When the Jordanian and American pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, arrived in Kuwait, on 23 May, for an extraordinary solo concert, unique musical notes echoed through the Salmiya Theatre. The piano soprano is known for his Arabic, Latin, pop, and classical music inspired blends. Besides having performed before thousands around the world, including Queen Elizabeth, Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, amongst others, Dirani stands at #3 on the US Billboard chart and enjoys as the #1 on the Jordan charts. The international artist's wild popularity, in Jordan, has helped his albums consistently reach No. 1 on the Jordanian album charts.
'The Washington Times' recognized him as “Jordan’s leading Cultural Ambassador (who) dedicates his music to building bridges of peace and tolerance." Dirani's 'The Zade Foundation for International Peace and Understanding' aims at helping young musicians share, with the world, a deeper understanding of their cultures, by offering them a unique opportunity to expand their roles –from musicians to proactive peace builders and future community leaders.
There is more to hang on to, from the artist while he is still in Kuwait, today at 7pm, as he gets interactive with the people of Kuwait, in his workshop called "Conversation with Zade: Bridging Cultures Through Music", held at LOYAC' headquarters Al Qibliya School in Kuwait City. The workshop is a continuation to his efforts to build cross-cultural understanding through the arts.
To register, visit http://loyac.org/Applications/Lapa/frmLapaWorkshopRegistration.aspx
The concert, organized by Lothan Youth Achievement Center (LOYAC), was sponsored by National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), LOYAC Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), IKEA and aDawliah Electronics, with the official online carrier Royal Jordanian.
For more on the artist, look out for our exclusive interview with Zade Dirani, in our upcoming Issue 745, slated from 31 May to 6 June, or visit www.timeskuwait.com
By Ghazal Praveen