The Hagop Kevorkian Center is proud to announce that from October 1-November 30, 2017, the acclaimed Beirut-based band, Mashrou’ Leila, will join us as Kevorkian’s Fall 2017 Artists-in-Residence. During their time with us, they will lead a special workshop titled “The Great Gig in the Sky: Imagining the Soundtrack to Utopia” that is open to graduate students at the Kevorkian Center’s MA programs (and other NYU graduate students as space allows).
Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a six-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul, Dubai, Tunis, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Geneva, Serbia and international festivals such as Byblos, Baalbeck, BabelMed, Paleo and Exit.
Their albums unfold like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.
to listen to the music / buy their albums: