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'Tabadol Project' brings a touch of Lebanon to Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 14, 2007) -- A group of Lebanese and American musicians will provide the community with a chance to learn about Lebanese music and its impact around the world. The "Tabadol Project" will be sharing with the Ohio University community on Thursday, Feb. 15, in Scripps Hall's Anderson Auditorium.

The group will perform a concert at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium located on the first floor of Scripps Hall. This event is free and open to everyone.

The performance follows a 5 p.m. panel discussion titled "Music on the Edge" that will include the musicians, along with Joseph Rota, associate provost for international affairs; Terry Anderson, former professor of journalism; Loren Lybarger, professor of Classics and World Religions;and Marina Peterson, School of Interdisciplinary Arts.

This international musical exchange project is led by composer Gene Coleman.  The musicians participating in the project have all studied experimental music in Lebanon. They are Raed Yassin, Christine Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui and Ziad El Ahmadie.

Athens is the first stop for this group that will travel to the major U.S. cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Washington DC between now and Feb. 28. The purpose of the project is to allow people "to understand the range and nature of the new music and art in Lebanon."

It came together as a result of Coleman's work in Lebanon during his composer residency. While working with young musicians in the experimental music field, Coleman was asked by the U.S. Department of State to invite Lebanese musicians to come to the U.S. and perform with American musicians from across the country. 

Ohio University students were invited to take part in an experimental workshop, scheduled for Feb. 15, in the Aesthetic Technologies Lab. The workshop will focus on performance and technology and will be led by the Lebanese musicians, Coleman and Peterson of Ohio University.

"Students will be able to see not just Lebanese music, but what's going on there too, and the musicians' experience in Beirut," Marina Peterson said. "It will expose everyone to music that's not around here. The whole project has a network that has emerged here in Athens because of our international dynamics and international students."

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Written by: Anna Marie Finley and Katie Taybus

Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, 740-597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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