12:00PM — 1:30PM
Thursday August 22College Park
Moneka Arabic Jazz – Presented by Aga Khan Museum
During his formative years in Iraq he learned traditional songs and drumming in a African family tradition that was brought to Iraq in the 12th century. Later he was accepted the top high school for the performing arts Institute Of Fine Arts Baghdad, where he learned a variety of artistic disciplines from theatre to singing maqam (scales and nuances) of Middle Eastern music. Through these experiences Ahmed has acquired his perspectives on our world and his place within it, and continued attending the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad. During these years, he began to be especially moved by stories of human struggle, freedom, love and formed his convictions about human rights through his art, performance ,voice and his songs. Three years since Ahmed arriving to Canada, he continue his artistic pursuit which is simply to bring love to society.His contributions as a performing artist in music, theatre have been welcomed. The scene has embraced his Iraqi artistic heritage – its stories and songs - into its own growing cultural narrative. he has found himself being enriched while through many collaborations, including the Canadian Opera Company - Abduction from the Seraglio , Moskitto Bar and with Quique Escamilla, Turtle House, Sina Bathaie . And he is also conducting a series of workshops in Toronto on traditional Iraqi music, called "The Moneka Monologues."
Play the Parks is presented by TD Bank, produced by the Downtown Yonge BIA.