IN SONG

 

 

The next episode of In Song follows soprano Amina Edris back to her native Cairo. There she revisits a childhood infused with Arabic music, the great temples of ancient Egypt, and a boisterous family – notably her beloved uncle Mamdouh Edris. He introduced his niece not only to Oum Kalthoum but also to Rachmaninoff and Maria Callas.

Amina carried this music with her when she was uprooted as a young girl by a move to New Zealand. Far away from family and friends, and caught between Arabic and Western worlds, she would eventually find her sense of belonging and home through song.

Filmed on location at the Dahab Island Palace, In Song features Amina performing Oum Kalthoum’s classic “Ghannili Shway Shway” (“Sing for me, a little”) with her uncle on oud, as well as Bizet’s “Adieux de l’hotesse arabe” (“A Farewell from the Arabian Hostess”) with pianist Amir Awad – a song that blends three aspects of her life: French, Arabic, and Western classical music.

Elena Park

In Conversation WITH
amina edris

Moderated by Elena Park

Hear about the making of this In Song episode during an intimate interview
with Amina Edris, moderated by director and executive producer Elena Park.

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JNAI BRIDGES TOP 5

TOP 5 FROM J'NAI

Spend the day like J'Nai! The mezzo-soprano sent us her top 5 Things To Do in Tacoma, Washington and we couldn't help but share it out! How many places have you visited?

  1. Museum of Glass (Permanent Chihuly Installations)
  2. Ride the WA State Ferry
  3. Eat at Southern Kitchen
  4. Visit Point Defiance Park / Tacoma Waterfront
  5. Visit Chambers Bay Public Golf Course

MADE POSSIBLE BY

In Song is made possible, in part, by the Creative Edge Fund with major support from Carol and Dixon Doll, Peter Fenton and Kate Greer, and Bob Ellis.

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