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The Nile Project comes to Folsom

By: Staff Report
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KNOW AND GO

What: The Nile Project

When:  7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12

Where: Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Ticket Price: $19-$29, premium $39, students with ID $12

Info: (916) 608-6888, HarrisCenter.net

Artists from the 11 Nile countries will come to Folsom tomorrow for one night of music meant to inspire cultural curiosity, highlight regional connections and showcase the potential of trans-boundary cooperation.

The Nile Project brings these artists together to make music that combines the region’s diverse instruments, languages and traditions, said Brian Kameoka spokesman for Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom.

The Nile Project will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at Harris Center in Folsom.

Forged over weeks of carefully calibrated workshops and participatory composition, the Nile Project Collective members come from all along the Nile River, from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt. Featuring musicians from countries along the Nile, all of whom rely on the common shared resource of the river and its water, but historically who have developed independently from one another.

Together for the first time they are now creating a new sound and pan-Nile way of working together. The parallels between the Nile and California with its system of shared water rights, especially in this time of drought, promises to make this a stimulating event that will generate new understandings and dialogue.

Originating in two sources – Lake Victoria in East Africa and Lake Tana in the Ethiopian highlands – the 6,670-kilometer Nile River flows northward through a diversity of climates, landscapes and cultures before passing through Egypt and emptying into the Mediterranean Sea.

Its 437 million inhabitants are projected to more than double within the next 40 years, placing an ever increasing demand for Nile water.

According to The Nile Project officials, the Nile River Basin is wrought with political, environmental, economic and social challenges requiring a new approach to better address the myriad challenges it faces. As regional tensions flare, the Nile Project offers a unique grassroots strategy to effectively mobilize thousands of people across the Nile Basin and beyond in constructive cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration.

Members of the Nile Project Collective have learned each other’s traditions well enough to create substantive music together, work that goes far deeper than mere meet-and-greet jam sessions.

“In the end, it is all about learning to listen,” said Egyptian singer and Nile Project musician Dina El Wedidi. “I think that is what we all take away from this, whether it is the participants or the audience. Listening is the basis for understanding.”

For more information, visit HarrisCenter.net.