Simon Shaheen Film Premieres at 2019 Woodstock Film Festival

Simon Shaheen: A Musical Journey, a film by Tarik Benbrahim, will premiere at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Woodstock Playhouse.

Link to the film festival for tickets. 6pm is a pre-screening reception, and the film itself will be shown at 7pm.

From the opening scene, we are swept into a breathtaking aural experience as the orchestra’s score reveals a blustery Pennsylvania blizzard, inviting us into another world. A Musical Journey is an intimate portrait of the Palestinian oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen and his influential career as composer, performer and educator. Born into a musical family and educated at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Shaheen arrived in America in 1981 to a landscape where traditional Arab music was little known. His passion for and commitment to sharing the music’s complexities come to life as he teaches and performs in vibrant musical performances that energize the film. He’s like a Swiss army knife of talent and magnetism. says Roger Brown, president of the prestigious Berklee College of Music where Shaheen is now a professor. Because of Simon Shaheen, America is home to some of the best classical Arabic music being played in the world. That is certainly evident as we watch him here in action.