“The Nile Project”

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Founded on the belief that music can change perceptions and inspire action, The Nile Project brings together 27 musicians from the 11 countries along the Nile to encourage dialogue about sustainability in the Nile basin.


April 26, 2015, 7pm
Concert at
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
 The Clarice’s Dekelboum Concert Hall
April 27, 2015, noon
UMD School of Public Policy Atrium in Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland campus
A lunch discussion on (Free, RSVP requested)
Female Perspectives on the Nile
April 27, 2015, 6:45pm
Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History,
Washington, D.C. 
A creative dialogue on (Free, registration recommended)
The Role of Musicians in Peace and Environmental Movements
April 28, 2015, 7-9pm
Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall at The Clarice
Co-sponsored by the UMD Beyond the Classroom Living-Learning Program

About The Nile Project

The Nile Project was founded by Egyptian ethnomusicologist and music producer Mina Girgis and Ethopian-American singer Meklit Hadero in 2011.  The collective holds periodic two-week residencies, where musicians from a variety of Nile basin countries gather to teach each other their musical styles.  The musicians collaborate to compose songs that speak to their relationship with the Nile and with each other, combining a variety of languages, tonal systems and rhythmic systems.  A powerful pan-Nile percussion section drives this orchestra of Ethiopian masenko and saxophone, Egyptian ney, oud, violin, simsimiya and tanbura, and Ugandan adungu, bass guitar and six vocalists singing in 11 different languages.

Founder Mina Girgis says the combination of instruments is a “really important paradigm for the water conversation we need to have.  It’s a conversation that is not defined by one person’s priorities…but is an opportunity for every member to voice their concerns.”

More information can be found on the website. Tickets for this performance are $25/$20/$10 (Regular/NextLEVEL/Students), and can be purchased online or by calling (301) 405-ARTS (2787).

Located on the University of Maryland campus and a part of the College of Arts and Humanities, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is a premier presenting arts venue and collaborative laboratory shared by the School of Music (SOM), the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. The Center made its debut in 2001 and has grown into a national model for campus performing arts centers, presenting performances and programs by visiting artists as well as by students and faculty of SOM and TDPS in an environment of creative learning, exploration and growth. The Center remains active in the larger university community through its innovative partnerships and extraordinary experiences.



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