
Workshop Title: Intro to Riq’a Style Calligraphy
Workshop Code: C3
Workshop Title: Intro to Thuluth Style Calligraphy
Workshop Code: C4
Workshop Title: Intro to Deewani Style Calligraphy
Workshop Code: C5
Workshop Title: Reed/Bamboo Pen Making
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Workshop Code: LC1
Workshop Title: Perfume and Incense of the Islamic Golden Age
Workshop Code: LC3
Workshop Title: The Art of Henna
Workshop Code: LC4
Workshop Title: Common Islamic Expressions
Workshop Code: M1
Workshop Title: Oud & Maqam
Workshop Code: M2
Workshop Title: Intro to Forms & Functions of Music in Islam
Workshop Code: M3
Workshop Title: The Most Beautiful Names of God in Song
Workshop Code: M4
Workshop Title: Christmas Carols from the Arab World
Workshop Code: M5
Workshop Title: Christian and Muslim Hymns from the Arab World
Workshop Code: M6
Workshop Title: Advanced Qanun: Arab, Azari, Persian, & Turkish
Workshop Code: M7
Workshop Title: Persian Music on Various Instruments
Workshop Code: M8
Workshop Title: Intro to Middle Eastern Percussion
Workshop Code: W1
Workshop Title: Find Your Authentic Voice Through Writing Your Spiritual Story
Workshop Code: W2
Workshop Title: Processing Islamophobia
Workshop Code: W3
Workshop Title: Women Writer’s Workshop
YOUTH (5 – 16 YEARS OLD) WORKSHOPS
Workshop Code: Y1
Workshop Title: Geometric Concepts in Islamic Art for Kids!
Workshop Code: Y2
Workshop Title: Mosaic Tiling and the Concept of Reflection for Kids!
Workshop Code: Y3
Workshop Title: Intro to Middle Eastern Percussion for Kids!
Workshop Code: Y4
Workshop Title: Henna Style: Temporary Tattoos for Kids
Workshop Code: Y5
Workshop Title: Christmas Carols from the Arab World
The Doorway to Islamic Civilization weekend-long event will kick off with a beautiful film: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, followed by a panel discussion including filmmaker Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts Phil Pasquini, Dr. Heba Mostafa, R. Hussain, Fateme Montazeri, and Arash Shirinbab. The panel discussion will be followed by live music by the Aswat Ensemble and refreshments.
Film Showing: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: Main Hall, ICCNC, 1433 Madison St., Oakland
Ticket price: $5 online / $10 at the door
Film Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes
Executive Producers: Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe
Panelists: Michael Wolfe, Dr. Heba Mostafa, R. Hussain, Fateme Montazeri, and Arash Shirinbab
About the Panelists:
Michael Wolfe is co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation and Co-Executive Producer for UPF Films. For 15 years, Wolfe was publisher of Tombouctou Books, a small press that published poetry and avant garde prose. Michael’s first books on Islam were The Hadj, a first-person travel account, and One Thousand Roads to Mecca, an anthology of 10 centuries of travelers’ writing. After September 11th, he edited Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith which won a 2003 Wilbur Award. In 1997, Wolfe hosted a televised account of the Hajj from Mecca forNightline. The program was nominated for Peabody, Emmy, George Polk, and National Press Club Awards. In 2003, Wolfe worked with CNN-International reporter Zain Verjee to produce a documentary on the Hajj. Michael is the co-director of UPF’s Hollywood engagement program, called MOST – Muslims on Screen and Television, which works with writers and producers to develop more true-to-life characters and storylines of Muslims on television and in films.
Phil Pasquini is an award winning photojournalist, artist and educator who has traveled extensively across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for more than four decades. He is the author of the recently released book, Domes, Arches and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America.
Dr. Heba Mostafa trained as an architect and architectural historian in Cairo, Egypt and Cambridge, UK. She currently teaches Islamic art and architecture at UC Berkeley.
R. Hussain is an art historian and curator currently residing in the SF Bay Area. Her research interests include the influence of Eastern cultures on the Italian Baroque. She has written and lectured extensively.
