Ramzi Aburedwan’s Dal’ouna Ensemble Performs At Guild Hall September 17 Ramzi Aburedwan's Dal'ouna Ensemble Performs At Guild Hall September 17 - 27 East

Arts & Living

Arts & Living / 1338452

Ramzi Aburedwan’s Dal’ouna Ensemble Performs At Guild Hall September 17

icon 3 Photos
authorBrendan J. O'Reilly on Sep 13, 2016

As a young boy during the first Palestinian Intifada, Ramzi Aburedwan was photographed with rocks in hand, about to throw one at an Israeli soldier in the West Bank.

It was 1988 and he was just 8 years old. Born in Bethlehem and raised in the al-Am’ari Refugee Camp, conflict marred his childhood. But at age 16, his life trajectory changed when he discovered a passion for the viola. Educated at Palestinian and French music conservatories, he went on to establish Al Kamandjâti Association to bring music education to Palestinians, particularly those in refugee camps.

Mr. Aburedwan’s inspiring true story is told in the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” by journalist and best-selling author Sandy Tolan. This month, corresponding with the book’s paperback release, Mr. Aburedwan’s Dal’ouna Ensemble is touring the United States, including a stop Saturday, September 17, at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Dal’ouna Ensemble is a group of talented instrumentalists—a Palestinian percussionist, a Tunisian oud player, a Yugoslavian accordionist, and viola and buzouk player Mr. Aburedwan—sharing Palestinian folk, classical, jazz and world music. Moroccon vocalist Nidal Ibourk will join them in East Hampton, as will Mr. Tolan, who will read a short excerpt from “Children of the Stone” and introduce Mr. Aburedwan and the ensemble.

Mr. Aburedwan had been a boy trying to expel the Israeli army from his land, Mr. Tolan said. “Then he set down the stone as a teenager and picked up a bow and began playing music—but still had the same dream of creating freedom for his people.”

Mr. Tolan first met Mr. Aburedwan in 1998. The violist was 18 years old, with a dream of building a music school. “I ran into him by chance 10 years later, and he had done exactly that,” he recalled.

He described challenges Mr. Aburedwan’s music students continue to face in their everyday lives, including having to pass through checkpoints to get from village to village.

“Sometimes the soldiers make the kids open their music cases, and in some cases even play a song before they can pass,” he said. “So there’s a level of humiliation that is hard for people to understand if you don’t see it, or if you don’t talk to people who’ve experienced it first hand.”

Mr. Aburedwan’s message and his efforts to protect kids with music has totally inspired the children and adults he is working with, Mr. Tolan said.

“They begin to see that there are other possibilities for their lives,” Mr. Tolan said. “So that inspiration has led to a sense of dignity and self-worth in these children that is remarkable to witness. … It’s really something beautiful to see.”

Dal’ouna Ensemble performs Saturday, September 17, at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. A pre-performance wine and food reception for all ticketholders begins at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $17 to $40. To purchase tickets, call 631-324-0806 or visit guildhall.org.

You May Also Like:

‘Fire in Paradise’ To Screen At Tutto Il Giorno

On November 8, 2018, a wildfire broke out near the town of Paradise, California. Over ... 11 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer

In Process At The Watermill Center

In Process @ The Watermill Center is an ongoing series of open rehearsals, workshops, artist ... 10 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer

A Trio of Artists Talk At The Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum presents the second of five Gallery Talks by artists discussing their ... by Staff Writer

Holiday Show By Young Dancers From Creative Edge Studio

Creative Edge Studio’s “Holiday Spectacular” will take place on Saturday, December 14, at 1 p.m. ... by Staff Writer

Small Artworks Holiday Invitational

Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor is currently featuring its “Small Artworks Holiday Invitational,” a ... by Staff Writer

Celebrating The Cinema

On the third anniversary of the December 16 fire that nearly destroyed the historic cinema, ... by Staff Writer

‘Here Comes The Cinema!’

In the weeks leading up to its reopening, Sag Harbor Cinema is presenting “Here Comes ... by Staff Writer

A Season of Song To Make Spirits Bright

There’s nothing like the music of the season to brighten the mood and spread good ... by Staff Writer

‘Cinema Paradiso’ Screens On The Third Anniversary Of Sag Harbor Cinema Fire

There was once a small, eclectic movie house that gave cinema of all kinds a ... by Michelle Trauring

Young Playwrights Take The Stage At Stony Brook Southampton

The Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) at the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University ... 9 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer
logo

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported