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PeaceSong Event to Promote Peace and Justice

International Group of Musicians Scheduled to Perform Oct. 11 at Siena Heights University

 

Siena Heights University is bringing together an eclectic group of international musicians to campus for a PeaceSong event Oct. 11.

 

Sponsored by SHU’s Campus Ministry, Student Activities, Students United for Peace in Action and the Student Programming Association, PeaceSong will feature musicians who will perform songs from various cultures, including Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Africa and Australia, promoting peace and justice. The main concert is scheduled at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in Francoeur Theatre.

 

The musicians scheduled to perform are Guc Gulle, Evan Gutierrez, Ignacio Long and Walid Zairi. The following is a brief rundown of each musician:

 

Guc Gulle

Gulle was born in Turkey in 1977. He began to study music while a student at Bogazici University from which he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 2001. In 2003, he received a master of arts degree from the Turkish Music Conservatory at Istanbul Technical Conservatory. Currently he is studying jazz composition at Berklee College of Music. He is known as a fretted and fretless flamenco guitar player, a composer and a performer of Turkish music.

 

Evan Gutierrez

Coming from a musical family in Adrian, Gutierrez began performing with his father at the age of 13, and touring nationally by the age of 15. From an early time, he fused Jazz and R&B drum set styles with Latin American instruments and rhythms. He graduated with a performance degree from Berklee College of Music in 2004.

 

Ignacio Long

Long was born and raised in Patagonia, Argentina. He started playing bass guitar at age 15, studying in Buenos Aires, and has a diploma in sound engineering. He has also studied in New York City at the bass collective, and will graduate this spring with a degree in composition and film scoring at the Berklee College of Music.

 

Walid Zairi

Zairi was born and raised in Tunisia. He started playing the oud at age 9, studying first at the Conservatory el Menzah VI in Tunisia and later under the grand master Si Ali Sriti (teacher of Anouar Brahem). He currently resides in Boston, where he attends Berklee College of Music as an electric bass performance major.

 

Admission is $5 per person at the door, with Siena Heights University students admitted free. The event is also under the patronage of the Roads to You and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

 

For more information, contact April Gutierrez at 517-264-7197 or email her at agutierr@sienahts.edu.

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