The Nile Project

The Nile Project brings together artists from countries along the Nile River to examine environmental, political and cultural differences through the power and beauty of music, and inspires, educates and empowers Nile citizens to work together to boost the sustainability of their ecosystem. It was founded to address the Nile basin’s cultural and environmental challenges.

The Nile Project is slated to perform and be in residence at the ASC Jan. 20-23, 2015. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall.

The ASC seeks to encourage cross-cultural musical collaborations and inspire curiosity, generate empathy, and promote dialogue. The ASC will present salon discussions, education and outreach events, and workshops throughout winter 2014/2015 to explore the issues raised by The Nile Project, including sustainability, agriculture, watershed issues, geo-political dynamics, health policies, and global development.

The group uses an innovative approach that combines music, education and an enterprise platform, to bring together musicians from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The Nile Project intertwines these traditions into a unified sound.

The project’s unique sound comes from intensive musical residencies, which gather the musicians together for weeks to learn from one another and then translate that experience into collectively composed, new musical works. A powerful pan-Nile percussion section drives this orchestra of Ethiopian masenko and saxophone, Egyptian ney, oud, violin, simsimiyya, and tanbura, and Ugandan adungu, bass guitar, and six vocalists singing in 11 different languages. 

The Nile Project’s recording “Aswan” was named one of NPR’s “Five Must-Hear International Albums” in fall 2013.

 

 

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Duquette Johnston with Armand Margjeka
Friday 9/12
Duquette Johnston with Armand Margjeka 09/12/2014
$29.50
SHOW 7:30pm
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Symphonie Fantastique
Friday 9/12
Symphonie Fantastique 09/12/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Symphonie Fantastique
Fri & Sat, Sept 12 & 13, 2014 : 8 pm
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
DUKAS: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
MACMILLAN: Confession of Isobel Gowdie
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique
“Fantastic” says it all. This “episode in the life of an artist” follows our lovesick hero through obsession and despair. It must be experienced to be believed.

Symphonie Fantastique
Saturday 9/13
Symphonie Fantastique 09/13/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Symphonie Fantastique
Fri & Sat, Sept 12 & 13, 2014 : 8 pm
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
DUKAS: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
MACMILLAN: Confession of Isobel Gowdie
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique
“Fantastic” says it all. This “episode in the life of an artist” follows our lovesick hero through obsession and despair. It must be experienced to be believed.

Coffee Concert: Rachmaninoff Piano concerto No. 2
Friday 9/19
Coffee Concert: Rachmaninoff Piano concerto No. 2 09/19/2014
$19.00, 27.00, 33.00
SHOW 11:00am
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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Fri, Sept 19, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
ZIVKOVIC: Serenade for Strings
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
Friday 9/19
Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff 09/19/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
Fri & Sat, Sept 19 & 20, 2014 : 8 pm
Rune Bergmann, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
ZIVKOVIC: Psalm XIII (World Premiere)
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Two great Russians, two incurable Romantics, two supreme masters of the orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s thrilling Second Piano Concerto is paired with one of Tchaikovsky’s most awe-inspiring symphonies.

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
Saturday 9/20
Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff 09/20/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff
Fri & Sat, Sept 19 & 20, 2014 : 8 pm
Rune Bergmann, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
ZIVKOVIC: Psalm XIII (World Premiere)
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Two great Russians, two incurable Romantics, two supreme masters of the orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s thrilling Second Piano Concerto is paired with one of Tchaikovsky’s most awe-inspiring symphonies.

Experience Hendrix Tour
Thursday 9/25
Experience Hendrix Tour 09/25/2014
$91.50, 110.50, 125.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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Kirk Whalum Jazz Essentials: Swing
Friday 9/26
Kirk Whalum Jazz Essentials: Swing 09/26/2014
$39.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Thursday 10/02
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 10/02/2014
$36.50, 46.50, 55.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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Cirque de la Symphonie
Sunday 10/05
Cirque de la Symphonie 10/05/2014
$10.00, 25.00, 35.00, 45.00, 60.00
SHOW 3:00pm
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Cirque de la Symphonie
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 : 3 pm
Wright Center
An exciting new production designed to bring the magic of cirque to musical halls. An elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances witnessed anywhere, showcasing many of the best artists in the world, with the skilled musicians of the ASO.

Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Friday 10/10
Dvorak Symphony No. 8 10/10/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Fri & Sat, Oct 10 & 11, 2014 : 8 pm
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Elissa Koljonen, violin
MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture
WALTON: Violin Concerto
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8
The irresistible Eighth is rich in folk tunes and dance rhythms – inspired by music of Dvořák’s Bohemian countrymen and of the earth beneath their feet.

Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Saturday 10/11
Dvorak Symphony No. 8 10/11/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Fri & Sat, Oct 10 & 11, 2014 : 8 pm
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Elissa Koljonen, violin
MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture
WALTON: Violin Concerto
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8
The irresistible Eighth is rich in folk tunes and dance rhythms – inspired by music of Dvořák’s Bohemian countrymen and of the earth beneath their feet.

Russian Passion: An Evening of Tchaikovsky
Tuesday 10/14
Russian Passion: An Evening of Tchaikovsky 10/14/2014
$12.00, 24.50, 27.20, 32.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Russian Passion: An Evening of Tchaikovsky
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 : 7:30 pm
Samford University Brock Hall
Melodie for violin and piano
Nocturne for cello and piano
Piano Trio in A minor
Sponsored by Joe & Lavonne Sanders

Wednesday 10/15
Clybourne Park 10/15/2014
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Mary Mary
Thursday 10/16
Mary Mary 10/16/2014
$49.50, 59.50, 68.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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Thursday 10/16
Clybourne Park 10/16/2014
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Friday 10/17
Clybourne Park 10/17/2014
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Act Of Congress
Friday 10/17
Act Of Congress 10/17/2014
$25.00, 35.00, 45.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Act of Congress
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 : 8 pm
Alabama Theatre
With a timeless blend of tight harmonies, vintage instrumentation, and deep musical roots, Act of Congress, consistently voted one of the “must see live acts of Alabama,” returns to play with the ASO.

Saturday 10/18
Clybourne Park 10/18/2014
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Sunday 10/19
Clybourne Park 10/19/2014
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Thursday 10/23
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge 10/23/2014
$11.00, 20.00, 28.40, 30.18, 37.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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Coffee Concert: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
Friday 10/31
Coffee Concert: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" 10/31/2014
$19.00, 27.00, 33.00
SHOW 11:00am
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Brown Conducts Beethoven Eroica
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Justin Brown, conductor
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica