The interview debuts on Thursday 21 January 2020 at 10 pm Cairo Local time (GMT +2). In the interview, Asfour shares her story with music, her passion and her journey as a musician and a professional. During the show, Huda plays music from her most recent instrumental music project Dawayer, combining live oud playing with looping techniques. The interview is part of season 3 of the popular show A3det Mazika presented by Singer, songwriter and accordionist Youssra El Hawary on Nogoom FM Radio. The show can be viewed through Nogoom FM mobile app or website. All music played during that show will be available exclusively on Deezer and Nogoom FM’s Youtube Channel.
With an Artist grant from Mophradat, Huda Asfour’s current research is focused on improvisational skills and gestures within Eastern music aesthetics. Her work within this project in Egypt started with AlDarb AlAhmar Arts School and continued with a two-phase workshop at Jesuits Culture Center.
The training centres on deep listening, trust-building, and safe communication as essential skills for improvising.
The teaching of this workshop builds upon using gestures to communicate with a group of improvisers, also known as conduction. The idea was first developed by Butch Morris (1947 -2013), an American based cornetist, composer, and known conductor. In simple terms, the collection of gestures creates a vocabulary through which the conductor can communicate form, dynamics, and arrangements to the instrumentalists who will have the freedom to play the content.
The first phase of the workshop was held from December 2 to 9, 2020, while the second phase is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
Curated by The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is proud to partner with The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Established in 1997, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center brings history, art, and culture to diverse audiences through innovative museum experiences and digital initiatives throughout the United States and abroad. Join us for JALSA (REMIXED) - a weekend of celebratory sounds, storytelling, and dance affirming the creativity, joy, and resilience of Global South diaspora and black communities in the DMV. Jalsa, meaning gathering or celebration in cultures stretching from the Arabian peninsula to South Asia, returns for its second iteration since the Asian American Literature Festival in 2019.
Huda will be playing two short sets:
Friday, June 25th, and Saturday, June 26th, 2021. Both sets start at 5:30 pm.
Improv Circle and Mashriq Maghreb Jam Session
2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
- 7:00 pm - Improve Circle
- 8:30 pm - Open Mic Registration
- 9:00 pm - Mashriq Maghreb Jam Session
Oudist Huda Asfour, saxophonist Sarah Hughes and setar player Azadeh Karami join forces for a night of free improvisations.
Opening for the group is the prolific and imaginative saxophonist Brad Linde, playing a solo set on C-melody saxophone.
Outdoor seating. Advanced tickets required.
In collaboration with The Boston Foundation, RAWI is excited to host RAWIFest – a weekend of free virtual programming celebrating Anglophone SWANA (Southwest Asian & North African) literature and performance art, featuring new work from poets, spoken word artists, and performance artists!
Rather than following RAWI’s previous “conference” format, and in the spirit of openness and accessibility, the entirety of RAWIFest’s programming is free and open to the general public. This is made possible due to the generous support of the Boston Foundation (LAB), Mizna, Kundiman, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.
On Friday, June 11th at 10:30 AM EST, join us, to celebrate and honor the life of Sarah Hegazi.