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The Fusion Factor in Independent Arab Music
Fri, April 7, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
DOORS AT 7:30PM | SHOW AT 8:00PM
Blending modern music with traditional Arabian poetry, Diya Azzony is transforming the musical landscape of the Arabian peninsula. On his tour of the United States, he will perform his unique musical style and share his thoughts on the growing industry of indie Arabic music and its influence on youth and society. Playing electric guitar and accompanied by the saxophone and traditional Middle Eastern sounds, Azzony will give us a taste of the fusion of Arab chords and harmonies, contemporary jazz, rock and centuries-old Andalusian poetry. Azzony is at the forefront of music production for film, online streaming and public performance in his home region of Hijaz, Saudi Arabia.
The show will be preceded by an open bar reception beginning at 7:30PM.
ABOUT DIYA AZZONY
Born and raised in Jeddah, on the coast of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, Diya Azzony is a guitarist known for setting the traditional Al-Muttanabi poetry of Saudi Arabia to a jazz and rock fusion with his band Al Farabi. Azzony utilizes the Turkish bouzouki, the oud, the electric guitar, and classical piano to create distinctive melodies and make an imprint on the growing industry of alternative Arabic music. Along with playing with Al Farabi, Azzony is also the founder and manager of the Libra Productions record label. Prior to the creation of his band, Azzony worked in the music industry in both Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. He was the audio studio supervisor at Moon Productions in Dammam in the east of Saudi Arabia, before heading to Liverpool, England, in 2008 to become an engineer and music recorder at Liverpool’s World Museum and assisting in the live music recording of the MTV Europe Awards in 2009. Azzony holds a B.A. in English from King Fahd University and a B.A. in Audio Engineering and Music Production from the SAE School of Audio Engineering. He has completed coursework from the Millennium Institute of Technology and Management in 3D Animation and Design.