The AUIS Music Club Spring 2018 Concert took place April 5, 2018 as part of the annual Art Week festivities at the University. The talented group of student musicians and singers treated a packed conference hall audience to traditional and contemporary songs in English, Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian, reflecting diverse musical influences. Music Club staff advisor Soran Naqishbandy said he was proud of the students who, despite busy academic schedules, managed to pull off an impressive and professional performance. “They really surprised me!” he said. “I’m so proud of this group. They are very talented, but they have also worked so hard to reach this level. Everyone really enjoyed the concert.”
Prior to his trip to Sulaimani, Joseph had successfully raised funds in the United States to buy musical instruments and supplies for refugee camps, and to cover the costs of his travel and weeklong activities. The donations included 14 guitars and accessories, a few Kurdish instruments (Saz), as well as games and sports equipment for the children not interested in music. “My main purpose was to bring instruments, specifically guitars, to the Arbat refugee camp, and then teach the kids how to play guitar,” said Joseph in an interview with Kurdish TV channel NRT. During his time here, Joseph visited the Arbat refugee camp several times to give music and guitar classes, and held two fundraising concerts at AUIS and Chalak’sPlace, a local restaurant. The concert at AUIS was also attended by Joseph’s music students at the Arbat refugee camp. The concerts raised $1,000 collectively, which was also donated to the camp. Joseph’s team also donated several musical instruments to the music department at the University of Sulaimani, and is hoping to keep contributing to the institution. The trip was organized mainly with the support of Professor Jeffrey Koncsol, AUIS faculty member and Joseph’s friend; Oliver Keels at the Student Services Office, and the Communications office. Kashkul, a project housed at AUIS, filmed the entire trip for a short documentary. About the Artist Jerry Joseph has been writing, recording and playing music for well over three decades, and has released over 25 records as a solo artist and frontman for bands such as The Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome, Little Women and The Denmark Vesseys. In 2014, Jerry traveled to Afghanistan to work as a teacher at Rock School Kabul and bring needed music equipment to the school. He performs more than 150 shows a year across the globe, including recent tours in Lebanon, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as Europe and the United States. AUIS Oriental Music Club and Jerry Joseph hold concert at AUIS:
The AUIS Oriental Music Club are hosting a fundraising concert for people in the refugee camps in and around Sulaimani. The concert is part of the APP students' Service Learning Program project, AUIS Helping Refugees (AHR), where students are arranging different activities over the next couple of months for various causes including help for refugees and environment protection. Follow the project on social media to find out more about their activites and the cause: AHR facebook AHR blog AHR crowdrise Environment Keepers facebook
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