Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
A self-improvised recitation of poetry consisting of some 100 melodies, the Maqam is the urban classical vocal tradition of Iraq. Instability in Iraq has placed this centuries-old musical tradition in danger of extinction. Amir ElSaffar, a renown Iraqi-American composer, trumpeter, santur player, and vocalist who fuses jazz and Arabic music, will perform Iraqi Maqam fused with brilliant jazz in this rare Washington D.C. performance in Washington D.C.
Featured in the New York Times, BBC, and the Guardian, Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese singer, songwriter and activist who has been compared to Pussy Riot and described as the ‘Lady Gaga of Vietnam.’ She is a powerhouse performer and a fiercely unapologetic advocate for free expression.
As the opening act, the Iranian Female Composers Association has composed a series of contemporary classical pieces inspired by Revolutions & Movements, which will be performed by an ensemble.