Fateme Montazeri is currently earning her PhD in Islamic art. She is the co-founder of Ziya Art Studio at Berkeley. She has a degree in calligraphy from National Institute of Iranian Calligraphers and serveral of her tazheeb (decorative border painting) and calligraphy works have been exhibited around the Bay Area. Visit www.wix.com/ziyastudio/ziya.
Arash Shirinbab is a calligrapher, and the co-founder of and principal at Ziya Art Studio. Since 2011, he has successfully operated this studio in Berkeley by providing authentic Islamic and Persian calligraphy artwork.
About Aswat: Aswat is the Bay Area’s premier Arab music ensemble sponsored by Zawaya. True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Middle Eastern music. Aswat’s doors are open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enriching exchange between Arab Americans and other communities through the universal language of music. For more information about Aswat, please visit www.zawaya.org.
About the Film:
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is proud to present its latest documentary film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. This new ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.
The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.
Like all art, Islamic art carries with it the fundamental values and perspectives of the artists who created it as well as those who commissioned and paid for it. It incorporates the basic themes of transcendent beauty common to all creative endeavors.
Narrated by Academy Award winning performer Susan Sarandon, this dazzling documentary reveals the variety and diversity of Islamic art. It provides a window into Islamic culture and brings broad insights to the enduring themes that have propelled human history and fueled the rise of world civilization over the centuries.
To learn more about the film, please visit http://www.islamicart.tv/
Please send all donations and correspondence to Zawaya at the following address:
311 41st Ave.
San Mateo CA 94403
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This *LIVE* political satire features Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian TV host and political satirist, who has become famous throughout the Middle East. His show, first entitled as the ‘B+ Show’ and then ‘El-Bernameg (the Program)’, received wide acclaim, leading to over 50,000,000 downloads off of his YouTube channel. He is also a cardiothoracic surgeon who assisted the wounded in Tahrir Square during the 18 day uprising that led to the resignation of then Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He has been profiled throughout the Arab press, al-Jazeera, the Guardian (UK) and Bloomberg Businessweek (USA).
Tickets now available on http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251293
Comedian Sammy Obeid (http://www.rooftopcomedy.com/comics/SammyObeid)
Comedian Mo Na (http://www.youtube.com/monadoesfunny)
Sword Martial Artist Osama Nasser
Multi-instrumentalist Mohammad Nejad (http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/video/michael-nejad/1401883)
The Aswat Women Ensemble (www.zawaya.org)
Event proceeds will benefit the Egypt Cancer Network 57357 and AFNCI (ECN).
This summer, Aswat brings you a concert celebrating the work of musical genius, prolific composer, and innovator Mohammed Abdel Wahab (1899-1991).
Abdel Wahab reshaped the musical landscape of the Arab world in the twentieth century, a time when the relatively new and unremitting onslaught of Western culture and ideas posed a challenge to Arab identity not only in politics and economics, but also in art and music.
It was in this charged atmosphere that Abdel Wahab dared to confront the question of Arab identity as it related to the ascendant, colonizing West through music. The result was a staggering body of work spanning a lifetime that came to reflect Arab self-perception and aspirations.
Despite unassailable credentials in traditional, classical Arab music, Abdel Wahab nonetheless brought innovation to Arab music by incorporating the use of Western instruments and rhythms in his arrangements and compositions. While this seems commonplace today, it was avant garde when Abdel Wahab first decided to do it.
Regardless of purist criticism, Abdel Wahab’s music ultimately provided the soundtrack for a generation that negotiated a new world in which they desired to retain and maintain their Arab identity alongside their love affair – even if deemed illicit – with these new, if invasive, Western forms. How else could his music have spoken so effectively to the Arab world? How else could it have stuck in Arab hearts and minds if it were not giving expression to who they were and how they felt? And stick it did.
Roughly 20 years after Abdel Wahab’s death, his music lives on as classics in their own right in the Arab world. Aswat pays tribute to Abdel Wahab on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at the College of San Mateo Theatre. Directed by Maestro Omar Abbad, the program includes Abdel Wahab’s instrumental compositions, the songs he composed and sang himself, and songs he composed for other singers, demonstrating Abdel Wahab’s growth and development throughout his career.
Let Aswat take you on an enchanted musical trip deep into Marin’s Redwood forest, a mere half-hour drive from San Francisco.
