New York’s Mini-International Mashup Sequence Brings Cultures Collectively


On March 13 at 1 PM EST, Frequent Floor: Mini-International Mashups will return with a reside presentation of India Meets Egypt. Devoted to world music followers, the live performance will function two solo musicians, one from every introduced tradition.

Frequent Floor options artists of varied disciplines, practices, or cultural identities, who discover world connections and rejoice components that make completely different cultures distinctive. 

The 2022 season of the collection is curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London who for this occasion brings collectively Indian singer-songwriter Falu and Arabic violinist, vocalist, and rababa participant Sami Abu Shumays. They are going to be accompanied by Gaurav Shah on harmonium.

The International Mashups have been held at Flushing City Corridor since 2013. Earlier than COVID-19 hit, the exhibits concerned two bands representing completely different nations. Nevertheless, the “mini” mashup collection started in Fall 2021, when the venue first re-opened to public audiences – with the intent to restart the collection with a smaller variety of musicians on account of COVID restrictions and considerations. 

The objective of the venue “is to rejoice world cultures, and to convey various folks collectively by means of the humanities,” Sami Abu Shumays, deputy director of Flushing City Corridor, informed The Violin Channel. “I really feel prefer it is among the most open cultural areas in all of New York Metropolis, due to its lack of allegiance to anyone specific cultural custom above others. Schooling can also be a core a part of its mission.”



Of the 2 performers this weekend, Falu is a two-time GRAMMY nominated artist for her kids’s albums Falu’s Bazaar and A Colourful World. Born in Mumbai, she is at the moment primarily based in New York and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler, and A. R. Rahman, amongst others.

Shumays is a co-founder and musical director of the Arab music and dance ensemble Zikrayat and is an knowledgeable within the Egyptian and Syrian music traditions. He studied Western classical music, piano, violin, and composition as a boy, and later at Harvard College.

Born in Pennsylvania, he’s a second-generation Palestinian-American immigrant. “Studying Arabic music was a means for me to attach extra deeply to my very own heritage,” he informed The Violin Channel.  

“Arabic music differs from Western music in a number of methods,” he continued. “To start with, it doesn’t use concord, and as a substitute focuses on melodic growth…just like Indian music.,” he continued. “The tuning system in Arabic music is completely different [in that] Arabic scales have lots of what music theorists wish to name ‘microtones’ – notes in between [those] of Western scales.”

Shumays defined that Arabic music can also be very decorative in its use of melodic decorations which can be “compulsory quite than non-compulsory within the music.” He mentioned the mini version of International Mashups has allowed “extra intimate dialog among the many musicians from completely different backgrounds – resulting in some actually fascinating music making within the [series’] earlier concert events.”

“What I’m most wanting ahead to is simply taking part in with Falu once more. We’ve been mates for practically twenty years, and I’ve carried out together with her many occasions through the years,” Shumays informed us. “She’s one of the vital astonishing musicians I do know, and I all the time benefit from the power she brings to the folks round her on stage and within the viewers…I’m excited not solely to play a few of her music, however to have her carry out some Arabic songs with me!”

“In historic occasions, India and Egypt have been related alongside the Maritime Silk Street, studying from and influencing one another’s cultures,” mentioned Flushing City Corridor government and creative director Ellen Kodadek within the press launch. “Right now, India and Egypt are strongly represented in Queens. We’re excited to mash up and discover these two wealthy and vibrant cultures by means of music.”

The Mini-International Mashup efficiency will probably be adopted by a Q&A dialogue between the artists and viewers members.

To attend the occasion in individual, click on right here

A free livestream of the occasion will be accessed right here on the day.

The second live performance in April will probably be “Southern Italy Meets Senegal,” with tickets out there right here.


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