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The Syrian Revolution and the Arts of Resistance

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:30pm to 8:30pm
Paul Robeson Campus Center

Essex Room

Malek Jandali
Jonathan Shannon
Ed Kashi
Franco Pagetti
Laura Metcalf
Abdulrahim Alsiadi
For more info:
Yesha Doshi

The Lens Presents:
The Syrian Revolution and the Arts of Resistance
Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ

2:30 - 4:00 PM Veiled Aleppo: Photojournalism and the Syrian Revolution
Room 232-233
Award-winning photojournalists Ed Kashi and Franco Pagetti will discuss their experience covering the revolution, focusing particularly on “Veiled Aleppo,” Franco’s haunting photographs of the sheets that line the war-torn streets of Aleppo, Syria. Before the war, residents used these sheets for privacy or to protect their homes from harsh weather. Today they shield the residents of Aleppo from the view of Bashar al-Assad’s security force snipers.

4:00 - 5:30 PM Phoenix in Exile: Music, Memory and the Message of Peace
Room 232-233
A panel discussion with award-winning composer/pianist Malek Jandali, Oudist and RU-N faculty member Abdulrahim Alsiadi, renowned cellist Laura Metcalf, and cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor at Hunter College Dr. Jonathan Shannon.

7:00 - 8:30 PM The Malek Jandali Trio
Room 231-232
A live performance featuring the new chamber works of world-renowned composer and pianist Malek Jandali, with Laura Metcalf on cello and Abdulrahim Alsiadi on oud. The evening showcases the release of Mr. Jandali's new album "Syrian Symphony—Phoenix in Exile" recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The compositions integrate Middle Eastern modes into Western classical forms and harmony, and range from chamber music to large-scale orchestral works, including concertos for violin and piano. Mr. Jandali’s compositions have been performed by leading orchestras including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Stockholm Solister, The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Cairo Symphony. On January 31, 2015, Mr. Jandali became the first Arab-American composer to premiere his works at Carnegie Hall.