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Wednesday, March 1, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CST

Wanees Zarour

Buzuq Works

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

Along with his ensemble, Wanees Zarour brings the buzuq, a long-necked stringed instrument to the forefront in this concert, exploring its complex, energetic and rhythmic sound and technique in original and traditional music.

Wanees Zarour is an award winning Palestinian-American composer, buzuq virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist whose works transcend borders and challenge the parameters of the traditions that he specializes in. Deeply rooted in both worlds of Middle Eastern/North African and Jazz, Zarour stands at the intersection of these worlds, weaving an intricate dance between harmony and the microtonal modal system (maqam). Wanees Zarour's newest album is expected in early 2023 with his project "East Loop". He is also the director of the University of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble and the co-director of the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra.