Free Concert to Feature ECU Students Performing Traditional Kurdish Music

GREENVILLE, N.C. (April 3, 2013) — East Carolina University's Office of International Affairs and the ECU Language Academy will present a free concert, "East Meets West," at 8 p.m. April 20, in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. A reception will immediately follow the performance.

The concert will feature ECU students Ari Almzori and Herish Anwar, two rising musicians from the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northwestern Iraq. Their inspirational performance will include traditional Kurdish music performed on the violin, oudh and piano, as well as voice and some classical piano pieces.

Almzori and Anwar are attending ECULA to improve their English language skills and were able to come to ECU on a scholarship from the American Voices program, through a grant from the American Embassy in Baghdad.

According to American Voices Executive Director Dr. John Ferguson, Almzori and Anwar represent "the new generation of teachers and performers emerging from decades of conflict and isolation."

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your seat, email by April 17. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.