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Congregation Beth Israel

Bangor Maine

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From Baghdad to Bangor: A Musical Journey

October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join George Mordecai, along with star-studded ensemble including Tareq Rantisi, Hankus Netsky and Zafer Tawil, as he takes the audience on a journey of Jewish music from his family’s roots in India and Iraq, through Australia and into North America.


Sunday October 22 2:00 p.m.

Congregation Beth Israel


George Mordecai

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi and Indian Jewish parents, Cantor Mordecai was immersed from an early age in the rich musical and cultural traditions of his family. He received a B.A. in history from the University of New South Wales and his Cantorial and Master’s degrees in sacred music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000.  Outside of the synagogue, Cantor Mordecai has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music at concert halls and synagogues in various cities around the US, as well as in England, Paris and Israel.


Hankus Netsky

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and scholar, Hankus Netsky teaches improvisation and Jewish music. He is the founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble. Netsky has previously taught Jewish music at Hebrew College and Wesleyan University, and has lectured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Zafer Tawil

Jerusalem-born Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician whose areas of expertise include the oud, violin, qanun, and Arab percussion. Zafer performs across the US and in the Middle East and holds workshops in oud technique and Arabic music theory. He was part of the Spirit of Fez U.S. Tour 2006 and has performed with some of the most celebrated world music artists, including violinist and oud master Simon Shaheen and Rai singer Cheb Mami.


Tareq Rantisi

Tareq Rantisi was born in Jerusalem. Self-taught, he started his career playing middle-eastern percussion at the age of twelve and as a young musician had already shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians and associations in the region, including Kudsi Erguner, Manfred Leuchter, Lotfi Bouchnak, Alessio Allegrini, Ilham Al Madfai, Edward Said National Conservatory,The French Cultural Center, Goethe-Institut, The Popular Arts Center and Alkamandjati Association.


This is a free program and has been sponsored by the JCEA


October 22
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm