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Khaled Al-Saai (born 1970) grew up in a household of scholars and artists, surrounded by painting, music, and calligraphy, and by eighteen years of age he already had a reputation as a calligrapher. Al-Saai works in an astonishing range of styles, from decorative classical modes—which he often uses for quotations from poetry—to radically inventive compositions, in which lettering is fragmented into fantastical, almost pictorial compositions. He has an MA in Fine Art from the University of Damascus (1998), and was nominated one of the ten best international calligraphers at the first International festival of Calligraphy in Teheran, Iran, a year before receiving his MA. More recently, Al-Saai has been awarded first prize of Jaly Diwani script at the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture’s Seventh International Competition of Calligraphy in Istanbul, Turkey (2007), and first prize in modern calligraphy in the International Festival for Calligraphy in Algeria (2009).
We welcome him back to the University of Michigan, where he taught an introduction to Arabic calligraphy in 2002, and where his work is included in UMMA's collection. The breathtaking beauty of his work makes it accessible to all and this demonstration will be an exciting introduction to his practice.
Organized and cosponsored by the UM Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
categories: Artists and Curators, Contemporary Art, Special Events
Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, educator and scholar comfortable in a wide variety of musical idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned five degrees in music including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan. Bishop's two recordings Time and Imaginary Time and The Hank Williams Project received widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz–New York, All About Jazz–Los Angeles, and the Detroit Free Press, among others. As a sideman he has recorded over thirty compact discs and has performed with Reid Anderson, Karl Berger, Sandip Burman, Kenny Burrell, Eugene Chadbourne, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver, Drew Gress, Jerry Hahn, John Lindberg, Chris Lightcap, The Either Orchestra, Mat Maneri, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Jeremy Pelt, Hank Roberts, Craig Taborn, Clark Terry, Matt Wilson and John Zorn, among others. He regularly performs as a member of Gerald Cleaver’s Violet Hour and Uncle June, the Ellen Rowe Quartet, Phil Ogilive’s Rhythm Kings, the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, and the contemporary concert music group Opus 21.
This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting and is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.
categories: Performing Arts