BROOKLYN NOMADS (NYC) will perform a two-hour musical tribute to the six countries named in the March 16 travel ban – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This concert is an expression of support and gratitude towards the rich melting pot of the entire United States, which enabled this group to come to life.
Interpreting Middle Eastern folk music through cultural and musical backgrounds as diverse as Brooklyn itself, the Nomads put a contemporary spin on a traditional Arabic repertoire from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, as well music from Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan and beyond. Brass and wind, string and vocals, tap and percussion – the Nomads create a transcendent mix of voices, rich instrumentation and innovative composition.
“The rich ecosystem of NYC permitted this group to come to life – musicians from different continents and distinct backgrounds creating a hybrid of transcendent sounds,” says Hadi Eldebek, who founded the Brooklyn Nomads in 2014 to explore multicultural music from the diverse perspective of New York City. “We perform in solidarity with those affected by the Executive Order and seek to preserve the dignity, respect, and compassion of the United States.” Eldebek will be among the group’s members traveling to Indianapolis for this one night only performance. “We hope to keep adding to the music around us and share the journey with you in Indianapolis,” he said.
This unique opportunity is presented by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s newly-developed Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts, and IndyFringe. “Today we struggle as a society with the basic question of hospitality: who belongs and who is acceptable?” says the Rev. John Denson, St. Paul’s Rector. “With this inaugural event of the Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts we hope, through the music of the Brooklyn Nomads, to create an experience that opens our eyes to see as God sees; which is to see that all people belong and all are acceptable.”