Thursday April 11, 2013

GRAFTON -- The internationally acclaimed duoJalal will perform excerpts from "The Rumi Experience" in a free concert at the Phelps Barn in Grafton on Wednesday, April 17, at 8 p.m.

The New York City-based duoJalal is classical violist Kathryn Lockwood and world percussionist Yousif Sheronick.

Like the marriage between Lockwood and Sheronick, duoJalal represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. From classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to jazz, this collaboration is natural, exploratory and unique.

A classically trained violist from Australia, Lockwood ignites the instrument with her passion. Sheronick, of Lebanese descent, manipulates sound by simply snapping his fingers at the edge of a Egyptian frame drum or dragging his foot across the Peruvian cajon.

Duojalal’s "Rumi Experience" transports audience members to a musical and spiritual space inspired by the duo’s namesake, the 13th century poet and mystic Jalal al-din Rumi. For Rumi, music helped devotees focus their whole being on the divine and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected.

From East Asia to the Middle East, the United States to Eastern Europe, the "Rumi Experience" seeks to foster peaceful coexistence on a worldwide basis. For the past seven years duoJalal has collaborated with other artists and presented concerts that bridge cultures and musical genres.

This program is about music as a healing force; a force for good that brings the world together as a family.

The duo released its first CD, "A Different World," in 2011 to critical acclaim. Lockwood is currently on faculty at UMass-Amherst and was an original member of Pacifica Quartet. She now performs with numerous groups including Jupiter Chamber Players, Trio Solisti and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Sheronick has been hailed by the New York Times for his "dazzling improvisations" and he appears internationally as a soloist and chamber musician with world-renowned artists and groups such as Philip Glass, Ethos Percussion Group and Glen Velez. He is artist-in-residence with Ethos Percussion Group at Lehman College.

This free concert is sponsored by the Cooperman Company and the Windham Foundation. Phelps Barn is located next to the Old Tavern on Main Street.

For directions, call 802-843-2231. For more information about the concert and duoJalal, call 802-463-9750 or e-mail info@cooperman.com.