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The Journey

Joha explores the themes of loss of identity, home, diaspora and overcoming the physical and psychological boundaries created by conflict, specifically in his own personal story of growing up in Palestine.

 

اكتشف موضوعات: فقدان الهوية والمنزل والشتات والتغلب على الحدود المادية والنفسية التي أوجدتها الصراعات، وتحديداً في قصته الشخصية من النمو في فلسطين.

“The Journey’ operates on a number of levels. It is primarily a creative journey through the work of Mohammed Joha. However, it is also a journey of human experience in which determination, resilience and joy are affirmed” Valerie Grove

 

“الرحلة” تعمل على عدد من المستويات وهي في المقام الأول رحلة الإبداع من خلال أعمال محمد جحا. ومع ذلك، فإنها أيضاً رحلة التجربة الإنسانية التي تقرر وتأكد المرونة والفرح “فاليري غروف

Mohammed Joha – The Journey

A public viewing and music concert

Wednesday 3 February 8pm – Rich Mix

 

محمد جحا – الرحلة

معرض وحفل موسيقي

الأربعاء ٣ من فبراير الساعة ٨ مساءً 

 

 

Mohammed Joha bio:

 

Mohammed Joha was born in Gaza in 1978 and graduated in Art Education from Al-Aqsa University in 2003. Through mixed techniques of collage, painting and photography, much of his work has explored the questions and experiences of childhood, and the loss of innocence and freedom experienced by the current generation of children in Gaza. He was winner of the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2004. He has been selected for workshops and residencies in Amman, Jordan and Cites des Artes, Paris.

 

Besides participating in exhibitions worldwide, he had his first solo exhibition, Dreams in Black and White, at the Mosaic Rooms, London, 2011. Most recently, his ambitious project, The Jasmine and Bread Revolution, was shown in 2012 at The Courtyard Gallery, Dubai as well as exhibiting at Rich Mix, London as part of Despite, 2012, Traces and Revelations, Oriental Museum – Durham University 2014.

 

The private view featuring “Watan Trio” classic (muwashahat and maqamat) and popular Arabic music of the mid-20th century, the programme will include a selection of instrumental and vocal pieces from historically interconnected cultures in Palestine and from the wider Middle East.

 

The Trio includes

 

Saied Silbak, a highly respected composer and master of the Oud

 

Elias Farsoon, a renowned singer and Qanoon player

 

Iba` Abu Khalaf, an established percussionist and singer

 

Afterwards DJ Faisal Hamdan who will play an hour of his collection of Old Vintage Arabic Vinyl Record Albums.

 

Independent curator : Aser El Saqqa

 

Please join Arts Canteen for the Open House on 3 February, 6pm.

The event has free entry

 

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Arab Christmas

January 8, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

| £10

 

Arab Christmas – Exploring the early Arab Christian Chants .

Come to experience the atmosphere as Rich Mix venue is gently lit by candles in a very rare opportunity to hear chants from the Aramaic/Syriac and Byzantine traditions, harking back to the time of Queen Zanubia’s reign of Palmyra.

It was in the second century, during the reign of Queen Zanubia, that Christianity reached the ancient Syrian caravan city of Palmyra. Her rule witnessed the emergence of the first church melodies out of the secular Aramaic music of Syria and Iraq.

Coptic Egyptian/German singer Merit Ariane Stephanos and Father Shafiq Abouzayd introduce the audience to this music, in particular to the chanting traditions of the Levantine and Byzantine churches.

The sound world of these chants is rich with quartertones and virtuosic ornamentation. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jon Banks on qanun and santur, this concert illuminates the earliest roots of Christianity and celebrates the diverse musical traditions of the ancient Middle Eastern world.

Performed by Arabic song specialist Merit Ariane Stephanos with Lebanese priest and scholar Abouna Shafiq Abouzayd and multi-instrumentalist Jon Banks on qanun and santur.

– Merit Ariane Stephanos

Half Coptic Egyptian, half German singer and composer. Merit draws on Arabic classical and Western contemporary influences in her music and is passionate about exploring a dialogue between both cultures. In 2012, Merit, supported by a Finzi Trust Scholarship, Merit went on a three month trip to Lebanon to research Arab Christian chants.

– Shafiq Abouzayd

The senior Melkite Greek Catholic priest in Britain, has been a priest at the Maronite Church since 1987. Of joint Lebanese and British nationality, Rev Dr Abouzayd studied Aramaic-Syriac and Arabic at the monastery of the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries in Jounieh and is currently the director for the Aram Centre for Syro Mespotoamian Studies at Oxford University.

– Jon Banks

A performer with an international profile, specialising in early and Oriental string instruments. He has toured, broadcast and recorded with groups including The Dufay Collective, The Burning Bush, Joglaresa, the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble and Iranian ensembles with Fariborz Kiani and Davod Azad. He is a regular performer and musical director at the Globe and lectures on Middle Eastern music at Anglia Ruskin University.

– Najib Coutya

Singer and oud player was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, where he lived until moving to London in 1991. He had a very musical upbringing as his father was a choirmaster and singer of Byzantine and Arabic Church music, renowned across the Middle East. From a young age Najib was involved in his father’s musical traditions and singing regularly, and by the age of 11 he was leading a choir.

The Byzantine/Arabic music that Najib and his father practise is an oral tradition, consisting of a system of about 20 complex modes, full of quarter-tones, drawing from the Arabic maqam and Greek Byzantine conventions. Najib continues this today, with his own choir based at the Antiochian Greek Orthodox church, St George Cathedral, who have sung together for 18 years. There are only 9 members, which he says allows them more artistic freedom and room for improvisation than the larger choirs. They sing in Arabic, and their repertoire includes pieces traceable to as early as the 3rd century CE, but their main source comes from music sung in the churches of Constantinople in the 18th and 19th centuries; at the time a melting-pot of Turkish, Arabic and Greek cultures.

Najib is the co-founder of Ichos Ensemble. This group has a Turkish violinist, a Greek singer, and Najib, who plays the oud and sings. They play a mixture of Turkish and Greek songs, Greek rebetiko music and Arabic and Ottoman classical music. He also collaborates with Egyptian classical musicians in the maqam tradition, often playing material by legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthumm. Other music he performs includes muashshahat, Arabic formal poetry, and dor, colloquial Arabic poetry, both of which include extensive vocal and instrumental vocal improvisation, using the aforementioned modes.

Najib places equal importance on both continuing these traditions and innovating within them; by playing them correctly and authentically, but using new improvisations to keep them alive.

– Christelle Madani

Born in Lebanon, in a family of various musical talents, Christelle has been exposed to both western and oriental music including Byzantine and Arabic. With a soprano type of voice, she can sing both styles and in 3 different languages. She was a member of Saint Nicolas choir in
Beirut since the age of 15 and she is currently a soloist at the Arabic Antiochian Orthodox Church in London as well as singing in London with various contemporary artists.

 

Details 

Date: 
January 8, 2016 
Time: 
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: 
£10 
Event Category:
Website: 
https://uk.patronbase.com/_RM/Seats/NumSeats?prod_id=AXM1&perf_id=1§ion_id=BAR&seat_type_id=S

Venue 

Rich Mix 
35-47 Bethnal Green Road 
London, E1 6LA
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Phone: 
020 7613 7498 
Website: 
www.richmix.org.uk

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Arabs Are Not Funny!

 

January 22, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

| £15

 After a very successful sold-out 4 editions, Arts canteen’s show “Arabs Are Not Funny” is back with a new line-up of comedians, representing the Arab world and surrounding regions, looking for an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Host: Shazia Mirza

“Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy.”The Guardian

Revered, applauded, loved and reviled Shazia Mirza is an award-winning comedian and columnist, as much recognised for her literary prowess as she is for her unique comedic talents.

She has appeared on Have I Got News For You, a regular panelist on The Wright Stuff (Channel 5)The World Stands Up (Comedy Central) Last Comic Standing (NBC) Comedy Central, been profiled on CBS 60minutes in the US. Radio 4- A good read, The Now Show,

Shazia has performed her stand-up shows across the world – from the Edinburgh Fringe to Texas, USA to Dubai and Kosovo. She has particularly travelled extensively across Europe, where she is in great demand. Her hit shows have included The Last Temptation of Shazia Mirza and Portrait Of Shazia Mirza. Radio appearances include a regular slot on BBC Radio Scotland and The Now Show on BBC Radio 4.

