A Recital of Armenian & Middle-Eastern Music

Shavarsh Bardezbanian
Shavarsh Bardezbanian


Xauen Music & the DeKoven Center are proud to present a recital of Armenian & Middle-Eastern Music featuring Armenian musician Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian on ‘ud, clarinet, and duduk with Hicham Chami on qanun, Naser Musa on ‘ud, and Karim Nagi on hand drums.

The recital will be presented on Sunday, July 31st at 7:30 PM at the Great Hall
of the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin.

Tickets are for sale at xauen-music.com, $20 for adults and $10 for students. Proceeds will benefit the participants of the Heartland Youth Seminar on Arabic Music. Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian was born into an Armenian family in Massachusetts.

Bardezbanian took up the ’ud as a child, and by his teens had mastered the Armenian dance hall repertoire. He studied with the great Turkish qanun master Esber Koprucu, to whom he was apprenticed from 1977 until Koprucu’s death, mastering the complex system of maqam, Turkish classical music.

A prolific composer, Bardezbanian performs regularly with the Middle Eastern Ensemble, a sextet based in Portland, Maine that he has directed for several years. The ensemble has released a CD, From Kef to Classical.

Hicham Chami is a Moroccan-born qanun performer based in Chicago. He has studied
qanun for nearly twenty years. Chami graduated from the National Conservatory of
Music and Dance in Rabat, Morocco, with a diploma in qanun performance and
another in Western music theory. Chami has been performing with several ensembles in the U.S. and can be heard on several CDs, ranging from spiritualmusic and traditional Egyptian repertoire to Turkish folk music. He is founderof the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble as well as Xauen Music, an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic music.

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian who has lived in the Boston area for over 20
years. Nagi performs primarily Arabic, Turkish, and Andalusian hand percussion,
including the Egyptian tabla (goblet drum), riqq (tambourine) and segat (brass
castanets). Nagi leads the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble. He developed and
currently performs Turbo Tabla, a music and dance show that combines traditional
Arabic and Turkish music with modern electronica and techno. In 1998, Nagi began
producing the Arabesque Mondays series at Club Passim. He currently teaches at
the New England Conservatory of Music.
A Jordanian of Palestinian descent, singer/songwriter Naser Musa started playing
‘ud, a Middle Eastern lute, at an early age while living in Amman, Jordan. In
addition to the ‘ud, he also studied singing Arabic music. He moved to the
United States in 1982 and earned a degree in music from California Polytechnic
University, Pomona. Musa performs regularly at concerts and festivals around the
world. An ‘ud virtuoso and a valued studio musician, Musa has composed,
arranged, and recorded several projects in the Middle East and in the United

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