• Naser Musa — oud, voice
• Souren Baronian — duduk, gaval, G clarinet, percussion
• Rowan Storm — frame drums, voice
• Jim Grippo — kanun
• Far'ha — Middle Eastern dance with Sazandeh Women's Ensemble
In a stunning marriage of Indian and Iranian classical music, sitar virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan, son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan and Kayhan Kalhor, master of the kamancheh (the traditional fiddle of Persian classical music) present an evening of inspired improvisation.
With his 2010 US release and latest in a trilogy of acclaimed acoustic oriented recordings (Moffou 2002, M'Bemba 2006) La Différence succeeded in bringing global recognition to the cause of albinism and the current environmental tragedy in Africa. Get tix (Levantine aficionados receive $5 off all ticket purchases; use code LCCSALIF at checkout).
Twenty7 plays a unique blend of rock with Middle Eastern influences. The band formed in 2007 when a group of young and talented musicians met each other through mutual friends in Los Angeles, California. Comprised of members originally from Turkey, Twenty7 adds Middle Eastern flavor to rock, forming a unique style of music with strong rhythms, technical guitar riffs, and powerful vocals. Okan is the free-spirited vocalist and bass guitarist, Murat is the charming guitarist, Volkan is the down-to-earth darbuka percussionist, and Kurt is the perfectionist drummer.
Shari Rezai and Roxana Rastegar are proud to introduce Dang Show, an Iranian jazz band, performing for the first time in Los Angeles at the Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, featuring songs from their album "Shiraz, 40 Years Old." The band borrows its name from a Rumi poem. The name Dang Show in English translates to "give up your mind."
Reza Shaya Shoja Nouri (piano), Omid Nemati (vocals, percussion), Taha Parsa Shoja-Noori (vocals, saxophone), Darius Azar (upright bass), and Leon Darzibashian (drums) create their eclectic, avant-guard style of music from an inventive fusion of classical Persian poetry and Iranian folklore music with jazz instruments and percussion.
For more information about Dang Show, visit the band's website at: www.DangShowMusic.com.
Yasmin Levy sings in Arabic, Ladino, Hebrew and English. Opening the evening is a special guest performance by Iranian vocalist Mamak Khadem.
Piercingly passionate, Yasmin Levy's voice is a true gem: the kind of voice that comes along only once a century. Haunting, strident and swooping, it revives the ancient art of Ladino singing, the Judeo-Spanish style whose songs reach back to 15th-century Spain. She will perform at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex one night only.
[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-DEC. 6, 2010] Marking its 9th anniversary in Los Angeles, the Levantine Cultural Center (LCC) recognized three remarkable women at the East-West Awards on Wed., Dec. 1, 2010, in a dinner gala that took place at the Beverly Hills Women's Club. Nazanin Boniadi, a British-Iranian actor and official spokesperson for Amnesty International USA, was the master of ceremonies, while prominent Arab Americans Fabian Alsultany and Momo Loudiyi provided musical entertainment, supported by triple-Grammy winner KC Porter,, Algerian vocalist Fella Oudane and American percussion master Rowan Storm, with dancer Rosa Rojas. The evening culiminated with the sly satire of Iranian American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani.
On Saturday, December 4th, The Dirty Diamond will be performing live as well as celebrating the release of their forthcoming album titled, "Our Divine & Sovereign Mother." Copies of their new album will be available, and the night will also entail special performances by Capital Cities, The Kepler Mission, Oh So Wild, and The Nukes.
In a time of amnesia in America, The Dirty Diamond brings remembrance. The music is raw, emotional, good old fashioned rock without a smidgen of emo or indie embellishments. Their honest vocal melodies, strong lyrics, and live energy pay tribute to classic rock and the blues and with Beatlesque undertones. For all the classic influences of their sound, it never once feels retro, but still very vintage. However, their innovative musicianship wins through to create something thoroughly modern. They like to call it "Brand New Vintage."
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[Los Angeles- November 1, 2010] On December 1st, 2010 the Levantine Cultural Center will host the East-West Awards gala to mark its 9th anniversary in Southern California. In celebration of the LCC's mission to bridge political and religious divides and champion a greater understanding of the Arab/Muslim world, the LCC will recognize the excellence of three individuals who have contributed to a positive dialogue between the Middle East and the US.