Ta’sheeq (Dovetail)

A multi-media collaborative project between Syrian poets, musicians and visual artists, featuring readings and art with musical accompaniment.

The word “ta’sheeqتعشيق means dovetail in Arabic.

The idea began with poetry, and how to present it in a new and innovative way. Ta’sheeq comprises a group of Syrian poets and musicians collaborating with visual artists to present poetry as a multi-sensory experience; readings and art with musical accompaniment. The multifaceted nature of this experience invites all three creative forms to transcend imposed creative boundaries and offer new experiential nuances.

 In this project, poets, musicians and artists are collaborating and merging their passions to recreate and present poetry in a different way. 

 

Artists

Hussam Jefee B.

Hussam J.B. (founder) is a Syrian poet, and psychiatrist. He was born in Lattakia, Syria, in 1983, and currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts. He published his first poetry collection in Arabic in 2008: فتّاحة الأمل المعلّب (The Opener of Canned Hope). His second collection was released in 2017 طيور تدخن الماريوانا (Birds Smoking Marijuana) at Al-Moutawasset publishing; Milano, Italy. His upcoming book of poetry-in-translation will be released in 2018 in the US by Červená Barva Press. He had also published translations of American poetry in Arabic literary magazines and journals. In his capacity as a musician and oud player, he has initiated various projects in the U.S. 

Alma Nizam

Alma Nizam is a Syrian poet. She was born in Paris, France in 1987, and graduated pharmacy school in Syria in 2010. Her debut poems appeared in (O2publishingأوكسجين) magazine in 2016. 

Manar Shabouk

Manar Shabouk is a Syrian poet and storyteller, born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1982. She received her M.A. in Linguistics in 2009 at the University of South Carolina, where she is now a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. She is currently a lecturer of Arabic Language and Literature at Syracuse University. Manar’s poetry has been published in Arabic journals, but a planned first collection, “The Cotton Woman” (2011), has not yet been published, out of respect for the lives and loves affected in Syria during the Revolution. Her first Arabic book (My Letters to Aleppo) will be published in 2017.

Lukman Ahmad

Lukman Ahmad is a Kurdish artist from Syria. He began his art career in 1986. After moving to the US in 2010, he has collaborated with several American art groups, often painting live. In his painting process, Lukman utilizes water, oil, acrylic colors, and pastel. Lukman has had more than 45 solo and group exhibitions in many countries including Syria, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan, Switzerland, Lebanon and United States.

Also performing: guest cellist, Katie Chambers

Katie Chambers, Washington DC, is an accomplished and passionate cellist. She has performed in many venues including Lincoln Center, The Strathmore, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Imagination Stage as well as on television and in concerts locally.

The performance will also include video-art by Syrian artist Khalil Younes.

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