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Join us for a concert with Philadelphia’s Mid East Ensemble! The ensemble has been performing in one way or another since the early 90s, and their origins stem from the Tayoun Family’s Middle East Restaurant, which provided authentic music, culture, and cuisine for over 40 years in Old City, Philadelphia. The group consists of the area’s TOP Middle Eastern musicians and dancers from the Tri-State area and beyond. Instrumentation includes, on any given occasion: oud, bouzouki, clarinet, nai, zourna, violin, tabla, riq, def, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, and vocalists! Dancing includes various forms of dance commonly referred to as belly dance and folk dances referred to as Dabkeh. The artists of the Mid East Ensemble are acclaimed for their original interpretations, arrangements, and choreographies of centuries-old musical compositions, traditional folk music, and various dance traditions from the Levantine and Anatolian regions. The size of the Mid East Ensemble can range from a duet to a full-sized orchestra and dancers of over a dozen artists!
On June 22nd, the ensemble will include: William Tayoun on Keyboards, Joseph Tayoun on Tabla/Darbouka, Andrew Geller on Riq, Steve Vosbikian on Clarinet, Roger Mgrdichian on Oud, and Meesha providing the Traditional Dance.
Fun fact, the full name of the instrument Oud is El Oud, which translates to The Wood, making the Museum for Art in Wood the perfect venue for the Mid East Ensemble!
*Pictured above clockwise from top left: William Tayoun on Keyboards, Roger Mgrdichian on Oud, Meesha providing the Traditional Dance, Andrew Geller on Riq, Joseph Tayoun on Tabla/Darbouka, and Steve Vosbikian on Clarinet.
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The Mashrabiya Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Special thanks go to:
Rockler Tools for in-kind support
The exhibition program at the Museum is generously supported by members of the Cambium Giving Society of the Museum for Art in Wood, the Bresler Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, William Penn Foundation, and Windgate Foundation.
Corporate support is provided by Boomerang, Inc. and Sun-Lite Corporation.