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About the Musicians

About the Musicians

Here is a little bit about the musicians that will be featured for our benefit concert on September 24, 2017 at the Center for Spiritual Living (5801 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105). The doors open at 5pm and you can get your tickets by clicking here: BUY TICKETS

We hope you will join us! We will have children’s songs and songs of Syria in addition to the performances by the three main artists. Refreshments will be served and all proceeds will go to support SCM refugee programs.

Amal Alissa: Amal started her music journey at the early at age 4 in Syria playing piano and taking lessons where she played many concerts, after high school Amal took the professional route where she joined the High Institute Of Music in Damascus, a very high regarded music school in the Middle East, studied Piano as a student of Prof. Cynthia Alwadi and got her bachelor degree.
Amal was the soloist for the Syrian Symphony Orchestra where she played many concerts with different international conductors, and accompanied Choirs and many International Opera singers.

To continue pursuing her academic dreams, Amal moved to Lyon France to finish her graduate studies in the Conservatoire National De Region de Lyon where she earned her DPS in Piano and Harpsichord with Professor Marie-Annick Chamarande and Marie-Christiane Pinget.

Professor Bassam Bishara: Professor Bassam Bishara, musical Director, Composer, Oud (violin, Qanoun) and a Lead Vocal, was born in Rama-Upper Galilee, to a Palestinian music family. He started his music education at the Robin Conservatory in Haifa, and graduated from the music department of the Hebrew University. Bassam taught Middle Eastern music at the Music Academy in Jerusalem. He eventually went on to teach in private schools and formed a Middle Eastern Orchestra quickly becoming sought after throughout Palestine. In 1983, he was appointed Music Director for Alhakawati Theatre in Jerusalem, where his concerts, music and songs were dedicated to the Palestine cause. He also performed internationally as a soloist, blending tradition and innovation, and forging important musical links between the Middle East and the West, from traditional Arab compositions and arrangements to jazz, documentary films, and orchestral scores.

Bassam has received several awards: the “Award of Honor” for his achievements in linking traditional Arabic music and the music of the West; the “Jerusalem Encouragement Award” for his contribution to the revival of cultural heritage; the “Arabic Radio Broadcast Award” for his contribution in the revival of Folk songs of the land; and the “Arab Women Association Award” (London, England) for his role in reconstructing classical and traditional Arabic repertoires. He has performed in Canada, England, Germany, Palestine, Sweden, and at several universities in the United States. Bassam produced several CDs of traditional music and songs among which a recording of various Arabic instruments that he plays and mix in the recording studio, producing a final recording of “One Man Band”. Bassam moved to Canada in 2001. He teaches Middle Eastern music at York University and is the music director and composer for Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra.

Nader Kabbani: Pianist Nader Kabbani is VP of Amazon’s Global Transportation Solutions. He has been with Amazon for over 11 years and has been deeply involved in Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and in launching the Amazon Kindle and Amazon’s digital music and video services.

Nader holds an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering degrees both from Texas A&M University. In addition to his talent as a classical pianist, he is an avid swimmer and squash player. Nader, his wife Oraib and their four daughters live in Bellevue, Washington, and have been long time supporters of SCM.

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Fundraiser Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser event this last Saturday. And thank you for all the donations, the volunteers did a great job, and everything went well for the most part. We had a big crowd – the room was packed! We had a tasty mansaf, thanks to our chefs and a huge variety of desserts for the dessert dash. We didn’t have to bring back much in the way of auction items, so that means everyone was in a shopping mood – thank you!

We had presentations by two doctors who have volunteered 100’s of hours to SCM, and they talked about their experiences in Greece and Jordan, the Syrians they met, and other volunteers from other aid organizations.

All in all, the event was great success and the money raised will go to fund a community/trauma center for the refugees living in the Tukwila area. It will provide community services for adults and children, and will have mental health professionals on staff to help people with post traumatic stress. It will also offer English lessons, and provide basic information and assistance as the refugees learn their way around their new home and community.

A highlight of the event were remarks given by Washington’s Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib. Below is just an except of his remarks, and you can read the summary provided by his office at this link: Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib Remarks

In his keynote address, the Lt. Governor spoke to the nexus between Salaam Cultural Museum’s work, and Washington state’s role in responding to the current refugee crisis and political climate. The Lt. Governor first acknowledged the damage the Trump administration’s travel ban wrought on Washington state — both for its impact on student travelers, and for its impact on friends and families wishing to visit loved ones to or from any of the seven originally banned majority-Muslim countries.

It is for our state’s widespread repudiation of that policy, the Lt. Governor said, that it is a “proud time to be a Washingtonian.” Across the country, he said, Washington state is seen as an example for its success in securing the first nationwide legal block of the Trump administration’s travel ban, and for demonstrating massive political support for immigrants and refugees at the municipal, county, and state level.

And although Senator Cantwell was unable to attend, she had a representative read a statement she had prepared for the event. You can read it by clicking on the image to enlarge it. Cantwell letter


Thanks to all again for your continued support of SCM’s mission and programs!

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Dinner on the Deck Fundraiser Update

We have a few seats available for our event on August 23rd to raise funds for the Malki-SCM Children’s Center in Amman, Jordan. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the center, and additional funds will be raised from an auction, that will be conducted over 3 formats: online, silent, and live.

Here are just a few of the items you will be able to bid on:

  • Superbowl 2015 PackageSuperbowl
  • Dancing with the Stars tickets
  • Framed photo collage of all 6 James Bond actors – signed by all!
  • Be a fighter pilot for a day
  • South Africa Safaris
  • Gourmet Dinner for 6 cooked in your home
  • Henna Artist for your party
  • Hand crafted jewelry
  • and much more!

Our online auction just got posted so you can start viewing those items and bidding right now! Just follow this link to our online auction site.

All proceeds generated from this event will go to the Malki-SCM Children’s Center.

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Dinner on the Deck Fundraiser for Malki-SCM Children’s Center

View from the office roof-top deck. Join us here August 23rd!

View from the office roof-top deck. Join us here August 23rd!

On August 23rd SCM is hosting a fundraiser for the Malki-SCM Children’s Center in Amman. Through an extremely generous donation last year we received the funds to open and operate the center for a year, but now it is time to start planning operations for the coming year.

Please join us for an evening of music and authentic Syrian food on the roof-top deck of our office, learn more about what the children’s center has accomplished already. We will also have a live auction with some really great items – more to come on those later!

If you are in the Seattle area, please consider joining us for this special evening. Tickets for the event are available online at Eventbrite for Dinner on the Deck. Tell friends and family in the area about the event too!

We have been able to make a difference in the lives of many Syrian children traumatized by the war in their home country. The center provides pediatric mental health care, a place to play and learn, and family support services. Please help us continue to help these children.

Graduation field trip.

Malki-SCM Children’s Center Graduation field trip.

If you are unable to make it to the fundraiser, but want to help, please donate either through the Eventbrite event page – there is an option to just donate and not attend – or click on the Paypal donation button on the left and you can choose the Malki-SCM Children’s Center button, and then once you go to the Paypal page you can choose if you want to make a monthly donation or a one-time donation. Thank you!