ALC-ALIF Community Service Club Blood Drive

ALC-ALIF Community Service Club Blood Drive- 6th Edition
Monday, April 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM 
American Language Center
2, Rue Amed Hiba, Ville Nouvelle, Fes.
Blood is vital for accident victims and children or adults battling diseases. By joining us, you will help ensure that hundreds of people will have the blood they need, when they need it.
ينظم نادي الأعمال الإجتماعية حملة التبرع بالدم في نسختها السادسة
الاثنين 15 أبريل من الساعة 9 صباحا إلى الساعة 4 بعد الزوال في المركز اللغوي الأمريكي

Paul Bowles: A Musical Portrait

Paul Bowles: A Musical Portrait
by Irene Herrmann (piano) & Carole Blankenship (voice)
Monday, March 4 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha

Irene Herrmann and Carole Blankenship present a music/spoken word concert of Paul Bowles’ music that includes solo piano, songs, storytelling, and readings from Bowles’ writings.

Irene Herrmann, accompanist at the University of California Santa Cruz, is executor of the Paul Bowles Music Estate. Her musical acquaintance with Bowles began in 1992 with a visit to the composer in Tangier. It quickly grew into a lively friendship of discussing, editing, disseminating, and performing his music. Her CD of Bowles’ music includes chamber music, solo and duo piano works and features several performance premieres. Her recitals often use the lecture/performance format, replete with Bowles anecdotes, personal insights into his music, and readings from his essays and works of fiction. The collaborations include vocalists who perform songs from Bowles’ prolific output in the genre of American art song and highlight his musical friendships with Tennessee Williams, Gertrude Stein, and William Saroyan.

Carole Blankenship, soprano, is Associate Professor of Music and Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts at Rhodes College. She is heard regularly in recitals, chamber music concerts, and oratorio performances. In October 2010, she presented a paper for the International Paul Bowles Conference at the University of Lisbon, Portugal and has presented lecture recitals on his works recently in Brisbane, Australia and in the U.S. With Irene Herrmann she co-edited two sets of songs by Paul Bowles for Classical Vocal Reprints.

This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club and Book Club, is free and open to the general public.

Stan Breckenridge in Concert

Stan Breckenridge in Concert
Monday, February 18 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

Stan Breckenridge is a professional musician, academician, author, and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University In Claremont, California, USA. He has performed and given lecture-performances in England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuaina, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. United States performances include The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Greek Theater, The Los Angeles Forum, The Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Hollywood Bowl, The Watts Summer Festival, Capitol Records, and on various national TV programs. Stan Breckenridge has appeared with and/or performed for personalities such as Madeleine Albright, Bill Cosby, Mahalia Jackson, Jerry Lewis, Martha Reeves (of the Vandellas), Larry McCormick, Rowan and Martin, David Ruffin (of the Temptations), Nancy Sinatra, John Travolta, John Wayne.
Some recent performances include four appearances on Jaka to Melodia, one of Poland’s popular music programs on national TV; and a feature performance, for the Polish-American Military Picnic titled “Always close by, Safe together”, organized on the occasion of the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Stan Breckenridge has nine albums: Inspirations (2014), Out of Love for Jazz (2012,) Reflections (2009), A Soulful Christmas (2008), This Is My Song (2007), Live in Poland (2005), Solo (2003), Meditations (2001), and Expositions (1999). He also recorded an album in 2017 titled Black and Tan Fantasy with Poland’s longest-running traditional jazz group – Jazz Band Ball Orchestra (JBBO).
Academically, Dr. Breckenridge was selected as a United States Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar to Poland for the 2012–2013 and 2013-2014, where he taught at the University of Marie Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, and Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar to Poland in 2005. Currently, in addition to performance, he is an “Artist in Residence” Visiting Professor in the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He has authored three textbooks: Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents (3rd edition, 2018); Popular Music in America: Forging the American Spirit (3rd edition, 2015); and African American Music for Everyone: Including Theater, Film and Dance (3rd edition, 2014).


4th International Artists Gathering of Fez
“Arts and Social Responsibility in the Arab World”
17-20 January 2019

Fez Gathering is a dynamic Fez-based network of artists from Morocco and other African countries. It offers an international platform to artists to discuss, explore and combine the potentials of art in a modern world.
On its fourth edition in January 2019, the Fez Gathering will explore the role and challenges of the arts with social responsibility in Morocco and in the Arab world.

You are all welcome.

ART Exhibition “The Dancing Brush”

ART Exhibition “The Dancing Brush”
Recent works by Sal Sidner
Opening: Sunday, June 24, 6:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha
Continues daily 4-6 PM through June 30

Sal Sidner is an artist who paints what she sees en plein air when she travels. In the studio her mixed media paintings and installations reflect her love for music, textiles and collage, and address human culture, feminist issues and ecological concerns. Born in England, she attended Loughborough and West of England Colleges of art, before moving to India, and eventually the USA. Her Master’s studies were at New York University, Ca’ Foscari in Venice Italy, and Academia de Bellas Artes, Florence. She holds Educational Specialist and Master’s degrees from the University of Florida, and currently teaches art. She has been awarded artist’s residencies in Europe, India and the USA, and exhibits at international fairs.