Dear Sisters community,
Thank you so much for your support always, and especially during these incredibly uncertain and overwhelming times. We deeply appreciate the outpouring of love we’ve received this past week, even as everyone is grappling with their own responsibilities and needs.
We have necessarily closed our doors for the safety of staff and the community, and are not at this time offering take-out or delivery services.
While we are navigating helping our staff through this temporary closure, and the rapidly changing information about what relief is available, we are most concerned about those most vulnerable. For us, that means our kitchen, many of whom have families both here and out of the country, and do not have other sources of income.
If you desire to make a donation to us, we will at this time be distributing funds from this gofundme between the 9 members of our kitchen staff.
We completely understand that we are one amongst many many fundraising efforts right now, but we wanted to open an avenue for people who are able to contribute something if they wish. Every donation is greatly appreciated, and we will certainly be in the mood to celebrate grandly once it is safe to reopen our doors!
This Maqam performance includes a classical Iraqi repertoire of Nazim El Ghazali, Afifa Iskanar, and Wahida Khalil by Iraqi vocalist Zahra Zubaidi.
Born in Iraq, Zubaidi is a New York-based vocalist/actor. She has performed with Safaafir, the only US-based ensemble dedicated to performing the Iraqi Maqam, this year at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum, and, most recently, Roulette. She is a student of Iraqi Maqam under the guidance of renowned Iraqi Maqam master Mr. Hamid Al Saadi.
8:00pm – Zahra Zubaidi – Iraqi Maqam
9:00pm – Open Jam Session
Doors at 7:30pm
Zahra Zubaidi – vocals
Sami Abu Shumays – violin
Omar Dewachi – oud
John Murchison – qanun
Johnny Farraj – percussion
Nezih Antakli – percussion
About Maqam :
The maqam is the classical vocal tradition of Iraq and one of the most refined of the many maqam traditions found throughout the Arab and Muslim world. In Iraq, the term maqam refers to highly-structured, semi-improvised, compositions that take years of disciplined study under a master to learn fully. Often rhythmically free and meditative, they are sung to Classical Arabic and colloquial Iraqi poetry, and are followed by light-hearted, rhythmic songs, known as pestaat.*
“From Paris to New York, bringing that Faya”
Recorded at Sisters on October 13, 2016
Cole Evelev is 24. He loves to fly fish and the last record he bought was great. He remembers seeing Shuggie Otis when he was eight. He made this mix in one take.
Gabrielle Kwarteng is a New York City native who was originally an “iPod music selector” at house parties before becoming a DJ. She’s always found it difficult to identify her favorite genre (but can safely say it’s one that leaves her wanting dance), hence resulting in genre-bending sets. From funk to disco to house to electronic and even Afrobeat (a shout-out to her Ghanaian origins), you’ll never know what you’re going to get from her.
Thank you to our talented friend Eric Magassa in Gothenburg, Sweden.