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Transonic Series: The Tabadol Project

TABADOL is an Arabic word meaning “exchange”. The Tabadol Project brings together US composer and musician Gene Coleman with the Lebanese musicians and artists Raed Yassin, Christine Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui and Ziad El Ahmadie. From Feb. 14th — 28th 2007 they will work and perform with over 50 US musicians and artists in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Washington DC. and Ohio University. The project includes workshops, meetings, symposia and concerts that explore our globalized society through experimental music, dance and video.

The Tabadol Project is a production of Soundfield, NFP. Major funding for the Tabadol Project is provided by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
NOTE: This project was actually going to take place in July 2006, but was stopped due to the war. For more information about the whole scope of the project, please see the Tabadol website: http://www.tabadolproject.org

THE TABADOL PROJECT AT OHIO UNIVERSITY (February 14-15 2007)

February 14, 8 PM:

Recital Hall, (Robert Glidden Hall, Room 400)
School of Music, Ohio University
Additional information: (740) 593-4244
http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/pages/concerts-events/calendar.htm
Free event

Concert with the Lebanese musicians Raed Yassin (dbl. bass), Christine Sehnaoui (alto sax),
Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet and objects), Sharif Sehnaoui (e-guitar), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud) and the US musicians
Marina Peterson (cello) and Gene Coleman (bass clarinet)

*The concert will be preceded by a panel discussion and reception beginning at 6 p.m., details tba

February 15, 9:00 AM to 12 Noon:

Aesthetics Technology Lab, 235 Putnam Hall, Ohio University. Additional information: (740) 593-0631
http://www.ohiou.edu/atlab/
Free event

Performance and technology demonstration/workshop with
Raed Yassin (dbl. bass, video and electronics), Christine Sehnaoui (alto sax), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet, objects and electronics), Sharif Sehnaoui (e-guitar), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud) and the US musicians Marina Peterson (cello) and Gene Coleman (bass clarinet)

TEXT for Film/Video symposium:

“In addition to the musical activities of the Lebanese artists in the Tabadol Project, two of them are also involved in video and film work. It is not well known here in the US, but Beirut is an important center for film and video production in the middle east and this activity has generated a sub culture of film and video artists creating more personal and experimental work in addition to the commercials and entertainment programs they work on to make a living. Raed Yassin is a musician, performer and video artist living in Beirut and this program will show excerpts from his video works “Featuring Hind Rostrom” and “Antenna Sonata”. Mr. Yassin will speak about his work and the arts scene in Beirut, reflecting on how the violence of civil war has shaped him as an artist. The program will also include an introduction to the work of a number of Lebanese video and film artists by the Lebanese musician and media arts curator Christine Sehnaoui. This will be an essential program for anyone interested to learn about the most recent developments in video and other media arts in Lebanon.”

THE TABADOL PROJECT IN CHICAGO (February 16-17-18-19)

The Chicago component of the Tabadol Project will comprise five public events, each with a different thematic focus. These events are planned take place at the Renaissance Society (in cooperation with the University of Chicago), Experimental Station, The MCA Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. One of the main goals is to create as many different forms of contact and interaction as we can muster between the Lebanese and diverse communities in Illinois.

Feb. 16th at 8:00 PM:
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Ave./Cobb Hall
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-8670
http://www.renaissancesociety.org
Free Concert

*This program will showcase the Lebanese musicians and the Italian percussionist Fabrizio Spera in various ensemble combinations, joined by Marina Peterson (cello) and Gene Coleman (bass clarinet).

*A panel discussion on interdisciplinary artistic practice in Lebanon will take place at the University of Chicago at 7:00 PM, moderated by Gene Coleman and Shayna Silverstein.

Feb. 17th at 8:00 PM:

Music, Dance and Video program
Experimental Station
6100 South Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
773-241-5458
http://www.experimentalstation.org
Free Concert

The music and video composition The IMA Project is a work by composer Gene Coleman that links the architecture of The Arab Institute Building in Paris with experimental music. An excerpt of the work will be played in Chicago by the Mouhktabar Ensemble, with Lebanese and US musicians including Marina Peterson (cello), Carmel Raz (viola) and Alex Wing (oud). Also on the program is a video by Raed Yassin, as well as a music and dance collaboration with Chicago dancer Asimina Chremos, Italian percussionist Fabrizio Spera and the Lebanese musicians.

Feb. 18th at 3:00 PM:
Beirut meets Chicago (improvised music)

Chicago Cultural Center (Cassidy Theater)
78 East Washington
Free Concert

*A panel discussion about the impact of globalization on artistic practice in Lebanon will take place at 3:00 PM, moderated by Gene Coleman and Shayna Silverstein.

*This program will mix and match the Lebanese with members of Chicago lively improvised music scene, including Michael Hartman, Carmel Raz, Alex Wing, Michael Zerang and others -- The full lineup TBA

*Radio interviews on WBEZ, WNUR and WLUW are being planned, as well meetings with various artistic communities within Chicago.

THE TABADOL PROJECT IN WASHINGTON, DC. (February 20th, 2007)

Feb. 20th at 6:00 PM

Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW
Concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, featuring music, video and dance with the Lebanese musicians and US artists TBA. The program will also include traditional Arabic music played by Ziad El Ahmadie.

THE TABADOL PROJECT IN BALTIMORE

February 21st, 2007 at 8:00 PM

Concert with the Lebanese musicians, Gene Coleman and Baltimore musicians Paul Neidhardt - Drums
Stewart Mostofsky – Electronics, Neil Feather - Inventions

AESTHETIC SURVIVAL PROJECT, 2225 Hargrove Alley
(Between Calvert and St. Paul below 23rd St.)

THE TABADOL PROJECT IN PHILADELPHIA (February 22-23-24-25)

The Philadelphia component of the Tabadol Project will comprise four public events, each with a different thematic focus. These concerts are planned take place in cooperation with Bowerbird and Landmarks Contemporary Projects, the Slought Foundation (in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania), the Community Education Center and the International House of Philadelphia. One of the main goals is to create as many different forms of contact and interaction as we can muster between the Lebanese and diverse communities in the Philadelphia area.Feb. 22 at 8:00 PM (Panel discussion at 7:00 PM)

Bowerbird @ Landmarks Contemporary Projects
http://www.philalandmarks.org
http://www.bowerbird.org
Admission to concert: $5.00
(Free Admission to Panel Discussion)

Panel discussion at 7 PM on Globalization as a social, economic and cultural phenomenon in Lebanon, moderated
by Thaddeus Squire and Gene Coleman, followed by musical performances featuring Lebanese musicians
Raed Yassin (dbl. bass), Christine Sehnaoui (alto sax), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet and objects), Sharif Sehnaoui (e-guitar) and Ziad El Ahmadie (oud)

Feb. 23rd at 9:00 PM

Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-1911
http://www.cecarts.org/
Admission: $10.00

Music and Dance program featuring collaborations between Philadelphia dancers Emily Sweeny, Nicole Bindler (others TBA), with musicians from Lebanon, Italy and Philadelphia.

Feb. 24th at 8:00 PM
Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA
Ph: 215.222.9050
http://slought.org
Admission: $10.00

Beirut meets Philadelphia, a musical meeting between the Lebanese musicians Raed Yassin (dbl. bass), Christine Sehnaoui (alto sax), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet and objects), Sharif Sehnaoui (e-guitar) and Ziad El Ahmadie (oud), the Italian percussionist Fabrizio Spera with members of Philadelphia’s burgeoning experimental music scene.

Feb. 25th at 7:00 PM

International House Philadelphia,
3701 Chestnut Street
http://www.ihousephilly.org
215-387-5125
Admission: $10.00

Music and Video Program

This program will include an excerpt from The IMA Project, played by the Mouhktabar Ensemble,
plus a video by Raed Yassin and musical performances by the Lebanese musicians Raed Yassin (dbl. bass), Christine Sehnaoui (alto sax), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet and objects), Sharif Sehnaoui (e-guitar), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud), plus Italian musician Fabrizio Spera and US musicians Marina Peterson (cello), Gene Coleman (bass clarinet) plus Philadelphia musicians TBA.

The IMA Project

The music and video composition The IMA Project is a work by composer Gene Coleman that links the architecture of The Arab Institute Building in Paris with experimental music. An excerpt of the work will be played by the Mouhktabar Ensemble, with Lebanese and US musicians.

THE TABADOL PROJECT IN NEW YORK (February 26th and 27th)

Feb. 27th at 8:00 PM (panel discussion at 7:00 PM)

15th Street Meetinghouse,
The Religious Society of Friends
15 Rutherford Place
(15th St. between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212)475-0466
http://15stfriends.quaker.org/

Panel discussion at 7 PM, followed by Music and Video Program
This program will include an excerpt from The IMA Project, played by the Mouhktabar Ensemble, plus a video by Raed Yassin and musical performances by the Lebanese musicians Raed Yassin (dbl. bass), Christine Sehnaoui (alto sax), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet and objects), Sharif Sehnaoui (e-guitar), Ziad El Ahmadie (oud) and NY musicians Alex Waterman (cello), plus US musicians Marina Peterson (cello), Gene Coleman (bass clarinet) and others TBA

The IMA Project

The music and video composition The IMA Project is a work by composer Gene Coleman that links the architecture of The Arab Institute Building in Paris with experimental music. An excerpt of the work will be played by the Mouhktabar Ensemble, with Lebanese and US musicians.*There will be a panel discussion prior to the concert on Globalization as a social, economic and cultural phenomenon in Lebanon, details TBA

Major Sponsors:

Major funding for the Tabadol Project is provided by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the
U.S. Department of State and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Contributing Sponsors:
United State Embassy, Lebanon
United States Embassy, Paris
Ohio University
CEMAT “The participation of Fabrizio Spera is made possible by Federazione CEMAT (Sonora) supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Cultural Affairs - Department for Performing Arts”
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
Experimental Station
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
The Illinois Arts Council (A State Agency)
Soundfield, NFP
Silverspace, Chicago
AESTHETIC SURVIVAL PROJECT and John Berndt, Baltimore
Landmarks Contemporary Projects
Bowerbird
Community Education Center, Philadelphia
Slought Foundation
International House, Philadelphia
The Friends Meeting House, New York