Arabic Music Ensemble

Age Group: Adults, Seniors & Teens 

1/31/2014 • 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

West Charleston location West Charleston Library

Room: Lecture Hall

The Bishr Hijazi Arabic Music Ensemble has been performing classic and contemporary Middle Eastern music over the past four years, introducing varieties of this musical style to Western and Middle Eastern audiences.

Bishr, the ensemble leader, toured Europe, the Near East and the U.S. as a guitarist and oud player, performing classical Arab music. His unique electric guitar has added frets to produce the quarter tones typical of Arabic scales.

Laraine Kaizer is an exceptional classical violinist, a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and several chamber ensembles. A native of exotic Peoria, Illinois, she adds both the traditional and classical harmony flavor to the music, giving it a fresh modern feel. In the Ensemble she plays both acoustic and electric violin.

The Azzi Brothers, Charles and Charbel, are exceptional percussionists from Lebanon, playing traditional Middle Eastern percussion. They are sought after by many Middle Eastern musicians across the U.S. for their unique performance abilities. 

The newest member of the ensemble is Zhanna from Khazakstan. She grew up a celebrated dancer in her native land, but since has spent years studying dance in Egypt, where she still travels for advanced study.

Together the Ensemble weaves an engrossing and beautiful tapestry.

Free and open to the public. For more information call: 702-507-3964.