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Jason Vieaux & the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble

Thursday, May 7

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Bridging Western classical and traditional Arab music, this concert crosses cultural and musical boundaries with exceptional artistry. Features a world premiere by Kinan Abou-afach, commissioned by LiveConnections for Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux and the resident ensemble of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Catch the energy and innovation in the dynamic Downstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, while enjoying dinner service. Doors open at 6:30pm for brunch; the show starts at 7:30pm.

$25 general admission
$18 students with ID
(prices include service charges)


Jason Vieaux, Hanna Khoury & Hafez Kotain performed a new commission by David Ludwig in a LiveConnections concert in June 2013.

About the Artists

Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of recital, concerto, chamber music, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished with return engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad. Vieaux’s solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co- founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001. [Jason Vieaux photo by Tyler Boye.]

The Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble is the resident ensemble for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a Philadelphia organization dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language. “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” offers structured exposure to the language, art, architecture, music, dance, literature, and natural environment of the Arab world. Al-Bustan promotes cross-cultural understanding among youth and adults of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds through artistic and educational programs. The Takht ensemble features Al-Bustan music director and violinist Hanna Khoury, Hafez Kotain on percussion, Kinan Abou-afach on cello, Kinan Idwani on oud and Hicham Chami on qanun.