Saturday, March 19, 2011

Al Kamandjati

A few weeks ago I attended a special concert by the National Ensemble of Arabic Music at the Palestinian National Theatre, commonly know as Hakawati in Palestine/East Jerusalem. The performance was an elegant tapestry of classical Arabic music featuring an ensemble of musicians from 12 to 60 years old.  The orchestra is lead by Ramzi Aburedwan who is also the director of Al Kamandjati, a music school and center in Ramallah in the West Bank. Check out a clip from the concert:

Ramzi established Al Kamandjati to make music education more accessible to children from refugee camps and villages throughout Palestine and Lebanon. I had the pleasure to meet him and hang out with the orchestra after the show. 

Ramzi Aburedwan, second from left

The female singers were affable and adorable!

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