Melodies from Egypt: Music of the Golden Age


Sat Feb 04 2023 at 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm


de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco | San Francisco, CA

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This concert will feature Egyptian violinist Basma Edrees, oudist Sirvan Manhoobi and Egyptian percussionist Reda Darwish in a concert centered around Egyptian music of the 20th century (considered Egypt’s Golden age of music in the modern era).

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Samai Kurd Abdo Daghir
Bintilbalad by Mohamed Abdelwahab
Zikrayati by Mohamed Al-Qasabgi
Nourik ya set elkol by Mohamed Al-Qasabgi
Samra ya Samra by Karem Mahmoud
Shidd ilhizam ‘ala wistak by Sayyid Darwish
Elhilwa dee by Sayyid Darwish

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Basma Edrees
Basma Edrees is an Egyptian violinist who leads a career as a performer and educator. She has played Arabic music with renowned musicians from the Arab world. With a passion for introducing the world to the rich music of her upbringing, Basma Edrees has given Arabic music workshops at UC Berkeley and Stanford. She has taught Arabic music as well as Western Counterpoint at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is on the violin faculty of Santa Clara university where she participates in coaching SCU’s World Music Ensemble on Arab musical techniques. Basma Edrees is also a faculty at Labyrinth; one of the leading educational institutions of modal music. Basma Edrees was the first female music director to lead the Bay Area’s Arabic Aswat music ensemble in a concert featuring music of Sudan and Nubia. She also served as the Music Director of the Aswat Women Ensemble -an all female Bay Area community ensemble specializing in Arabic music- for four years. During that time, she served as the co-manager and instructor of the Aswat Women Empowerment Program during their 2019 Fall season; a program designed to empower women of Arab descent through the study of their own rich musical tradition. Having earned her Masters Degree in violin performance from The Juilliard School in NY, Basma also enjoys a career as a Western classical musician playing with different orchestras around the Bay Area as well as her duo with her fellow Juilliard alumn, pianist Ava Nazar. Basma Edrees has recently joined the Bay Area Tango music scene as a member of the Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet and Sumi Lee/Basma Edrees Tango duo.

Sirvan Manhoobi (Oudist)
Sirvan Manhoobi started his musical journey at age 13 taking tar/sehtar, studying with Keivan Saket and Behrooz Hemati. He chose oud as his primary instrument and attended classes with Arsalan Kamkar. Other masters he has studied under include Mohamadreza Lotfi (Radif Navazi-Iranian classical music repertoire), Mehran Rohani (principles and history of music), Siamak Jahangiri (improvisation and analysis of Radif). Upon taking workshops in improvisation with Hossein Alizadeh, Manhoobi was also introduced to the shoorangiz instrument. He was awarded Best Soloist in Iranian music festivals and collaborated with Ardeshir Kamkar. Manhoobi formed the Bamdad Music Ensemble, focusing on Kurdish and Iranian classical music. He is an MA graduate of archaeology from Tehran University and has worked with Bahram Bezaei as a composer and tar player for his most recent play, Tarabnameh, at Stanford. Manhoobi currently lives in Oakland, performing, composing, and teaching Iranian and Kurdish music.

Reda Darwish (Percussionist)
Reda Darwish, a native of Cairo, has been playing various percussion instruments since childhood. In fact he was featured weekly on Egyptian television at the age of eight. Soon Reda was playing for Egypt's most famous dancers and singers including Fayza Ahmed, Nagat Iisaghira and Samira Said. Reda was in demand at recording studios and later touring with Hani Mahanna's orchestra. They eventually toured the United States where Reda has now made his new home. In constant demand for performances, Reda has also recorded his own compositions. He was commissioned to compose the sound track for the Readers Digest's Wonders "Sacred and Mysterious" series covering Egypt and Turkey.

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de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr,San Francisco,CA,United States, San Francisco, United States

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