Guest Headliner : Aatif Nawaz

Aatif Nawaz is an award-winning stand-up comedian and TV Presenter in London. His debut Comedy Show ‘Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day’ was a huge critical and commercial success, enjoying runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End in 2015. ‘A man with big ambitions – This is brave, important comedy’ – Three Weeks.

Headliner : Prince Abdi

Stand-up comedian Prince Abdi described as “a refreshing act” by The Guardian, is a firm favourite on both the London and UK club circuits. Hailing from Somalia, he often makes creative and comic use of origins and identity in his jokes, and was nominated for best newcomer by the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards and came 3rd in the Revels Chortle Comedy Awards. A winner of ‘Your Comedy Star’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is an instant crowd pleaser with a charismatic style.

All acts will be in English.

Supporting Acts:

– Houssem Rhaiem (Tunisia / UK)
– Sezar Alkassab (Iraq / Scotland)

 

 

Details 

Date: 
January 22, 2016 
Time: 
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: 
£15 
Event Category:
Website: 
https://uk.patronbase.com/_RM/Seats/NumSeats?prod_id=AR67&perf_id=1§ion_id=BAR&seat_type_id=S

Venue 

Rich Mix 
35-47 Bethnal Green Road 
London, E1 6LA
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Phone: 
020 7613 7498 
Website: 
www.richmix.org.uk

 

 

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Not Towards Home, But The Horizon

The Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo exhibition by Syrian artist Marwan, featuring paintings, etchings and works on paper. Marwan is considered a leading artist from his generation, both internationally and in the Arab world. Marwan is now 81 years old and this exhibition is a celebration of his life’s work. Featuring works selected from the artists studio to showcase the breadth of his practice, from the 1960s up to the present day, it offers UK audiences a rare chance to encounter Marwan’s unique and inspiring oeuvre.

 

The exhibition journeys through stylistic approaches, with the main motif always remaining the human head. The early works tend towards a more formally figurative approach, with aspects that challenge the traditional, including a flatness of plane, a disproportionate rendering of the skull, limbs appearing and disappearing. From here the expression becomes stylistically freer, larger in scale, more focused on solely the face, beginning to abstract it with vivid brushstrokes and colours. This leads to the visual language audiences are perhaps more familiar with: bold strokes of paint and layers of colour forming the faces themselves; emerging from and submerging into the paint. Form is shaped through the tension between one brushstroke and another, suspended between surface and depth.

 

Marwan’s latest works, on show here for the first time, see a reduced layering of the surface, a pared down sensibility, which leaves the faces and marionettes floating amidst the white of the canvas. Throughout the artist’s body of work the head is used as multifaceted form to encompass and project the depth of human experience.

 

Also on display for the first time in London will be Marwan’s 99 Heads series, ninety-nine etchings made between 1997 and 1998, which reference Sufism and the 99 names of God. A space is always left to represent one hundred, a place of light, the attainment of God.

 

Marwan Kassab-Bachi was born Damascus, Syria, in 1934, and is based in Berlin. He studied Arabic Literature at the University of Damascus (1955-57) before moving to Berlin, Germany, to study painting. From 1980, he held a professorship at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. Marwan has exhibited mainly in Germany, but also in the Middle-East and U.S.A., and has works in many public collections, including Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman; National Museum, Damascus; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; British Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; Barjeel Art Foundation; Sharjah; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; and Städel, Frankfurt.

 

Where:

The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road

London SW5 0SW

 

When:

9 October to 28 November 2015

Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 am to 6.00 pm

 

Entrance:

Free

www.mosaicrooms.org

020 7370 9990

Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

 

 

About the Artist

Marwan Kassab-Bachi (b 1934) was born in Damascus, Syria. He lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited widely internationally in group and solo shows. His work is represented in major national and international museum collections.

www.marwan-art.com