Zikrayat: Arab Music and Dance - Flushing Town Hall
Price: $12; $8 children
137-35 Northern Blvd. - 718-463-7700
Flushing, NY 11354
Description: Led by violinist Sami Abu Shumays, Zikrayat (translates as "memory") specializes in smoky, evocative music from mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Shumays, who studied both Western classical music and Arabic maqam, and the other members of Zikrayat, combine Arabic instruments like the nay (end-blown flute) and buzuq (long-necked flute) with violin and percussion to produce their own take on forgotten Egyptian films.