Experience the opulence of Arab music in a quaint forest cottage at The Center for Peace and Compassion, where Thoreau’s Walden and Isfahan’s Ālī Qāpū Palace meet.
Aswat’s live music, coupled with the Center’s intimate setting and Eastern opulence, kept warm and cozy by an antique wood-burning stove and Persian rugs, and completely enveloped by the majesty of a Redwood forest is a sensory smorgasbord that one won’t soon forget.
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: The Center for Peace and Compassion, 781 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA 94939
Tickets Available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230327
Online tickets: $15
Tickets at the door: $20
*This unique Aswat venue requires that shoes be taken off at the door, and that you take your seat on the fine Persian rugs layered on the floor.*
*Parking is FREE and plentiful!*
About Arab music:
Arab music contains an array of emotional spaces not found in Western music tradition. It is highly decorated with little frills, and, in songs, combined with long complex phrases sung by Aswat vocalists who pause not even for a breath. Instrumental pieces are intricate, requiring talent and skill as it involves Taqasīm (improvisation) in which musicians transition from one maqām (melodic mode) to another, and then modulate back to the original maqām. Aswat percussionists and qanūn (zither) players have gained admiration in concerts from this transitional modulation.
About the Musical Director:
Omar Abbad’s musical direction is informed by decades of a life immersed in Arab music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musicology, specializing in ‘Oud, from Jordan Academy of Music and a Masters of Arts in Musicology from Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. He founded and conducts al-Nagham al-Aseel, and composes and arranges for such groups as Awtar Amman Ensemble and Children’s Ensemble for Arab Music in Jordan. He has conducted various University orchestras and ensembles, including the Jordan Academy of Music Ensemble and al-Hannouneh, which specializes in Palestinian folk music. Famous Jordanian singers are no stranger to him as well. Omar has conducted the likes of Macadi Nahas, Ayda al-Amerkani, and Lara el-Layyan. His musical talent and expertise have brought him to Europe, and now to the United States. The first Aswat concert he directed was one of Aswat’s most memorable and successful: Salute to the Youth of Egypt & Tunisia in February 2011. He returns this year to conduct Aswat for another season.
Arabic Singing I
Arabic Singing II
Instructor: Dr. Guilnard Moufarrej
Instructor: Dr. James Samir Ismail
Instructor: Faisal Zedan
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
Sundays, 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Starting January 22nd
Ending May 20th
Enrollment takes place on the first day of class, January 22, 2012, from 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
To enroll, please submit the following:
1. Filled-out registration form; 2. Payment (cash or check): $340 per student for the Winter/Spring 2012 session (17 classes / January 22—May 20, 2012)
Registration forms are available here, and will be made available on the first day of class.
Make all checks payable to ZAWAYA (not Aswat)
Submit registration form and payment to support staff
No student will be allowed to sit in class if registration form is not filled out and tuition fee is unpaid.
For more information, email Nabila Mango at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland, CA: ASWAT Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble Benefit Concert for MECA Maia Project
ASWAT performs “Soul Tradition Love,” including songs celebrating Arab Spring!
Also songs from Palestine, featuring ASWAT Youth, plus dynamic singer/songwriter David Rovics.
The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison Street, downtown Oakland
(near 12th St. BART)
If you use a wheelchair, please contact MECA, they will be glad to assist you
Cosponsored by MECA and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Benefit for MECA’s Maia Project: Bringing Clean Water to the Children of Palestine.
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, $10 low-income/students/children under 12. $50 priority reserved seating also support Maia Project.
Buy tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006 to place your order
$15 tickets available at bookstores November 4: (East Bay) Books Inc./Berkeley; Books Inc./Alameda; Diesel; Moe’s Books; Walden Pond; (SF) Modern Times.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, visit www.mecaforpeace.org
Aswat Youth unveils Dabke classes for 2011. Taught by seasoned Dabke choreographer and instructor Waeil Elbhaissy. Starts Saturday, February 5, 2011. To sign up, email email@example.com.
The Winter-Spring 2011 session starts on January 15th, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Arab American Cultural Center of the Silicon Valley (AACC/SV) at Houge Park, Building #2, 3952 Twilight Drive, San Jose, CA 95124.
