Cross Culture Outreach

Educational Outreach Projects

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Foundation performs a number of outreach programs in schools, senior centers and other locations which allow audiences -- who cannot otherwise afford live performances -- to get a dose of our klezmer music!

The Salaam-Shalom Music Project comprises members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and their friends in the Chicago Arabic musical community. Drawing on the traditional music of the Middle East as well as the dances of the Klezmorim (Eastern European Jewish musicians), the ensemble affirms the possibilities for mutual learning, enrichment and good will between Jews, Muslims and Christians. The musicians come from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Belarus as well as the US.

Founded in 2011, this acoustic ensemble draws upon centuries-old folk songs and dances. The members study each others' traditions and create new folk fusion music. The ney (Arabic flute), oud (Arabic lute), dumbek (hand percussion) as well as violin, clarinet, and modified Arabic accordion preside, creating a timeless experience as Muslim, Jewish and Christian voices entwine together in song.

"Thanks so much for bringing the Chicago Salaam/Shalom Music Project to our campus! Such glorious music, indeed played 'with heart and soul!' As I said to you on Sunday, you brought us great joy. Blessings on you all and your wonderful ministry of music."
-Dr. Mark N. Swanson. Harold S. Vogelaar
Professor of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations, Associate Director, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Salaam Shalom on YouTube Longa Yorga


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