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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Laser Background at Lacuna, Curtis 2021 at World Cafe Live

 

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Farah Siraj | photo by Ann Blake | courtesy of the artist

Farah Siraj returns to World Cafe Live, upstairs tonight. The Amman, Jordan native takes a worldly approach to traditional styles of music, blending flamenco, jazz and folk in innovative ways. Tonight she’ll be joined by Indian Carnatic violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar; tickets and information can be found here. Watch her perform live below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Superheaven at Voltage Lounge, PRhyme at Underground Arts and more

Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com
Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com

Farah Siraj grew up in Amman, Jordan, and though her music is rooted in the traditional sounds of her home country, she takes an expansive approach to songwriting. Incorporating bits of jazz, flamenco and folk, Siraj breaks down traditional barriers, and also uses her songs as a means for humanitarian advocacy. Tonight she headlines World Cafe Live; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Farah Siraj brings her melting-pot of world music to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Farah Siraj | photo courtesy of the artist

Jordanian vocalist Farah Siraj will perform at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 16th in conjunction with the Art After Five music series.

Though her music is firmly grounded in the Middle Eastern traditions she grew up with in her hometown of Amman, Siraj has moulded a world music career out of influences and styles from across the globe.  She was hailed by Rolling Stone as a “vivacious Arabian flamenco jazz” artist, and has used her music as a means to promote humanitarian efforts and peace across cultures, performing before the United Nations as well as for world leaders in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.

Joined by musicians Andres Rotmistrovsky and Marcelo Woloski, Siraj’s Art After Five program will blend innovative original material with traditional Middle Eastern compositions.  More information for the event can be found here.  Below, watch Siraj perform at Coke Studio.

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Listen to “Pedazos de mi vida” by world fusion savant Farah Siraj (playing World Cafe Live tonight)

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Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com

World fusion artist and virtuoso singer/composer Farah Siraj will be joined by her Arabian flamenco jazz band tonight at World Cafe Live. The exceedingly accomplished Siraj, who has been composing music since the tender age of sixteen, fuses Middle Eastern folk, flamenco, jazz, bossa nova and more, creating and performing world music at the highest level imaginable.

Dubbed Jordan’s “Musical Ambassadress” Siraj’s musical career spans across the widest plain of place and influence. Listening to Farah Siraj’s music one can hear elements of Spanish guitar, Middle Eastern folk, pop vocals, jazz lines, and the list could go on. Did we mention she sings in Spanish, English and Arabic? Having studied and performed music in every corner of the globe, Siraj’s musical ambitions have evolved into a vast humanitarian project that begs listeners to contemplate peace. In a simple phrase, “world music for world peace”.

Farah Siraj’s compositions are both innovative and breathtakingly beautiful, and her performance at World Cafe Live should not be missed. For tickets and more information click here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deer Tick at Union Transfer, Mumblr at The Fire, MECA Music Heals Benefit concert at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by Anna Webber
Photo by Anna Webber

Rootsy indie-rock band Deer Tick headline Union Transfer tonight. Their recently released album Negativity features solemn, bleeding-heart songs that are, as one could imagine, somewhat anguished, so the show promises to be moving with plenty of angst. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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