Acclaimed hand drummer and SMU Meadows School of the Arts world music director Jamal Mohamed presents “An Evening of World Music” with international guest artists Mike Block and Poovalur Sriji, along with several outstanding Meadows music students. Using a variety of exotic and traditional instruments, the ensemble will perform music from Ireland, Greece, India and the Middle East.
Block, a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator, has been hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century.”Block is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and has performed with Allison Krauss, Edgar Meyer, Lenny Kravitz and Zakir Hussain, among many others. He has also played on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NPR, Regis and Kelly, VH1 and the CBS Early Show.
Sriji, a Grammy-nominated percussionist, has performed for over three decades with leading artists from both South and North Indian Classical traditions. He is the founding member of the group Brahma and directs the South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble at the University of North Texas. Rounding out the group will be Meadows students Michael Nesuda on guitar, Kevin Butler on bass and Jackson Butt on percussion.
When and Where
Tuesday, November 13 at 8PM
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
$10.00 for MAC members and students with ID
$15.00 for the public
About Jamal Mohamed
Jamal has been a featured artist in many international music events, including concerts in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Egypt, Korea, and throughout Europe and the United States. Sting, Mark O’Connor and Giovanni Hidalgo are among the many artists Jamal has performed with. His music has been featured on recordings for the television documentaries Ramses the Great, Lions of Darkness (with D’Drum) for the National Geographic channel, and the film biography of Robert Johnson, Can’t You Hear the Wind, starring Danny Glover and Keb’ Mo’. Jamal has presented percussion clinics at various institutions such as Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Hong Kong, the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. He has worked extensively in dance, theater, film, and music therapy. Jamal is currently percussion instructor and director of the World Music Ensemble at Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. Jamal endorses Toca percussion and Sabian cymbals.
About The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
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 role 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.
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