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Ali Paris in Concert

February 4, 2016 @ 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Ali Paris is a Palestinian vocalist from Ramallah who accompanies himself on the Arabic 72-string lap harp, the qanun. His compositions fuse Arabic, Latin, and jazz music.

Ali was honored with three advanced Marcel Khalife Competition Awards, including the National Heritage Award as Music Performer of the Year, 2004–2007. Since then, he has toured worldwide with different acts, including his own group, Ali Amr Experiment.  Ali began playing the qanun and singing at the age of five at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and was discovered at the age of 13 by Arabic music virtuoso Simon Shaheen.

Ali graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music, then toured for two months, starting at the United Nations in New York, ending with an audience of 85,000 at San Antonio’s Alamo Dome.  27-time Grammy-winner Quincy Jones invited Ali to perform with the Global All-Stars at Festival de Peralada in Spain. Ali has performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, the Hollywood Bowl, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Koerner Hall in Toronto, Monterey Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, and Middle East Music Festival.

In addition to his own group, Ali Amr Experiment, he has performed with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia and American vocalist Bobby McFerrin. He also performed with American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and Israeli musician Idan Raichel at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, NY.

For Tickets: See below, or contact Joan Coslow at joancoslow@gmail.com, 260.424.2430.

Ticket Options

$250 Benefactor Donation: Includes 4 tickets plus an invite to the Wednesday evening reception with Ali

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Before the concert, Arabic appetizers and sweets will be provided by our good friend, Ms. Suha Abbasi, a licensed Fort Wayne caterer specializing in Arabic food. The concert benefits ICMEP’s mission partners in Palestine and Israel:

  • Mar Elias Educational Institutions, Ibillin, Galilee, Israel
  • Arrowwad Culture and Theater Center, Bethlehem
  • Multipurpose Community Resource Center, Nablus
  • Tent of Nations farm, Bethlehem district
  • Wi’am Conflict Resolution and Transformation Center, Bethlehem

ICMEP is able to offer this concert to the community because of a generous grant from the Judy Kuelling Memorial Fund.



February 4, 2016
5:15 pm - 9:00 pm


5501 US Highway 30 W
Ft. Wayne,
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