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A Night of Tarab with Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble

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Date(s) - 06/15/2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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A Night of Tarab with Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble at (le) poisson rouge

7:00 pm doors | 8:00 pm show | 18+

Early Bird Tickets (through May 22):
Premium First Row Seating: $42
Table Seating: $34
Standing Room: $19

Regular Tickets (after May 22):
Premium First Row Seating: $49
Table Seating: $39
Standing Room: $23

The concert will feature Muwashshahat and Qudud Halabiyya as well as renditions of Arabic Tarab songs originally performed by Umm Kulthum, Mohammed ‘Abd Al-Wahab, Asmahan and Abdel Halim Hafez, among many others. The concert will also feature more contemporary Arabic Tarab songs as well as vocal and instrumental improvisations. This concert will be extra special as Yousef will be performing Armenian, Assyrian and Turkish songs that are popular in the city of Aleppo.

Tarab— often translated as musical enchantment, rapture or ecstasy— is a genre of Arabic music that refers to a state of musical and emotional enchantment experienced by its listeners.

Often considered to be the epitome of songs in the Arab world—especially in the Levant—the Muwashshahat are strophic poems set to music. Of Andalusian inspiration, they treat the themes of love, longing and spirituality. They continue to be cherished and even composed by Syrians at home and abroad. The Qudud Halabiyya are lighter songs in both standard and colloquial Arabic that are well-known around the Arab world today.

About Youssef Shamoun:

Yousef Shamoun was born in Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo is home to a strong tradition of composing and singing the Muwashshahat and the Qudud Halabiyya. It is also known for its Tarab, a musical style which means “enchantment.” Yousef belongs to the school of great Aleppian singers such as Sabah Fakhri, Mohamad Khairy and Omar Al-Batsh. He is known for both his mastery of the mawwal (non-metric vocal improvisation) and for his powerful rendition of the Arabic Maqam. Yousef is passionate about both preserving the classical tradition of Muwashshahat while also experimenting and innovating with their style and structures. As an active member of the Syrian-American community, Yousef has performed in several events and countries throughout the US, as well as Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The Tarab Ensemble is a project that Yousef & Saphe Shamoun started to celebrate Tarab and to celebrate Muwashshahat and Qudud Halabiyya. The ensemble mainly performs Arabic Maqam and specializes in the Aleppian repertoire, in addition to contemporary compositions and Arabic dance music. The Ensemble has performed a series of Tarab nights at several venues including Columbia University, Princeton University, Harvard University, Rubin Museum of Art, (le) Poisson Rouge in New York, as well as at the Turaath Night organized by the Arab-Anti-Discrimination Committee Gala in Washington D.C., among others.

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