Sufi and classical music of Egypt comes to Weis Center

Mohamed Abozekry, an oud (lute) master and his instrumental ensemble Karkade, will explore classical Arabic music, Sufi music of northern Egypt and music popular along the Nile River at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Weis Center Atrium. The performance is free, tickets are not required.

There is a free pre-performance talk at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Weis Center Atrium.

Abozekry is in his mid-20s, brilliantly explores Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project called Karkade.

Earning a reputation as a musical prodigy, he became the youngest oud professor in the Arab world at 15 years old and toured the United States as part of The Nile Project.

With Karkade, he evokes the fragrant hibiscus tea found in Cairo and the eponymous French cafe at which the ensemble was born.

He is joined by Farag Hamouda (ney – flute), Lotfy Aly (violin), Hany Bedeir (riqq – percussion) and Aly Mohamed (dehola/daf – percussion).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.­­­