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"Safar" musical performance with Mahmoud Chouki and Helen Gillet

  • 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, City Park, New Orleans, 70124 | P: 5046584100
  • 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, City Park, New Orleans, 70124
    P: 5046584100
  • 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, City Park
    New Orleans, 70124
    P: 5046584100
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Throughout the run of Bodies of Knowledge, Mahmoud Chouki will create a new musical composition and series of site-specific performances for the exhibition,  collectively titled Safar, that explore how music can speak across cultural divides to envision new forms of dialogue between East and West. Chouki will be joined by New Orleans-based Belgian cellist, composer, and singer Helen Gillet.

Admission is free for all Louisiana residents on Wednesdays courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

 

About Mahmoud Chouki

Mahmoud 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. Integrating sounds and rhythms from many different cultures, Chouki combines classical guitar with instruments such as the loutar, a traditional instrument of the Middle Atlas region of Morocco; the sintir, a Sub-Saharan instrument from the Sahel region (Mali); the oud, an oriental lute; the Algerian mandole, a steel-string fretted instrument resembling an elongated mandolin; the Baglama saz, a Turkish long necked bowl-lute; the banjo, and a variety of percussion instruments. As artistic director of Rencontre Orient-Occident at Chateau Mercier in Sierre, Switzerland, Chouki has brought together a wide range of international musicians to envision new forms of dialogue between East and West, with music often the only common language between performers.

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New Orleans Museum of Art

Enjoy 5,000 years of art in one day at the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans' oldest fine arts institution, home to more than 40,000 works and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.