The Aswat Youth program was founded in January 2009 to allow youths of any nationality to learn and experience Arabic music through singing and playing instruments. Designed specifically for children as young as 5 and as old as 18, the program offers lessons in tabla (hand drum), ’oud (middle eastern lute), qanun (zither), nay (end-blown wooden flute), and violin. The program is directed by Dr. Guilnard Moufarrej who holds a ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, and is a performing member of the Aswat Ensemble. The instructors of Aswat Youth include accomplished percussionist Loay Dahbour, and seasoned musicians Husain Dixon Resan and Younes El Makboul, all performing members of the Aswat Ensemble.
Now more than ever, ASWAT needs your support! Take action and support the national vanguard of Arabic culture.
With a minimum donation of $50, we will send you an acknowledgement of your tax-deductible gift and the 10th Year Anniversary Commemorative DVD chronicling the life of Aswat from its humble beginnings to its latest incarnation as a cultural force in the Bay Area and beyond. The DVD contains the entirety of Aswat’s sold-out May 8th Concert directed by Rachid Halihal, which includes the heartrending performance of guest artist May Nasr.
Print and fill in the DVD order form, and mail together with the check.
Make check payable to ZAWAYA, and mail to the following address:
ZAWAYA – Aswat DVD 2010
3150 18th ST. MAILBOX #505
SAN FRANCISCO CA 94110
CLICK HERE for the registration form.
Join Zawaya for an evening of intimate conversation with renowned chef, award-winning TV host, author, musician, & international man of mystery BOBBY CHINN on Monday, November 16, 2009. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at 142 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, CA 94115.
Chinn, who is Egyptian-Chinese, authored “Wild, Wild East“, which will be available for sale and signing at the venue.
$25 tax-deductible donation at the entrance (cash or check only; no credit cards).
ZAWAYA Proudly Presents a New Art Exhibit:
The Work of Mohammed Al Sadoun
Reception: Thursday June 21, 2007
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Exhibit runs through July 21, 2007
At the Arab Cultural & Community Center
2 Plaza Street, San Francisco, CA 94116
Mohammed Al Sadoun is an Iraqi painter and conceptual artist. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. His work involves using unconventional materials and concepts including burning books, doors and furniture. His choice of such objects is “both testimony and silent protest against aggression in all its forms, including global dominance.” Al Sadoun explores many issues including the war on Iraq, the destruction of homes in the time of war, protesting the censorship, the lack of freedom of expression and human rights in the Middle East. He is also a researcher and a historian of modern Arab art, especially contemporary Iraqi art, and has given numerous lectures and presentations about the subject at academic institutions and cultural centers.
ZAWAYA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Arabic Music, Art, Poetry, Literature, Theater, and Culture through instruction and presentation.
For more information, contact ZAWAYA
Dr. Kahf will be reading from her poetry volume ”E-Mails from Scheherazad” and her Novel “the Girl in the Tangerine Scarf”.Both books will be on sale at the event for book signing.
Refreshment will be served.
Plenty of free parking. Donations to defray cost are welcomed at the door.
For further info email firstname.lastname@example.org
by Wael Kakish, Artistic Director of Kan Zaman, Los Angeles and ASWAT,
and Alfred Madain, Los Angeles musician and Ethnomusicologist
When: April 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Arab Cultural Center, 2 Plaza Avenue, San Francisco.
Limited Space 45-50
Bring your instruments with you to learn few Arabic maqams.
Refreshments will be served.
Note: On April 15, feel free to come at 4:00 PM to watch ASWAT rehearsing (4-6 p.m.) for our up-coming concert at College of San Mateo theater on June 2nd. Concert General admission is $20.00 and student $10.00. Check zawaya.org for more info on concert or email email@example.com
Sponsored by ZAWAYA and ASWAT Ensemble
The ACCC and ZAWAYA present
Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said
A Film by Sato Makoto
Out of Place traces the life and work of Edward Said (1935-2003), the Palestinian intellectual who wrote widely on history, literature, music, philosophy and politics. Filmed in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the U.S., Out of Place is a fascinating biographical film on one of the most acclaimed cultural critics of the postwar world. It is an engaging examination of the cultural and political issues to which he devoted his life.
When: February 15, 6:30 pm
Where: 2 Plaza St. San Francisco, CA, 94116
For more information call (415) 664-2200 ext. 19
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org