22 April 2018

Gig Alert: Vassar College Concert

Mediterranean Encounters: Judeo-Islamic Soundscapes

A musical treasury of individual and shared traditions among Jews and Muslims. It will highlight a range of musical styles from Jews and Muslims living in Arab lands and in Spain.

ASEFA is performing at Vassar College. The ensemble includes Samuel Torjman Thomas, oud/vocals; Laura Townsend, vocals; Eylem Basaldi, violin, John Murchison, bass; Daniel Kurfirst, percussion, incorporating music from North Africa and the Middle East.

Congregation Shir Chadash, in conjunction with Vassar College Jewish Studies Program and the Vassar Jewish Union, is sponsoring the critically acclaimed musical ensemble “ASEFA” for a concert on Sunday, April 22nd at 5pm in the Villard Room.

There will be a Pre-Concert talk at 4pm, Dr. Torjman Thomas will discuss the interrelationship of Jewish and Muslim music. He is also an expert on the Sephardi-Mizrachi music and cultural traditions. The group’s music encompasses several different aspects of his work performed on various instruments including saxophone, oud, clarinet, bass, guitar and nay. The ASEFA musicians are experts in Middle-Eastern music from many indigenous cultures.

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