Welcome back to both you and me!
I'm really behind in my posting. I know that. I've been very busy this past school year.
I'd like to dedicate this post to my daughter's recital. She is the FIRST female and the YOUNGEST to ever have a musical recital through the Oud Hobbyists Association. I have taken the liberty to use a lot of their photos and am using my own as well.
Sit back and enjoy the many photos. I'm trying to figure out how to get a clip on here so you can hear her but am having the hardest time, man.
APRIL 9, 2014
Amal and Asaad, Radhiya and Idris before the concert, relaxing. I doubt Amal was relaxing, she was nervous as heck!
The other half, Semantha, Craig and Adam...
Picture of the crowd gathering...
Fethi, the Director of the Oud Hobbyists Association, introducing Amal. You see her father then me; but before her dad in the doorway you see her!
Another crowd shot. That's me!! I see Riyad next to me and my BIL behind him, in the brown dishdasha is Yusuf, a local artist and big supporter of the music scene and he has seen Amal's very first concert three years ago!
More audience members. Lots of people I do not recognize and lots that I do! In the inner most corner, bottom right is Wael. A very kind man that works at the Royal Opera House! He was very and is very supportive of Amal's musical endeavors!
Adam, Amal, Elisha and Momoko...
Idris, Asaad, Weheb, Amal, Radhiya...
Looks like Amal is introducing a piece (they are called 'pieces' not 'songs').
I just like this picture...
Jammin'....(Bob Marley singing in the back of my head)...
Eek! Her Daddy and Me!
Idris, the percussionist. He is such a nice young man and so incredibly talented.
I took this shot of Amal's favorite teacher Mr Frederickson. Now that she has graduated High School, we 'call' him, TY. His wife, Marcie, also at school is neck stretching to see something. Love this shot!
I like this shot too...
I like how she cues and checks on her musicians. Here we see from the left, Adam on bass, Asaad on guitar, Amal on the oud, Semantha on the flute and Craig on the bass clarinet.
The concert is finished and Amal is thanking everyone...
Amal receiving flowers from her Dad.
After a Recital, the Association gives certificates... Amal receiving hers.
Amal: Played the Oud. She performed three original compositions.
Craig, Bass Clarinetist (?)
All the musicians and Amal with Fethi..
Radhiya and Amal. She has been so lovely to work with.
This was an interview that never saw print. That is, my part of the interview.
Fethi and Amal...
Amal, Idris, Me and Asaad...
Amal with an oud instructor, Samih.
Here are Rayyan, Shubham and Amal, her friends. I missed the other two!
Here is myself, my friend Maria, Amal and Shubham..
ALWAYS remember your Momma