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The Salaam-Shalom Music Project comprises distinguished artists from Chicago’s Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the Arab and Muslim professional music community.
Drawing upon the traditional melodies of the Middle East and South Asia combined with those of Jewish music, Salaam-Shalom (which means “peace” in Arabic and Hebrew) affirms the possibilities for mutual learning, enrichment and good will among Jews, Muslims and Christians.
The musicians include first-and second-generation artists from Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union and the US. This all-acoustic ensemble draws from the wellsprings of ancestral folk songs and dances for their creativity. The Oud (Arabic lute), Daf (hand-held drum), ney (Arabic flute) as well as violin, clarinet and double bass create an entrancing atmosphere of spirit and spirituality.
The Salaam-Shalom Music Project affirms the possibilities for mutual learning, enrichment and good will between Jews, Muslims and Christians, as the members reach out to each other to teach and celebrate their heritage through music.