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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Announces an Evening of Music and Dance with the Meadows World Music Ensemble and Special Guests

Meadows World Music Ensemble (photo by Ric Spiegel)

Meadows World Music Ensemble (photo by Ric Spiegel)

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is proud to host an evening of music and dance with the Meadows World Music Ensemble and special guests: Ade Suparman, Poovalur Sriji and Alia Mohamed. Hot drumming and imaginative improvisation are a hallmark of the Meadows World Music Ensemble. Directed by Jamal Mohamed, the group performs on a variety of exotic percussion instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East as well as traditional Western instruments such as violins, keyboards and guitars. Concerts include traditional works from cultures around the world as well as original compositions. This performance will feature guest musicians, Ade Suparman and Poovalur Sriji and a performance of Balinese and Middle Eastern dance with Alia Mohamed, Olivia Smith and Amalia Nagel.

About the Musicians

Jamal Mohamed has been a featured artist in many international music and dance events. He has presented percussion workshops at venues worldwide, including Berklee College of Music in Boston; the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City; the Tokyo School of Music in Tokyo, Japan; the American University in Cairo, Egypt; the Center for World Music in Bali, Indonesia; and the University of Hong Kong, to name a few. He has performed with Sting, Mark O’Connor, Giovanni Hidalgo and many other well known artists. In addition, his music has been featured in the television documentaries Ramses the Great, National Geographic’s Lions of Darkness (with D’Drum), and the film biography of bluesman Robert Johnson, Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?, starring Danny Glover and Keb’ Mo’.

A native of Lebanon, Jamal grew up in the Chicago area, where he was exposed to rich blues and jazz traditions as well as the Middle Eastern music he heard at home. Known for his virtuosity on the doumbek, Jamal has incorporated many innovative jazz and Latin styles with this ancient instrument. He designs and builds a number of the instruments he plays and has worked extensively in dance, theater, film and music therapy. In 2010 Toca Percussion introduced the “Jamal Doumbek,” a signature drum he designed with Toca.

Currently, Jamal performs with the percussion group D’Drum. The group was just named the 2010 winner of Drum! magazine’s award for best percussion group, and was also featured in an Emmy Award-winning PBS short film documenting the group’s travels and observations related to world percussion. They recently performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the premier of “Gamelan D’Drum” composed for the group by Stewart Copeland of the Police. Jamal also performs with the world music group Brahma and the jazz ensemble Jampact. He serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, where he teaches percussion and directs the Meadows World Music Ensemble. For further information visit: www.jamalmohamed.com

Ade Suparman, instrumentalist and composer of Sundanese music (West Javanese), was born in Purwakarta, West Java in 1969. He started playing kacapi with his father when he was 10 years old. He then studied Sundanese music theory and classical music (including singing, suling, kendang, and gamelan) at the Indonesian Performing Arts School (SMKI). He received a BA from the Institute of Indonesian Arts (ISI) in Surakarta, Java. After his studies, he performed as a kacapi solosit around the world. He recently created a new learning method for suling bamboo flute, and has also published several instructional methods for Sundanese traditional instruments: suling, kacapi, and gamelan. Ade is a member of professional folk and classical music groups in Bandung, performing on kacapi and gamelan. He has recorded Sundanese traditional and contemporary music with distinguished composers in West Java. His travels abroad have taken him to South Korea, the Netherlands, and the USA. While in the Netherlands, he performed as a kacapi soloist in Utretcht and Den Haag, and also taught Sundanese music at Stichtings Kunskring Siliwangi-Panglipur. He also teaches annually for the Center for World Music’s summer workshops in Bali.

Poovalur Sriji studied South Indian drumming with his father P. A. Venkataraman. Poovalur has performed and recorded with leading artists from both South and North Indian traditions, and western performers such as Yehudi Menuhin, Mark O’Connor, John Bergamo, and Glen Velez. The album Tabula Rasa, on which he composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt, and J. P. Chen, was nominated for a Grammy. Poovalur is currently a faculty member at the University of North Texas. He has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and San Diego State University. He is a founding member of the group Brahmah, and directs the SNEW and the South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble.

An esteemed professional Middle Eastern Dancer, Alia Mohamed performs regularly in the Dallas area and has also performed at various events and festivals around the world. She was recently a featured performer in the Teatro Dallas’ theater production of “The Dark Magnolia of Her Womb.” She has also performed at the World Music and Dance Festival in Bali, Indonesia and the San Diego State University Global Rhythms Festival along with various other festivals. Alia is a member of Bint el Balad Ensemble based in Austin, TX and is a house dancer at Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant and Cairo Hookah Lounge in Dallas, TX. Coming from a Lebanese background and a family of musicians, Alia has an intrinsic understanding of Middle Eastern music and dance which is displayed in her performances.

When

April 17, 2011
8:00 p.m.

Where

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary

Tickets

MAC Members and Students $10
General Public $12

About the MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit www.the-mac.org. The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Meadows World Music Ensemble (photo by Ric Spiegel)

Meadows World Music Ensemble (photo by Ric Spiegel)

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