Jazz for Syria 2015 in The Hague


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By Phillip Woolever

After completing dynamic, multi-national concerts in the Global Week for Syria series, the entertainment focus shifts completely onto jazz for a climactic, gala celebration in The Hague, Netherlands on International Jazz Day, Thursday April 30th.

The project has indeed been an ongoing international affair, with fundraising events and concerts during April 18th – 30th. During Global Week, there were shows in Amsterdam, Beirut, Madrid, Paris, Prague and Vienna. A multitude of musicians and speakers gathered to promote hope and goodwill, share artistic traditions and increase awareness of vital Syrian issues, challenges and needs.

The concert in The Hague takes place at the centrally located Korzo Theatre, amidst numerous cultural landmarks. Featured artists representing some of Holland’s most proficient players; include The Nordanians, bassist Tony Overwater, Dick de Graf, Gerard Kleijn and the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio. Special guests from Syria, vocalist Ibrahim Kevo and dancer Ahmad Alkhateeb, aka Broukar, will also perform with the all-star cast. The artistic director and leader of this edition of Jazz for Syria is Oene van Geel.

The Syrian Music Lives project is an ongoing effort to increase aid and education regarding one of the world’s most conflicted regions, including musical events, live streams, forums, and educational panel discussions.

Jazz For Syria aims to raise awareness and support for Syrian refugees in Northern Iraq and Syria, raising funds for relief efforts of partner Terre des Hommes Netherlands.

Jazz for Syria in The Hague makes the most of International Jazz Day and the myriad skills of many dynamic donating performers. Check out their website and see if you too can become a part of this vital global contribution.

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