POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters will hold the final Humanities Café of the year surrounding Arabic jazz and embracing diversity on March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Westside Players located at 1009 S. Second Ave. in Pocatello.
The event will include traditional Arabic compositions performed by an ensemble of classical Arabic musicians with American jazz musicians. Jon Armstrong, ISU director of jazz studies, will give a talk titled, “The Culture of Collaboration within Jazz Music,” and ISU student Yousef Haji will give a talk titled, “The History of Arabic Music.”
Following the talks, there will be a performance by Armstong, playing tenor saxophone, Haji, playing oud, ISU student Abdullah Bokubar, playing doumbek and BYU-I music faculty member Aaron Miller, playing upright bass.
The College of Arts and Letters presents the Humanities Café series every year, surrounded by a particular theme. This year, the Department of History is hosting the series with the theme of diversity. The events bring together artists, musicians, poets, authors, storytellers and dancers from a diverse range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Each Humanities Café is free and open to the public.
Sponsors for the Humanities Café include the ISU Diversity Resource Center, the Department of History and the Idaho Humanities Council.
For more information, contact Katy Kole de Peralta at firstname.lastname@example.org, Erika Kuhlman at email@example.com, or the Department of History at (208) 282-2379.