​Austrian Golnar and Mahan Trio presents concerts in Cairo and Alexandria as part of the CJF

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 24 Oct 2023

Golnar and Mahan Trio
Golnar and Mahan Trio

 

The 15th annual Cairo International Jazz Festival 

(26 October- 3 November)  

 

 

Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Ewart Memorial Hall

Thurs 26, 8pm: Alexandra Ivanova ft. Lynn Adib (voc),
(9:30pm) Yumi Ito Quartet (Switzerland). 

Fri 27, 6pm: Hafez and Boustan (Egypt). (8:30pm) Golnar and Mahan Trio (Austria) with their masterful and fresh approach to the art of musical storytelling, fuses elements of contemporary jazz, Middle Eastern and West African folk, polyrhythmic grooves, Afro-Cuban and European chamber and experimental music to create an original sound. Golnar Shahyar (Vocal, Piano, Synthesizer), Mahan Mirarab (Electric Guitar, Electric Fretless-Guitar, Electronics), with Amir Wahba (Percussion). 

Sat 28, 6pm: Shady Al Qasseer group (Egypt). (8:15pm) Pedro Neves Trio (Portugal). 

Sun 29, 8pm: Jef Neve and Teus Noble (Belgium), (9:30pm) Balqeis (Egypt). 

Mon 30, 8pm: Tarek Raouf Ensemble (Egypt), (9:30pm)
Andrew Milad Quartet (Egypt). 

Tues 31, 8pm: Michelle Rounds (Australia/Egypt), (9:30pm)
Kari Ikonen special Cairo Trio (Finland/Egypt) with Ali Eissa and Ayman Mabrouk

Wed 1 Nov, 8pm: Raquel Kurpershoek Trio (Spain), (9:30pm)
Atzko Kohashi & Tony Overwater (Japan/NL). 

Thurs 2 Nov, 8pm: Dainius Pulauskas Trio (Lithuania), (9:30pm) 
Astrid Engberg (Denmark). 

Fountain Stage 

Fri 27, 2pm: Jazzinino – Schools showcase (BISC, EBIS)
(5pm) Butter Notes (Egypt).  

Garden Stage
Fri 27, 7:15pm: OZMA (France). (9:45pm) Nasser El-Mezdawi (Libya). 

Sat 28, 7:15pm: Lesto Drom (France). (8:15pm) El Dor El Awal (Egypt). 

 

 

ALEXANDRIA 

 

Anna Lindh Foundation
Gerber house, 57, 26th July, Road, Corniche, Alexandria

Sun 29, 7pm (Free entry): Golnar and Mahan Trio (Austria) fuses elements of contemporary jazz, Middle Eastern and West African folk, polyrhythmic grooves, Afro-Cuban and European chamber and experimental music to create an original sound. 

 

 

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Conference Centre Main Hall

Mon 30, 7pm: Golnar and Mahan Trio (Austria). 

Conference Centre Small Hall

Sun 29, 7pm: OZMA (France). 

Tues 31, 7pm: Dainius Pulauskas Trio (Lithuania). 

 

 

 



Austrian Cultural Forum
1103 Cornishe El-Nile, Garden City - 1st floor, apt 7 (next to Shepheard Hotel)
Mon 30, 8pm: Golnar and Mahan Trio (Austria) with their masterful and fresh approach to the art of musical storytelling, the Golnar and Mahan Trio fuses elements of contemporary jazz, Middle Eastern and West African folk, polyrhythmic grooves, Afro-Cuban and European chamber and experimental music to create an original sound. Golnar Shahyar (Vocal, Piano, Synthesizer), Mahan Mirarab (Electric Guitar, Electric Fretless-Guitar, Electronics), with Amir Wahba (Percussion).

 

 

Arkan Plaza

El-Sheikh Zayed, 6 October, Giza 

Thurs 26, 8pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity performed by oud player Saad Eloud and his band. 

Fri 27, 8.30pm: Tablet El Sitt Egyptian all-female musical band is 

specializing in performing folk and Egyptian songs. They are renowned for their remarkable ability to preserve the authenticity of popular melodies.

 

 

Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 8pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 8pm: “Alaragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.

 

 

Cairo Opera House

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144

Main Hall

Thurs 2 Nov, 8.30pm: The National Arab Music ensemble.  

Small Hall

Thurs 2 Nov, 8.30pm: A concert features oud duet Dina Abdel-Hamid and Ghassan Alyoussef. 

 

 

Al-Ghouri Caravansary 
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat and Wed, 7.30pm)

 

 

Makan

1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878 

Every Tuesday, 8pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.

Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.

 

 

Rawabet Art Space

5 Hussien El-Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Bassiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Thurs 2 Nov, 7pm and Fri 3 Nov, 9pm: As part of its Arab Arts Focus programme (AAF), D-CAF presents The Waterproofed Artist interactive dance performance from Morocco (Language: English with Arabic subtitles). In The Waterproofed Artist, Youness Atbane casts a skeptical eye on the power dynamics that permeate the global art scene.

 

 

Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159

Thurs 26, 8pm: An amazing, fun night full of your favorite ABBA songs.

Fri 27, 8pm: Open Mic Night! If you play music, write poetry, or a stand-up comedian sign up when you arrive for 7 minutes on Room stage. Or just relax and enjoy back to back performances over a drink or coffee.

Sat 28, 8pm: Egyptian artist Mosaad Ozil tries to spread the Arabic folklore songs and the Arabic culture by new musical arrangements in addition to his original songs. 

Tues 31, 8pm: Karaoke night.

Thurs 2 Nov, 8pm: Badiaa Casino is back, Badia Bohemian Project Casino will take you on a journey through time and space. You will live and hear the best folklore atmosphere from the beautiful time of the mesmerizing classical music, and we will spend two hours with the best authentic folk tune. The lineup: Michael Emad (oud), 

Mo'men (nay), Kenish, Wessam, Mosaad, Abu Hadima

(percussion), and Mariam Salem and Rehab Khattab (singing). 

The Spot Mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo

Thurs 26 and Thurs 2 Nov, 9pm: Karaoke night.

Tues 31, 9pm: Kayan band is an Egyptian band consists of six members: Azmy Magdy (violin and the founder), Shady Alagar (tabla and percussion), Nasef Nazmy (Qanoun), Emad Sedhom (Bass guitar), Hadeer Elgamal (Drums), Ghadeer Elgamal (keyboard). It presents a kind of alternative oriental Egyptian music as well as English music, mixing the golden Arabic pop era and 90’s music with the oriental touch. Kayan means a body or material world, a name intended to reflect the world of music on their own way. 

Wed 1 Nov, 8pm: Karaoke night.

 

   

El Sawy Culturewheel

End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448 

River Hall

Thurs 2, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Abu Shaar Brothers troupe.  

Wisdom Hall  

Thurs 2, 6.30pm and 8.30pm: El Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of late diva Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs Al Atlal (the ruins) and Asa’al Rouhak (ask yourself). 

 

ALEXANDRIA 

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Conference Centre Main Hall

Sat 28, 7pm: October Season’s inaugural concert will present F. Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise Symphony to be performed by 

BA Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui, together with BA Youth Orchestra, and BA Choir: Mona Rafla (Soprano). Dina Iskander (Soprano), Georges Wanis (Tenor). 

Sat 28, 7pm: A concert of strings by BA Orchestra, conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha and featuring pianist Vincenzo Cipriani (Italy). 


* A version of this article appears in print in the 26 October, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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