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ArteEast is proud to co-present Remix ⟷ Culture’s TANFIS 2023. After the success of last year’s event, Remix ⟷ Culture returns with a new exploration of community-rooted music and stories, porting them to the contemporary through audio and visual remix. Once again led by the notion of tanfis, an Arabic word that translates to a cathartic liberation of the soul, this year’s iteration brings together a stellar collective of NY-based community-rooted musicians, storytellers, remix artists, and DJs from diaspora communities of Palestine, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.
In September 2023, the artists embarked on a 3-month residency, taking place in various locations upstate NY and in NYC, where they will collaboratively document and remix their community-rooted music and stories in traditional and boundary-pushing ways. The culmination of this adventure will be a one-of-a-kind 3-hour live experience designed to take the audience on a “tanfis” journey, seamlessly harmonizing the traditional and the remix, acoustic and electronic, deep listening and dance, storytelling and trance, embroidery and video art. The evening will be a one-of-a-kind celebration of Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese, and Iraqi culture – one as indebted to the past as it is hurdling forward toward a new future with hope and strength. We are thrilled to premiere this magical experience.
Michael Joseph Burdi
Sami Abu Shumays
and the artists of the Freedom Dabka Group
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