The idea began with poetry, and how to present it in a new way. This project represents a series of different collaborations between Syrian poets and artists. The multifaceted nature of this experience invites all three creative forms to transcend imposed creative boundaries and offer new experiential nuances.
Ta'sheeq was launched in Boston in May 2016. In the debut event, poets Hussam Jefee and Alma Nizam, accompanied by violinist Samer Ali, and works by visual artist Tammam Azzam, were all merged to create a new sensory experience in which poetry can be presented and received. In October 2016 the project performed in New York City with poets Akram Alkatreb, Firas Sulaiman, Hussam Jefee and Alma Nizam; accompanied by art work of Lukman Ahmad and music by Samer Ali and Tareq Rantisi. Our third performance took place at the Asian Arts Initiativbe Center in Philadelphia in collabioration with Twelve Gates Arts. We were invited to perform in many other venues since including the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC and Olean Public Library/James Community College in Western NY state.
About The Project
The word "ta'sheeq" تعشيق means dovetail in Arabic. In this project, poets, musicians and artists are collaborating and merging their passions to recreate and present poetry in a different way.