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Friday ArtWalk performances continue on July 29 with featured artists Okbari.
Friday ArtWalk  performances continue on July 29 with featured artists Okbari.

Friday ArtWalk Performances continue on July 29 with featured artists Okbari.  Performance to begin at 6PM at Dufresne Plaza, Lewiston. The location is adjacent to 84 Lisbon St.  The rain location for this performance is Downstage at L/A Arts, 221 Lisbon St, Lewiston.

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas. 

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble appears both as a quartet and as a duo, and has performed at venues throughout New England, the East Coast and the Midwest, including prestigious institutions such as the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and recently enjoyed the honor of being invited to perform at the 2009 Chicago Arabesque Festival.  The Ensemble has shared the stage in Istanbul, Turkey with the Kemani Serkan Ensemble and the Rumeli Meyhane Fasil Ensemble. In 2008, Ensemble oud player and vocalist Amos Libby appeared onstage as a guest percussionist with the legendary Gypsy clarinetist Selim Sesler in Istanbul.

The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble is Amos Libby (oud, vocals), Eric LaPerna (percussion), Michael Gallant (violin), and Carl Dimow (flutes).

Amos Libby began his study of Middle Eastern music and oud technique with the late oud master and composer Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian. 

Eric LaPerna has been a percussionist since 1987. He has studied African rhythms with Nigerian drummer Alani Ogunladi, Armenian, Greek and Turkish rhythmic systems with Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, and Riqq, Tabla, Duff and the Iqa'at with Master Arabic percussionist Michel Merhej Baklouk. 

Michael Gallant has studied Arabic classical violin with renowned Palestinian violin and oud master Simon Shaheen and was the violinist for the late Armenian-American oud and clarinet master Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian and his Middle Eastern Ensemble.

Flutist and guitarist Carl Dimow is an eclectic musician whose performances include classical music, jazz, klezmer, blues, and traditional folk music. 

For more information about Okbari please visit their website at www.okbari.org

 

 

 

 

 

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