Thursday Nights: Latin-Arabian Fusion
On-site at the museum
Mix and mingle with friends old and new, explore the galleries, and enjoy the rhythms of Arab violin and flamenco guitar.
Satisfy your appetite for culture on Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum. Roam the galleries and discover your favorite artwork, mix and mingle with friends old and new while savoring a drink and a bite to eat, shop the boutique, and unwind to the sounds of local musicians. On Jan. 20, kick off your weekend early with Hola Yallah: Duo LatinArabia, featuring Georges Lamman on violin and Gabriel Navia on guitar. They fuse styles and idioms from their respective musical heritages — Arabic and Latin — to create new rhythms and fresh takes on classic pieces from both traditions.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Georges Lammam, born in Beirut, Lebanon, of Palestinian descent, is a solo violinist who exemplifies the Arab style of instrumental improvisation. A recording artist, composer, and artistic director for the Georges Lammam Ensemble, he is a featured artist in other musical groups, including Ancient Future, Wobbly World, Shabazz, and Pena Pacha Mama Group. Lammam’s music has enhanced and supported the work of arts and philanthropic nonprofits that advocate for the rights of Palestinians.
Gabriel Navia was born into a musical family in Bolivia. His career in music began in 1993 at age 11 with his performance on the disc “Encuentros” with Grammy nominee Eddy Navia and Andean performance group Sukay. Fusing flamenco, Cuban, Brazilian, and Bolivian music with jazz, pop, rock, electronica, and contemporary, he has performed on many stages around the world. In 2007, he received a scholarship from Fundacion Carolina to study at the Conservatori Superior de Musica del Liceu in Barcelona with flamenco guitar master Manuel Granados.
Thursday Nights are supported by Wells Fargo.