Tunisia

Kanun Lesson

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Cultures in Harmony enjoys a longer and deeper relationship with Tunisia than with any other country, first visiting in 2005, and returning each year. Particularly given the January 2011 revolution, we are profoundly committed to our work in Tunisia. The joyous and respectful friendships between individual Tunisians and Americans, facilitated by the universal language of music, offer the best guide towards how our governments and societies should interact going forward. CiH leads an extremely popular series of workshops for young violinists, cellists, and pianists. We worked with ASCM to organize the workshops until 2011, when we began working with Atlas Music Academy. Since 2012, the workshops include a component called “Musical Caravan,” in which teachers and students present outreach concerts in towns around Tunisia.

In 2008, we began working with the English Language Village, an intensive program where Tunisian students can learn English. Concerts and dialogue there were a highlight of our 2008 and 2009 projects. In 2009, our musicians recorded with oud and kanun virtuosi Amine and Hamza M’raihi. Nikola Kołodziejczyk was the engineer; read his account of the sessions.  CiH Musicians also gave a memorable open-air performance for over a thousand people at the ancient Roman coliseum in El Jem. In 2015, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, the Passacaglia Project, we helped young Tunisian musicians compose their own passacaglia.

Other venues at which we have performed during our five projects in Tunisia include the Tunis Cultural Centre, the Institut Superieur de Musique, Hammamet Cultural Center, and the Palais Ennejma Ezzahra. In 2005, we collaborated with the Tunisian Ministry of Health to give an anti-smoking concert. Our projects in Tunisia have been funded by various organizations including the US Embassy in Tunis and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Pictures from recent workshops

The most frequent leader of our delegation to Tunisia is Deputy Director Kimball Gallagher, a pianist, guitarist, and composer. Other musicians who have gone to Tunisia with us include:

  • Violin: Francesca Anderegg, Christina Castelli, Sarah Crocker, Zoe Martin-Doike, Joel Schut, Sarah Wood
  • Viola: Shoshana Gottesman, Lilian Belknap, Kayleigh Miller
  • Cello: Patrick McGuire, Robin Ryczek
  • Guitar: Vova Kuperman
  • Piano: Anya Yermakova
  • Flute: Allie Deaver-Petchenik
  • Voice: Tiffany DuMouchelle, Brace Negron