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.
On the 1st Thursday of every month, under the direction of the singer, oud player and percussionist Nasser Kilada, new interpretations of popular Arab songs and traditional works are brought to the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN stage as part of the new concert series ARAB SONG JAM, performed by musicians who have fled to Berlin as refugees.The new concert series bases its format on the black American jam session culture of the 1940s. The first set of the evening was presented by a regular trio or quartet, while the second set had musicians new to the city introduced by the band leader.
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.”
Attending the ARAB SONG JAM is free of charge.