Berklee Summer Concert SeriesChristiane Karam / Gian Aurelio

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Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
United States
Christiane Karam

Swingin' in Mothers Rest returns with Christiane Karam and ZilZALA, a band that draws from several musical cultures to reinterpret classical, traditional, and folk Arabic music. Vocalist Gian Aurelio and Berklee's Swingers Quartet will open the evening. 

(This event was rescheduled for July 28 after rain postponed its originally scheduled July 21 date.)

Led by acclaimed vocalist/composer Christiane Karam, the ZilZALA Middle Eastern ensemble is a Boston-based world music band that draws from several musical cultures to reinterpret classical, traditional, and folk Arabic music. The outcome is a powerful and uplifting blend of Eastern and Western influences that range from Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, and North African grooves and melodies to contemporary jazz harmonies, coming together to create a truly unique musical experience. The ZilZALA Ensemble has been playing to packed houses in Boston and New York, bringing together music lovers from the Middle East with a western audience that is eager to learn about and enjoy Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies. ZilZALA was also nominated Best World Music Act in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to leading the ZilZALA ensemble, Christiane writes and performs in various musical settings, and has had the privilege of performing and collaborating with Bobby McFerrin, the Assad Brothers, Bassam Saba, the NY Gypsy All-Stars, and Yanka Rupkina to name a few, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Summerstage, Symphony Space, and the Moscow International House of Music. Karam is also an award-winning songwriter and is an assistant professor at Berklee and teaches in the voice, ensemble and songwriting departments.

Gian Aurelio Faraone incorporates the signature sounds of the greatest Italian voices of the 20th century, from Caruso and Sinatra to Pavarotti and Bennett. A multicultural upbringing and fluency in three languages (Spanish, Italian, and English) gave Gian the ability to reach out to many different cultures through various styles of music.

Born in Venezuela and raised in Italy, Aurelio gained popularity in Caracas and Margarita Island, performing at jazz clubs, casinos and hotel showrooms. While attending Berklee he became known as the crooner of Boston's North End.
Aside from acting as headliner for many Italian feasts in Boston, Aurelio has performed for the mayor of Boston and with Brian McKnight.

Presented by Berklee College of Music, ParkArts, and Fenway Civic Association.