A special benefit concert at the lovely Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse for JFCS East Bay’s services for refugees and immigrants. JFCS East Bay is one of three resettlement agencies in the East Bay, currently resettling Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, as well as LGBTI refugees from Africa and the Middle East. JFCS East Bay is also serving and supporting undocumented families fearing detention and deportation.
The concert will feature The Qadim Ensemble, led by Eliyahu Sils on the ney, with Rachel Valfer Sills on oud and lead vocals, Faisal Zedan on percussion, Naser Musa on oud and vocals, and Hamid Saeidi on santoor. The repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Ladino, and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region’s cultures.
World Harmony Chorus performs a cappella choral repertoire from a variety of ethnic sources and folk traditions, including urban jazz/gospel, humns from Madagascar and Zimbabwe, Appalachian shape-note singing, Eastern European kolos, and Venezuelan choral works.