• Wednesday, March 04th, 2009

Iraqi-American Rahim Al Haj and Iraqi-Israeli Yair Dalal, both masters of the oud (arabic lute), original composers, and keepers of traditional Iraqi music will perform separately and together in a concert to raise funds for Iraqi refugees, including those settling locally. This rare concert will take place at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca on the corner of Buffalo and Aurora Streets in downtown Ithaca. Tickets will be on sale starting February 20th at Small World Music, and Ithaca Guitar Works: $24. Students and seniors and low-income pay $16 in advance or $20 at the door. All proceeds for will go to Iraqi Refugees Assistance Connection, a fund of the CRESP Center for Transformative Action. This concert is a collaborative production of Crossing Borders concert series www.crossingborderslive.org and Sonic Planet, an international music radio show airing on WICB 91.7 FM Ithaca Saturdays from 5-7pm.

Also the same evening …

CMEMME — Traditional Mediterranean songs about water presented by the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Ensemble http://www.arts.cornell.edu/cmeme/ on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 pm (music starts at about 7:00 pm) for the opening ceremony of the conference on Water-sharing and Culture in the Mediterranean - Participants: Fellows of the Society for the Humanities Cornell Mediterranean Water Project Team: Gail Holst-Warhaft, Gil Levine, Keith Porter, Tammo Steenhuis March 6th-8th, 2009 A.D. White House Cornell University POSTER PLEASE POST http://canaaninstitute.org/docs/water_conference.pdf SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE WITH REVISED SCHEDULE http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeski/viewtopic.php?p=1245#1245 The Water conference starts at 5:00 pm

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    Barbara Dyskant 
    Wednesday, 4. March 2009

    Hi all,

    I want to put in a “plug” for Rahim al Haj (the oud master). Nadine (my daughter) and I heard him last year in Rochester. His music is gorgeous, flawlessly crafted, and extremely moving. It is also a strong tonic for the cultural misgivings that plague so much of this country — even though it is
    totally instrumental, the language of his music is crystal clear. His
    brief and poignant introductions to the selections are perfect. He is
    also a wonderful person.

    I hope you can go and hear him — this is a concert you will remember for a long time..

    Warmly,
    Barbarfa Dyskant (musical friend)

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