Notes Against the Ban - Fundraiser
Notes Against the Ban:
A Musical Response from the Seven
Help us keep our inter-community events free for all to attend by donating to this campaign!
On March 25th at ICCNC in Oakland, ZAWAYA and ICCNC will co-sponsor a concert by Aswat Ensemble and Guest Performers showcasing the music of the 7 countries listed on January 27th's Executive Order.
The beauty of such a concert will lie in expressing the complexity and many cultural layers in the seven countries – Libya, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan-- with music acting as ambassador from these countries to our own. In instrumental music and in vocal pieces with instrumental accompaniment, we will present the different tonal systems/modes and rhythmic structures in the music, which derive from and in turn highlight the countries’ rich cultural, social, religious, and artistic traditions.
We are preparing two pieces of music from each of the seven countries to present in a 2-hour concert. The songs may be religious, secular or folk, but in every case we are selecting the most-loved, most-typical music from each country -- the music that makes people think of home. Translations of each song will be projected on a screen for the audience.
Register for your free ticket at
RSVP on Facebook: