Jesse Autumn (double harp) and Mahmoud Chouki (guitar/loutar) duet in the galleries at NOMA.
Mahmoud “Mood” Chouki is a master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer living and working in New Orleans. His art draws together music from many different international contexts to consider how music can speak across cultural divides. His own compositions incorporate musical influences from across the globe, ranging from European classical, Andalusian from Southern Spain, Levantine music from the Middle East, Maghrebian music from North Africa, Latin American music, and jazz from the Southern United States.
For Bodies of Knowledge, Chouki will create a new musical composition, and series of site-specific performances entitled Safar, which means “to travel” in Arabic. Through collaboration with a group of international musicians in New Orleans, Chouki will create a series of five live performances in NOMA’s Great Hall, and a series of improvisational concerts within the exhibition space. Chouki will also work with musicians in New Orleans to create a new musical composition that responds to the art on view in the exhibition, as well as the histories of travel and cultural migration that define contemporary music. This series of performances will culminate in a final performance on the closing day of the show in which all of the musicians Chouki works with over the course of the project will come together to collectively perform Chouki’s new composition.
Mahmoud's been galavanting all-over the globe since JazzFest... this is his first gig back in dear-ole New Orleans! Duet show Friday night with harpesse-extraordinaire Jesse Autumn. A guitar and double harp meeting of the minds. Come say Salaam Al'e'akum! Seating at SideBar is limited - arrive early to secure a seat! Suggested donation $10.
Community Music School presents the finale concert of Redwood Teen Trad Camp, a week-long traditional music intensive in the redwoods of Santa Cruz County, CA. Jesse Autumn, harp/piano/accordion faculty, will conduct part of the performance. A youth orchestra of fiddles, celli, flutes, tin whistles, guitars, mandolins, harps, keyboards and percussion will perform modern interpretations of music from the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden and Norway. More information about the concert, and info on how to register to attend Teen Camp, available at www.communitymusicschool.org or by calling (831) 426-9155.
An orchestra of harpists of all ages, a harp “petting zoo”, and seasoned soloists on Classical, Celtic, African, and newly invented harps collide in a magical evening of music from all over the world. Kid-friendly, wheelchair accessible. Presented by the Museum of Art and History and Community Music School. Donations accepted at the door. (Community Music School harp orchestra is open to all harpists throughout Santa Cruz County. If you are interested in participating, please email Jesse through the form on this website for more information.)