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Music at the Mansion: April Centro & Bassam Saba. An evening of Arabic and Middle Eastern Music

Audra Mariel hosts this monthly event. 

Bassam Saba of Lebanon is a musical virtuoso, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, educator and world renowned authority on Arabic music. Saba studied nay, oud and violin at the Lebanon National Conservatory, then continued on to earn music degrees in Paris and Moscow. Regarded by the world as a true pioneer of the nay and Arabic interpretation of western flute, Saba has performed with many of the greatest Arab, Western classical, and Western pop icons including Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Alicia Keys, Santana, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones.

April Centrone is a performer, teacher and music therapist originally from New York, residing since January 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon, and now back based on the Jersey Shore. Centrone studied classical Arabic music since 2005 and played western drums and percussion since she was 9 years old. She performed with Lebanese stars, Ziad Rahbani and Marcel Khalife. Centrone led a music education and therapy project called Juthoor or Project Roots Lebanon, largely serving youth of refugee camps and underprivileged zones, as well as music therapy and healing-through-drumming workshops in Beirut,  including all female drum and chant group,  Ikaro.  Currently she performs regularly with her jazz band Acada, an Asbury Park-based world jazz band,  and all female rock group based in Brooklyn called Jane. She intends to do additional volunteer work for refugees throughout NJ and NY. 

Bassam and April incepted the NY Arabic Orchestra in 2007, with the mission to preserve and promote classical Arabic music and promote cultural awareness in America.  They have performed and taught, via programming of the NY Arabic Orchestra, in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall,  Detroit Symphony Hall,  Berklee college, Taipei University of the Arts and much more.  

$15 Bring a dish or drink to share.