We're thrilled to be presenting Taoufik Ben Amor and the Tarab Ensemble! It was a delight to have Taoufik and Ramzi sing and play at the jam on August 14; based on that little preview, this night promises to be a special one. Founded in 1998, the Tarab Ensemble is an ensemble of New York-based musicians who focus on the classical Arabic repertoire, with special emphasis on the Andalusi Muwashah and Sufi repertoire while also exploring traditional folk music from various regions of the Arab world.
8pm - Tarab Ensemble
9pm - Open Jam Session
Doors at 7:30pm
About the musicians:
Taoufik Ben Amor is a Tunisian vocalist, percussionist and oud player. Taoufik started learning percussion at an early age, then learned the Malouf (Andalusian repertoire) and sang with ensembles and choirs for many years. He has studied the oud and the Arabic maqam system with various teachers such as Mohamed Labbad, Jamal Aslan and Simon Shaheen and has been an active performer in the US and Canada for over two decades.
Ramzi Edlibi (Tabla, Riq, Daf and Dance) began his study of Arab dance and ballet at an early age in his native Lebanon with Mrs. Jarrar and Mr. Caracalla, historic figures in the development of Lebanese dance for the stage. Besides Edlibi’s formal training, social dances and music, such as debkah, were a part of everyday and night life. Edlibi went on to perform dance with the leading vocalists and dance companies of the Arab World such as Feiruz, Sabah, Wadi Al-Safi and Caracalla Dance Theatre.
New York based Palestinian-American Zafer Tawil is a virtuosic performer on the oud, violin, qanun and a full range of Arab percussion instruments. He has performed with numerous musicians ranging from Sting to Arab music greats such as Simon Shaheen, Chab Mami, and Bassam Saba to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharp, among others. Zafer has composed music for a number of films including the Oscar-nominated Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married.
Sisters is at 900 Fulton St. in Brooklyn. They have good food and drinks, we recommend reserving a table for dinner — tell them you want a table in the back room. Call (347) 763-2537 for reservations.
$10 contribution strongly encouraged so we can pay the musicians and keep the series going.