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Shema: What Jewish Culture Sounds Like, Denver, CO, Feb 15-20, 2008

DivahnThe Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver presents,
With Galeet Dardashti and Divahn for an exploration of
Middle Eastern and Sephardic Jewish music

Friday, February 15, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
University of Denver
Merage & Allon Hillel Center
2390 S. Race Street, Denver, CO 80210
$18/ person for community members
Free for students
Tickets can be reserved by calling Hillel at 303.777.2773 ext. 222 or through their website at www.hillelcolorado.org.
Space is limited so get your tickets early!!

Divahn Performance
The Mizrahi-Sephardigrooves of Divahn's bold all-lady ensemble features soaring harmonies, haunting improvisations and funky arrangements of traditional and new innovative music. This rockin' concert includes entrancing vocals in Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic; thrilling percussion on tabla (Indian percussion), doumbeks (Middle Eastern and North African percussion), riq (Eqyptian tambourine), and finger cymbals. Critically acclaimed cello virtuosity and enchanting Balkan and Arab violin complete a performance not to be missed! Galeet Dardashti provides insights and anecdotes on the origins of the music Divahn performs.

For further info: www.du.edu/cjs/public_programs.html

SHEMA: What Jewish Culture Sounds Like continues with our year-long project at the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies which explores the orality of Jewish culture through media of music, sermons, poetry, theatre and languages of Jewish culture. Join us for a week of Middle Eastern and Sephardic Music with one of the most noted artists and scholars in this field – Galeet Dardashti and her all female band, Divahn!

Galeet Dardashti is completeing her PhD. in ethnomusicology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. An Iraqi Jewish cantor, Galeet is a world-renowned musician of Middle Eastern music. She is the winner of several prestigious arts fellowships including the Six Points Jewish Arts Fellowship from the Foundation of Jewish Culture in New York. Dardashti's work examines the relationship between traditional Arabic muscial forms known as piyyutim and contemporary popular music in Israel, both Arab and Jewish. Her all female band, Divahn, has performed around the world and is the leading voice of Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jewish sounds. Visit their website and sample their music at www.divahn.com
Mizrahi Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Hillel
Join Galeet Dardashti in her role as a cantor for a dynamic Sephardi-Mizrahi Kabbalat Shabbat service which will have you singing and clapping! This special service involves prayers with beautiful melodies from a range of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities.

The Center for Judaic Studies brings you these and other programs with generous support from community members, departments and academic units at the University of Denver, the Posen Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Hillel at the University of Denver and ISIME.

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