Palestinian Kanun virtuoso & composer Firas Zreik, will be presenting a set of original compositions that travel between Classical Arabic Maqam & World Jazz in an organic fusion
8:00pm - The Firas Zreik Quartet
9:00pm - Open Jam Session
Doors at 7:30pm
- Kanun: Firas Zreik
- Guitar: Elia Bishara
- Bass: Paul PapaBear Johnson
- Percussion: Gilbert Mansour
Palestinian Kanun Player, Composer & Arranger, born in Haifa in 1995, currently based in New York. Firas received a full-scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied for five years, graduating with two bachelor degrees in Performance & Jazz Composition with high distinction. He worked, recorded & performed with master musicians and artists from all over the world, including Roger Waters, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Goshal, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba, Amal Murkus, Fabrizio Cassol, Amir Al-Saffar, Aynur Dogan, Raghu Dixit, Marwan Khoury, Abeer Nehmeh and many more. In addition, he performed all over the United States, Europe & the Middle East, both as a Kanun player and as a musical director in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals such as Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center-NY, Carthage International Festival – Tunisia, Savannah Music Festival, Institut de Mont Arabe – Paris, Teatro Mediterraneo – Napoli, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Smithsonian Museum – Washington DC, Palais des Congrès - Belgium, Berklee Performnce Center, The Jazz Gallery - NY & many more.
His mother, Amal Murkus is a leading Palestinian singer of international renown. Firas is the musical director of her band, he also recorded on her latest album, in addition to writing and composing many of her recent songs. The two have toured together in Europe, USA & the Middle East and are currently working on new albums.