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A Queerantine Valentine's by Zeit و Zaman and SWANA Chicago

Date(s) - 02/14/2021
8:00 pm

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About this Event

Zeit و Zaman and SWANA Chicago ask you to join us for an evening serenaded with oud by the hands of SWANA heartthrob Clarissa Bitar on Febuary 14, 2021 at 7pm CST (8pm EST/5pm PST). Tune in wherever you are in diaspora or the homelands, for a celebration love and friendship (or roommateship) in the time of quarantine. This space is centering LBGTQIA+ SWANA and BIPOC allies. This is a space working to decolonize trans and queerness, and center SWANA culture. All attendance will be via youtube livestream, so attendees will remain anonymous. Our intention is to create a night that honors our collective desire to protect the most vulnerable during this time of pandemic, while finding ways to connect and celebrate queer and trans SWANA communities everywhere. Please stay home, follow healthcare guidelines to wear masks, and socially distance so we can all get through this time together safely. <3

This event is being organized by a loosely affiliated group of queer SWANA organizers. Please help us support Clarissa’s powerful work by offering some coin when reserving your tickets. All the proceeds collected will be going to pay Clarissa, who has offered her talents as an act of love and solidarity to QT SWANA folx tuning in. Our organizers are asking you to show that love and support back if you have the ability to do so.

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Zeit و Zaman @oliveoilandtime

SWANA Chicago @swanachicago

Artist Statement:

Clarissa Bitar is a Palestinian oud musician and composer born, raised, and based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Music and an emphasis in Ethnomusicology. To further her studies, Clarissa sought out and learned from prominent Arab oudists including Simon Shaheen, Charbel Rouhana, and Bassam Saba.

Clarissa now works as a studio musician and has turned her classical oud style into exciting collaborations with artists of many different genres including Massari, Elyanna, Omar Offendum, Ali Gatie, Mona Haydar, Nasri Atweh, and Rotana. She produced a joint poetry-oud EP with Palestinian poet Mohammed el-Kurd titled “Bellydancing on Wounds.” Her solo EP “Bayati,” was released in 2019 and focuses on the maqam Bayati, an important mode in Arab music. Clarissa is already back in the studio working on a new album.

When she’s not working on new music, she travels the United States (and abroad) to perform and teach oud. Clarissa Bitar’s music is available on all streaming platforms. Follow her on Instagram @Clarissabitar for updates on future releases.

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