Jazz in Egypt, a human experience

The Cairo Jazz Festival
Ati Metwaly, Ahram online, 20 Mar 2013

The Cairo Jazz Festival, which will run between 21 and 23 March, was founded in 2009 by Amro Salah, a pianist and founder of Eftikasat, a prominent Egyptian jazz band.
In the festival’s first year, Salah was partnered by jazz vocalist Ahmed Harfoush and Eftikasat bass guitarist Samer George, but he now works alone with “friendly support” from his former colleagues.
Salah started AGWA Productions, which he uses as base for organising the festival, hosting a growing number of local and international artists at El Sawy Culturewheel. This year, however, the festival has moved to other locations in Cairo: mainly Darb 1718 and Al-Azhar Park.

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Time to re-discover matriarchal wisdom

Joseph Tartrian Band Celebrates Syria… Our Mother
Syrian Arab News Agency, Mar 19, 2013

TartrianDAMASCUS,(SANA)- Joseph Tartrian Band has performed a concert accompanied by an operatic singing dubbed “I Sing to My Mother Syria” on the Drama Stage at the Syrian Opera House attended by Minister of Culture, Dr. Lubanah Mshaweh.
The program of the concert included a group of various Arab and foreign songs presented in a operatic way such as the “Umi” song by artist Fairouz which was dedicated to mothers.
Tartrian started his study at Solhi al-Wadi Institute as he learned how to play the violin, and he continues his study of the operatic singing at the Higher Institute of Music.

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