ART EVENT “Listening While Muslim” at MATCH

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ART EVENT “Listening While Muslim” at MATCH

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


JANUARY 27, 2024: Asad Ali Jafri and Abdul-Rehman Malik host “Listening While Muslim,” a listening party and sonic journey that crosses continents, languages, and genres, exploring music at the intersection of faith, culture, and politics. Serena Rasoul and Wanees Zarour journey into popular (and unpopular) culture to explore the centrality of Palestine to peace movements and social justice, as articulated in music and art.

Saturday, January 27, 2024 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)

RUNTIME: 90 minutes with no intermission

TICKETS: $25 Regular (limit 4 per order)

Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, community organizer and interdisciplinary artist. Using a grassroots approach and global perspective, Asad connects artists and communities across imagined boundaries to create meaningful engagements and experiences. Asad has over two decades of experience honing an intentional and holistic practice that allows him to take on the role of artist and administrator, curator and producer, educator and organizer, mentor, and strategist.

Serena Rasoul is a Palestinian Ph.D. Student at Columbia University. She was recently named in the Top 40 under 40 Arab Americans in the US. Last Fall, she served as a Fellow at Harvard University, where she explored the rich ecological themes in Palestinian folklore. Serena recently completed serving as the Community Engagement Specialist for the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, where she consulted on a variety of artistic and community-based projects. And in 2021, Serena founded an organization called MA Casting and Consulting, which elevates MENA and Muslim creatives into mainstream spaces. Her organization spearheaded the first study and test on the portrayal of Muslim women on-screen alongside the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media and the Pillars Fund. Serena recently performed at the Kennedy Center in DC, has been featured in NPR and Variety magazine, and was recently named one of the Top 100 PoC in Media by AN Publishing. She holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and two bachelor’s degrees from The University of Virginia.

Wanees Zarour is an award-winning Palestinian-American composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist steeped in maqam and jazz music. His compositional and arranging styles transcend borders and draw from traditions spanning the entire globe. He is a community leader who believes in creating an environment conducive to artistic expression and collective music making. Zarour directs the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, co-directs the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra, and leads ‘East Loop,’ a septet that explores the intersections between the maqam and jazz traditions.


January 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Houston Climate Justice Museum & Cultural Center
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MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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(713) 521-4533
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