University of Maryland
College Park, MD
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Clarice’s Dekelboum Concert Hall
UMD School of Public Policy Atrium in Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland campus
Female Perspectives on the Nile
Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History,
The Role of Musicians in Peace and Environmental Movements
Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall at The Clarice
Crowdsourcing Solutions for a Sustainable Nile Basin
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.”
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.