Sounds of Syria, Music of Hope: A Concert by Malek Jandali and Mohamed Alsiadi

World Renowned Composer and Pianist to play on Campus

Monday, February 27, 2012
Musical Event
Sounds of Syria: Music of Hope
Malek Jandali (World Renowned Composer and Pianist)
Prof. Mohamed Alsiadi and Composer (accompanying on the lute)
Dana Room
4th Floor, Dana Library
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Join us for an extraordinary you musical event in support of peaceful and free Syria featuring world-renowned composer and pianist Malek Jandali and Mohamed Alsiadi accompanying him on the lute. This musical event is important part of our U.S.-Mideast Program as well as our Art of Hope project and is the first in a series of events for the Syria: The Orphan Revolution


Malek Jandali an award-winning composer and pianist, is recognized as a leading figure in today's piano world. His outstanding recordings and extensive concert tours receive abundantly glowing praise. A prolific composer, Malek’s works have received critical acclaim in major newspapers throughout Europe and North America. He has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR), BBC, Radio France Musique and was featured on CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera, Al Arabyia, and France 2 TV.

Jandali is the first Arab musician to arrange the oldest music notation in the world, which was featured in his 2008 album “Echoes from Ugarit”. In 2011, he was the recipient of the “Freedom of Expression” award for his song “Watani Ana – I am my Homeland”, as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement for human rights and democracy. His latest album "Emessa" includes original compositions recorded with The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. The music was inspired by the 2011 historic Syrian revolution and courageous stand of the people against brutality and dictatorship.

Jandali’s diverse career remains truly international, as he continues to captivate audiences in concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East at such prestigious venues as Lafayette Park at the White House, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Conservatory of Toronto, The Music Institute of Chicago, St. John’s Smith Square in London, The Damascus Opera House, The Cairo Opera House, and Wiener Konzerthaus among others.

Prof. Mohamed Alsiadi is the Program Chair of the US-MidEast Program for the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights, Coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, and doctoral candidate in the Program in American Studies at Rutgers Newark. His research
interests include, Arabic language, literature, culture, Arab-American issues, issues related to Arab-American identity post-9/11; the impact of East-West relations on contemporary Arabic music and literature; Aleppian Waslah performance in the Diaspora; Arabic music composition, theory, and practice; and use of Islam to democratize groups and nations.