Children of the Stone/DAL’OUNA ENSEMBLE
Composer, violist and bouzuk player Ramzi Aburedwan
Special guest vocalists Nidal Ibourk (Morocco) and Oday Khatib (Palestine)
Percussionist Tareq Rantisi from Palestine
Oud player Ziad Ben Youssef from Tunisia
Accordion virtuoso Edwin Buger from France (Yugoslavian born)
Award-winning author and journalist SANDY TOLAN (schedule permitting)
2019 marks the 102nd anniversary of Israel/Palestine struggle and the 52nd anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. These anniversaries – of Britain’s 1917 Balfour Declaration and the end of the 1967 “Six Day War” offer an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Palestinian struggle to end occupation and strive for freedom and nationhood.
The U.S. National CHILDREN OF THE STONE/DAL’OUNA concert and book tour will mark these anniversaries through a powerful combination of music and literature. The tour will celebrate Palestinian musician and educator Ramzi Aburedwan and his belief in the power of music and culture to transform lives and resist oppression.
It will also feature Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (Bloomsbury, April 2015/paperback 2016) by Sandy Tolan, author of the international bestseller, The Lemon Tree.
Named after a style of song performed in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, the word Dal’Ouna stands forthe communal values of synchronicity, collaborative work and mutual support required for a successful olive harvest, for building a home, or producing a life cycle event. This reflects the collective spirit of the ensemble, whose repertoire features instrumentals and poetic genres based in folklore spanning from Egypt to Andalusia via the Middle East, as well as original compositions—all enhanced by jazzy, layered improvisations, hints of other world traditions, and a profound sense of bluesy lyricism.
Tickets: $20 in advance /$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID