Syrian Songstress Gaida to Perform at ADC National Convention

 Syrian Songstress Gaida to Perform at ADC National Convention

Washington, D.C. | | May 20th, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that singer-songwriter Gaida and her brilliant band will be performing at the 2014 National Convention.  The Convention will be held on June 12-15, 2014 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Gaida and her band will perform on June 13th at ADC’s Friday Night Gala: Celebrating a Community, Celebrating Diversity.

You won’t want to miss out on this entrancing performance by the highly acclaimed singer Gaida and her mesmerizing band!  Click here to register for the ADC National Convention and reserve your hotel room today!

 “Gaida stirs up magic on stage”- The Detroit News

“entrancing and luscious” - Timeout New York

Timeout New York called Gaida one of the most “effusive and charming” singers in the New York world-music scene. With her filigreed voice and outstanding ensemble of mesmerizing musicians - George Dulin (piano), Zafer Tawil (oud), Jennifer Vincent (bass), Aleksandar Petrov (Tapan), and Tony De Vivo (percussions)Gaida delivers “entrancing and luscious” performances. At ADC’s Friday Night Gala: Celebrating a Community, Celebrating Diversity, this brilliant band will play songs from their original tunes in addition to popular songs from the Arab world.  Click here to register today!  

“beyond perfect” – The New Yorker

Click here to listen to Gaida’s music on Soundcloud

Click here to watch and listen to Gaida’s music on Youtube: “Bint Elbalad”

About the Artists

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Vocalist and songwriter, Gaida, is celebrated for her impeccable musical intuition and velvety yet crystalline voice. The wide range of musical styles heard within her music flow together organically and naturally and is tied together by Gaida’s depth of soul and her evocative and expressive voice, which transcends genre and drives directly into the listener’s heart. Gaida and her band were featured in major films, including Jonathan Demme’s 2008 drama “Rachel Getting Married.” They recorded with Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo and performed in prestigious national venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and many world music festivals. Gaida has a parallel career as a speech and language pathologist and as a vocal coach. 

Pianist/Composer George Dulin (piano) has been making heads turn and ears percolate since his arrival on the New York jazz scene. In January 2006, George finished a Masters in Jazz Performance at New York University, where he was an adjunct professor of Jazz Piano. He has studied with Jim McNeely, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Dafnis Prieto, Justin DelloJoio, and Panos Mavromatis. He has performed in a master class with living legend Cecil Taylor, and recorded with Teo Macero, John Scofield, Lenny Pickett, and Alex Sipiagin. George performs at major venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-cola, Birdland, 55 Bar, Smalls, Joe’s Pub and The Blue Note.

New York based Palestinian-American Zafer Tawil (oud and percussion) is a master of Arabic music with virtuoso talents on oud, violin, qanun and a full range of percussion instruments. He has performed with numerous musicians ranging from pop star Sting to Arab music greats such as Simone Shaheen, Chab Mami, and Bassam Saba to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe, among others. Zafer has composed music for a number of films including the Oscar- nominated Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married.

Jennifer Vincent (bass), bassist and a cellist, has been as active force on the jazz and latin scenes in NYC for the past two decades. She played with Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and the Harry Whiteaker Group, Jon Hendricks, Paula West, Son Sublime and the famed Boy’s Choir of Harlem. She studied with the legends Ron Carter, ouster Williams, and Andy Gonzales and Orlando Cachaito Lopez, the bassist of the beloved Buena Vista Social Club. Her bass lines are featured on NBC’s 75th Anniversary “Cosby Show Retrospective” and on episodes of Dora the Explorer and Dirty Sexy Money. Jennifer co-leads two groups: The New Jazz Quartet and CoCoMaMa. Jennifer is the bass chair for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the most legendary band in American history. All about jazz praised Jennifer for “getting a bass to sing”.

Aleksandar Petrov is a Macedonian born percussionist and composer who plays the Tapan (Macedonian Tabel), a traditional drum of his country with which he’s been the rhythmical anchor of traditional folk orchestras since age twelve. He now lives in Paris where he’s had many encounters with jazz musicians. Alek tours and plays percussion with the renowned Lebanese composer, Marcel Khalife.

Tony De Vivo is an acclaimed Venezuelan percussionist. The “Jazz Ambassadors” is known for his impeccable beat and irresistible groove. He turd the world performing with nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz and Latin musicians. As a composer and a musician, Mr. De Vivo directs his ensemble Winds of Wood. He performs with flamenco group Espiritu Gitano “Arturo Martinez”, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orquestra, The Cintron brothers, Gary Morgan’g big band Panamericana. 

Hotel Reservations

ADC has secured a special convention rate of $109/night per room for single or double rooms. This special rate expires soon. Reserve your rooms now! 

For reservations, click book now or call 1-800-228-9290 or (703) 920-3230.  You must mention “ADC National Convention” when you call to recieve the special convention rate of $109/night.

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202 

Click here to register now for the ADC Convention! 

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