Courtesy of Pentangle Arts Council
Saturday, May 21 at 4 p.m. — WOODSTOCK — Pentangle Arts is pleased to present the Malek Jandali Trio on Saturday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at the North Universalist Chapel in Woodstock. Jandali will be performing for the first time at Pentangle with Abdulrahim Alsiadi on oud, and Montreal cellist Karen Kaderavek. Kaderavek is known to local audiences from her 15-plus years with Pentangle, and prior to that 12 years as principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. A reception with the Trio will follow the performance at the St. James Church just across the street.
World-renowned composer and pianist Malek Jandali is recognized as a leading figure in today’s piano world. His outstanding recordings and extensive concert tours receive abundantly glowing praise. Hailed by BBC World News as “an acclaimed pianist,” his music has been described as “moving and thought provoking” by Bob Stevenson of NPR and “inspiring” by the Huffington Post. His musical career as a concert pianist began in 1988 after winning the first prize at the National Young Artists’ competition followed by the 1997 Outstanding Musical Performer Award in the United States.
Jandali’s hit album “Echoes from Ugarit” was recorded in Moscow with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and released in 2008. It includes original compositions based on the oldest music notation in the world discovered on a clay tablet in the ancient Mediterranean city of Ugarit. His 2012 album “Emessa” has receiv—-ed critical acclaim in major newspapers and is “hauntingly beautiful” according to The Stream AJ America.
Mr. Jandali was the recipient of the 2011 Freedom of Expression award in Los Angeles and was recognized in New York City with the 2012 Arab-American Cultural Achievement Award. He was honored with the 2013 GUSI Peace Prize for his dedication to the peace and humanitarian causes featured in his 2013-2014 world tour “The Voice of the Free Syrian Children.”
His latest album “SoHo” is a continuation of Jandali’s musical journey, featuring the art of Taquasim and combining the Eastern sounds of oud with the Western harmonies of piano and cello.
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