美国国际演奏艺术友好协会

 

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Eagan, MN USA

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Issam Rafea and Gao Hong Album Project

Watch a video of them while they were recording the album

Hidden Dance on Vimeo

You can also click this link to watch it on Facebook (now, it has 38,287 views, 429 shares, and 825 likes on Facebook)

If you make your donation in December, the full amount can be deducted from your 2017 taxes. All donations are tax deductible. We will send you an acknowledgement letter for your donation within 24 hours

Please provide your email and/or street address where you would like the gift(s) and the acknowledgement letter sent to.

Below are your reward for your tax-deductible contribution to this effort. You will receive our special thank-you gifts in one of the following categories:


Donate $15 to get 1 electronic album (Sent to you by April 25, 2018)


Donate $20 to get 1 actual album (Sent to you by April 25, 2018)

Donate $25 to get 1 album release concert ticket on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Donate $35 to get 1 electronic album + 1 album release concert ticket


Donate $40 to get 1 actual album + 1 album release concert ticket


Donate $50 to get 2 album release concert tickets


Donate $60 to get 1 electronic album + 2 album release concert tickets


Donate $65 to get 1 actual album + 2 album release concert tickets

Donate $110 to get 1 electronic album + 4 album release concert tickets

Donate $115 to get 1 actual album signed by artists + 4 VIP album release concert tickets

Donate $200 to get 1 actual album signed by artists + VIP 4 tickets + inclusion of your name on the program

$500 to get 1 actual album signed by artists + 4-10 VIP tickets OR 10 actual albums + inclusion of your name on the program and on the CD booklet


If you would like to pay by check, please make it payable to IFTPA and send it to:

1960 Cliff Lake Road, #129-219, Eagan, MN 55122 USA


Electronic album will be sent by email by March 23, 2018. Actual album(s) will be sent to your street address by March 23, 2018. Album pre-release concert tickets will be sent two weeks before the concert.

All Tracks are Improvisations


1. Walking the Distance 4'11"

2. Summer Rain 3'41"

3. Undercurrent 3'23"

4. Up and Down 3'55"

5. Hidden Dance 6'42"

6. Life As Is 5'50"

7. Homesick 4'04"

8. Chasing Butterflies 4'26"

9. Chance Encounter 6'04"

10.Heavy Heart 4'38"

11. Childhood 3'22"

12. Short Film 5'27"

Total: 54'44"

Copyright ©2017 Issam Rafea and Gao Hong

 

The Issam Rafea and Gao Hong Duo Story

The music of Syrian oud master Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong is touching people very deeply in wonderful ways. After they released one of their videos on Facebook, it immediately had over 400 “shares” around the globe. People loved it so much they felt compelled to write “this is when music truly is the language of the world and rises us to the feeling of becoming one”, "you will hear and forget yourself and the war of wars…” and “A single language understood by the whole earth." For many, it has become a ray of hope and a breath of fresh air in a troubled world.

Issam and Gao Hong met in the spring of 2017 at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where Gao Hong teaches and directs the Carleton Global Music Ensemble. Issam was an artist-in-residence during the spring term, and Gao Hong invited him to teach her students Arabic music. At the end of the term, Gao Hong suggested they go into a studio to record some improvisations just for fun. This simple idea resulted in one of their favorite cross-cultural collaborative projects.

To both of their surprise, they immediately bonded as soon as they started to play. Their improvisations were so cohesive that it seemed as if they had worked together for years. They even decided to film the entire recording session so they could document the fact that all the music was improvised. They recorded in one long session that went from early afternoon through late evening. They recorded 28 tracks, without any rehearsing, completing each track in just one take. They picked 12 tracks for their upcoming album.

They both came from lands going through political strife - Issam Rafea living through the recent war in Syria, and Gao Hong growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Now, they continue to pursue their musical visions in the United States. They both are performers and composers and love to improvise, as they have had to navigate their lives. They both use their hearts to play music, and both believe that music needs to come from their souls and deepest feelings. Hence the title: “Life As Is: The Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China”.

International Friendship through the Performing Arts has been supporting many artists around the world since 1992. We truly believe that this remarkable duo can inspire unity in the world and show listeners how music can build bridges between cultures and bring peace to people’s hearts. We are now seeking funding in the amount of $6,000 to help them complete the album and make it available worldwide. We are a small, 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization. 100% of your donation will go directly to the artists to help them pay for the album costs. Their album will be released through the extensive marketing network of innova Recordings, the recording label of the American Composers Forum. An album pre--release concert is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Now, we hope you will join us to help these wonderful artists by making a donation of any size. Your donation will show your great support of Issam Rafea and Gao Hong and assure them that their music is making a difference in peoples’ lives.

Music speaks to the heart, across language, across conflict.

Music unites nations from far and wide!


About the Album

“Life As Is - The Blending of Ancinet Souls from Syria and China"

“Life As Is” is a reflection of both of their lives. It is their life stories, as reflected in the track titles. Both of them “Walking the Distance” to America to follow their dreams. They recorded their music on a rainy summer day, and even though they didn’t talk about what “Summer Rain” should sound like, they shared the exact same feelings. Their lives have not always been easy, and that is expressed in “Undercurrent” and the uncertainty of their lives in “Up and Down”. But even in their darkest hours, they still remained optimistic and hopeful, as if there were a “Hidden Dance” soon to appear in their lives. Sometimes, living so far away, they get “Homesick” and have a “Heavy Heart” as they miss their homelands and families, but they keep working hard and chasing their dreams as in “Chasing Butterflies”. And they are thankful for the music they have made together in their “Chance Encounter”. They share their happy “Childhood” stories in their music. So many wonderful stories, but they realize life is so short, just like a “Short Film”. This is their life, these their stories – “Life As Is”!

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Issam Rafea and Gao Hong Duo Homepage

Gao Hong's Homepage

Issam Rafea's Homepage

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