Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Syrian Conflict: Creativity, Improvisation and Resistance 


WHEN: March 26, 2015
Rutgers Center for Migration & The Global City  •  49 Bleeker St.  •  Newark, NJ


3:00 PM-4:00 PM Veiled Aleppo : Photojournalism and the Syrian Civil War

Photojournalist Ed Kashi interviews Franco Pagetti about his haunting photographs of the sheets that line the devastated 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 PM-5:30 PM   When Will I See You Free?: Music, Memory and the Syrian Revolution

Panel discussion with Malek Jandali (Syrian American composer and pianist), Abdulrahim Alsiadi (Oud player and RU-N faculty), Laura Metcalf (renowned cellist), Dr. Jonathan Shannon (cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor at Hunter College), and Thomas Ludwig (composer and conductor).

5:30 PM-6:30 PM   Reception

7:00 PM-9:00 PM   Concert: Malek Jandali Trio

Composer-pianist Malek Jandali along with Abdulrahim Alsiadi and Laura Metcalf will present chamber works for piano, cello and oud featuring music from Malek's new album Syrian Symphony, which includes the composition "Phoenix in Exile," recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Malek's compositions integrate Middle Eastern modes into Western classical forms and harmony. His compositions have been performed by orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Stockholm Solister, and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. On January 31, 2015, Malek became the first Arab-American composer to premiere his work at Carnegie Hall.