On the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM
The new concert series ARAB SONG JAM is a subproject of the EU-financed project “The sound routes. Notes for getting closer” for integrating refugees in Europe. The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are organizing this in cooperation with their partner organisations in Belgium, Italy and Spain.
Similar to the jazz jam sessions in all cities around the world being oriented towards The Real Book’s jazz standards, the new concert series ARAB SONG JAM makes use of the rich treasures of the Arab-language song repertoire that were made popular throughout the entire Arab region in the 50s and 60s by the legendary singers Oum Kalthoum from Cairo and Fairuz from Beirut as well as traditional songs.
“There are many songs from the region that every child knows” bandleader Nasser Kilada explains, “to reinterpret them so that they sound new again – that is a high art.”
Nasser Kilada presents the vocal group Hanin Group Berlin to open the series:The Hanin Group Berlin was founded in 2017 and is a singing group who perform tradition Syrian songs. It is a branch of the “Cultural Meeting Point” that was founded in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on the 22nd of February 2015. The Meeting Point is an initiative for empowering women as it provides social and psychological support. Our goal is to create vocal groups in the Syrian diaspora. The Hanin Group Berlin sang on the 23rd of December 2016, at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirch at the event demonstrating solidarity for the victims of the Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack, and also sung at a Rote Rathaus event in cooperation with the Ibn Rushd incorporated society in February 2017.
Raja Banout: Founder and management
Waseem Mukdad: Music trainer and art director
Attending the ARAB SONG JAM is free of charge.