1001 Nights Concert

MAR 17, 2014 | 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


C200: Proshansky Auditorium


March 17, 2014: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM





MEMEAC co-sponsor: Ph.D. Program in Ethnomusicology


The Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo PolyPhonics, conducted by Thomas Davies and Arab Music Ensemble, conducted by Kenneth Habib, are joining forces for the “1001Nights Concert” featuring a suite from the Fairuz album, Andaloussiyat (Rahbani Brothers). Fairuz is the Lebanese superstar singer who has been adored by Arabic-speaking audiences for over 60 years. The program includes also taqsim (improvisation) on kamanja (violin), nay (flute) and qanun (zither) and will conclude with a rousing rendition of a dabke (line dance). Joined by first-rate guest artists, there will be about 100 musicians and singers.

Thomas Davies has been a faculty member at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 1983. Serving as Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies, he conducts PolyPhonics, The University Singers, and The Early Music Ensemble in addition to teaching conducting and choral literature and techniques classes. He was a recipient of the Cal Poly Distinguished Teacher Award for 2010-11. Dr. Davies served as the Director of the Master Class in Choral-Orchestral Conducting at the Taipei Bach Festival in 2010 and 2012, and of the Oregon Bach Festival from 2007-11, and he is a former president of the ACDA Western Division.

Ken Habib is an associate professor in the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Music Department. He also has taught music at Pomona College and the University of California, Santa Barbara; has taught Arabic at Cuesta College and Santa Barbara City College; and has served as the Associate Director of the Middlebury College Arabic School. His doctorate in ethnomusicology focused on Middle East and American popular music. Recent recordings include his album of original Eastern Arab art music, Salam. Dr. Habib’s recent publications appear on NPR’s Afropop Worldwide, and in the Grove Dictionary of American Music and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.