Howl! — spectacle-bénéfice for Syrian refugees !
Samedi / Saturday 22 Avril, 20h30
@ Casa del Popolo, 4873 St. Laurent
community benefit for Syrian refugee solidarity project in Lebanon
$10 (no one turned away)
feat. Sam Shalabi (oud) / Mark Haynes (electric bass) / Stefan Christoff (piano) — in duet & in trio
Kaie Kellough (electronics / voice) — solo set
Nja (guitar & voice) featuring Hamza Lahmadi on oud.
accompanying photo taken by Nour Ouayda in NYC.
this concert is co-presented by Taklif تكليف !
also featured at this benefit event are going to be a couple benefit prints by La salière, who are a collective of photographers and artists who created a darkroom within the context of La Passe, that although having been ousted by Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), continue to create prints as autonomous artists. // qu'il y aura quelques tirages produits par La salière un collectif de photographes et d'artistes inspiré.e.s par les procédés d’impression utilisant la lumière (photosensibles), dont l’épicentre est une chambre noire (qui est en voie de s'installer avec La Passe dans le quartier après avoir été évincé par la CSDM).
background info :
over the past year Howl! arts collective and friends in both Montreal and Lebanon have been jointly working on a direct aid and frontline solidarity project to support Syrian refugees. this is a material solidarity initative based on our direct connection with social justice activists in Beirut who have established a clear process to deliver aid and goods to Syrian refugee communities close to the Syrian border regions in the Beqaa valley.
Influenced by the Middle Eastern sounds of her Syrian roots, Nja’s debut EP I Still offers a vital contribution to Canadian folk-pop. With her arresting voice and skilled guitar playing, Nja is an active force in Montreal’s music scene, performing regularly as part of The Kalmunity Vibe Collective. After years working as a session guitarist, Nja began performing solo shows and truly found her voice as a singer-songwriter. In 2016, she releases the powerful, moody I Still, a raw and beautiful exploration of heartbreak, forgiveness, and acceptance of self.
Kaie Kellough is a writer and sound performer. He is the author of two collections of poetry and two recordings, most recently Creole Continnum. Kaie’s debut novel, Accordéon, was released in 2016 with ARP books. His writing, audio, and performances have appeared in journals and on stages in Europe, Africa, Japan, Australia, and the United States. Kaie works with electronic instruments to create sonic environments for narratives of human migration.
Mark Haynes is an American musician, bassist, arranger and composer, from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is known as a songwriter and session musician at Flyte Tyme Studios under the direction of Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis. Mark has recorded with artists such as : Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, Malika Tirolien and Gladys Knight.