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Tracing Light: An Evening with Simon Shaheen and A.J. Racy

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.

Two of the world's most accomplished performers and composers of Arab music appear at the Getty Center for an evening of soaring improvisation on traditional Near Eastern instruments.

Racy and Shaheen's legendary musical inventiveness was captured on the masterful recording Taqasim, the Art of Improvisation in Arab Music, which CD Review Magazine selected as one of its 50 Definitive World Music Recordings.

Simon Shaheen and A.J. Racy

About Simon Shaheen and A.J. Racy
Frequent collaborators, Simon Shaheen and A.J. Racy are virtuoso performers and composers of the music of the Middle East.

Shaheen is a master violinist and oud (short-necked lute) player, while Racy is acclaimed for his dazzling performances on the nay (wooden flute) and buzuq (long-necked lute).

Shaheen produces the Annual Arab Festival of Arts in New York, leads the Arabic Music Retreat, and teaches at schools and universities throughout the country. His group Qantara (Arabic for "arch") fuses Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music.

Racy is professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA, an expert in folk instruments of the Near East, and the author of the recently published Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab.

About This Event
This performance is presented in conjunction with the 2005 World Festival of Sacred Music–Los Angeles (September 17 to October 2). The festival features 1,000 artists and 43 sacred events of music and movement over 16 days, in venues all over the Los Angeles area crossing neighborhoods and cultural, religious, and ideological boundaries in the spirit of world peace.

Simon Shaheen and A.J. Racy