5PM: Art opening for Jessica Beebe
“I like the dark, the used, the worn and the wormy. I like exploring haunted houses, dank caves, seaside carnivals and underwater grottos. I am a painter, an illustrator and a photographer who strives to bring this essence of the quiet and hidden to each piece I create.”
8PM – Philip Noss
Phillip’s father bought him his first acoustic guitar from a neighborhood music shop and set about showing him the fundamentals. Phillip immediately started trying to decipher the music of the families’ record collection, spending hours pouring over the vintage titles. Eventually, he began attending weekly lessons in Washington’s Dupont Circle, where he was initially taught to sing and play simultaneously. He became increasingly interested in the relationship between the lyrics and music and began to compose songs that closely reflected the music from the old recordings. He now claims, that his instructors’ synchronized vocal and instrumental method, molded his passion for songwriting and lyrics. Writing music and words slowly developed into his sole preoccupation and took the place of merely mastering the songs of his predecessors.
10PM – OKBARI with belly dancers
Okbari presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas.