The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East presents a special house concert, Meditations on the Oud, performed by oud musician and composer Dimitris Mahlis, who has created a unique evening of live performance and musical history that connects the rich past of the Middle East/Levant with the broader Middle East region of today.
On August 6th he will present the works of Greek, Armenian and Jewish composers of Ottoman classical music. In the rich mosaic that is this tradition, minorities of the empire played a substantial role both in the composition of Ottoman classical music as well as in the making of the instruments on which it was played. Composers such as Kemenceci Nikolaki, Kemani Tatyos, and Tanburi Isak are well known in the musical circles of Turkey and the Middle East, yet largely unknown in their "own" lands. It is in the spirit of coexistence and collaboration that this music will be presented along with the poetry of one of the most famous Greek poets of the Greek diaspora, Constantine Cavafy of Alexandria, Egypt.
Oudist, guitarist and composer Dimitris "Jimmy" Mahlis has become known in musical circles as an eclectic interpreter of many musical traditions. Having a thorough knowledge of both eastern and western musical theory, he has developed a playing style on several instruments which is both earthy yet intricate. As a composer, his pieces have set a standard in cross cultural pollination. He will perform a "Levantine" repertoire sure to be a feast for the ears. Listen to the artist.
Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Feb. 8, 2014 (repeats on March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035 between La Cienega and Fairfax. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.
Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.
Musicians participating include the UCSB Middle East Ensemble led by Scott Marcus ~ mizmar, ney; Jim Grippo ~ qanun; Matt Wright ~ oud; Susan Rudnicki ~ tabla baladi, darbuka. More info here.
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a happy night of great music, song, food and friends, all for the fair price of a red ticket. In Istanbul a night on the town could include stopping in at the traditional Turkish meyhane (tavern) for some mezze (Turkish appetizers) and raki (arak) accompanied by live music, song and dance. This is what is known as fasil. Experience some non-traditional fasil in L.A. with delicious mezze, rake, the bedeviling oud of Dmitris Mahlis and songs by Serpil Borazan and Kutsal, with musical guest artists including Emad Shakouri on kanun and TJ Troy on percussion. Fasil music, in its diversity, spans influences from Asian folk to modern pop. You'll get to see a live performance and experience for yourself the cultural mixtures of Istanbuli sounds.
Red tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door, includes mezze and a glass of raki. Doors open 8 pm, music begins 8:30, two sets, but who's counting the time? RSVPs 323.413.2001.
Levantine Cultural Center invites you to join our annual friends and family barbeque picnic on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from noon to 6 pm at the beautiful Kenneth Hahn State Park, located just south of La Cienega Blvd. and Rodeo Road. You may bring food for the barbeque and dishes to share if you wish. The LCC will provide drinks, some food, and all the other functional items (plates, napkins, cups etc) including charcoal for the barbeques.
Levantine Cultural Center recommends the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, now in its 7th year.
The first Armo-Greco Music and Comedy Festival promises to be a high energy, memorable evening of song, dance and humor.
Heavyweight of hilarity Angelo Tsarouchas hosts the festival. Local favorite Element Band headlines a star-studded musical line-up that includes world-renowned guitarist Pavlo and Italian singing sensation Giovanna Gattuso.
Completing the line-up are comedy favorites Lory Tatoulian and Ara Basil.
Tickets available at Ticketweb.