2013 Annual Arab American Club of Knoxville Gala

Aug 17th 2013, 6 PM

Cherokee Country Club


    About Yasser Darwish: Dancer/Performer

Yasser Darwish was born in Alexandria, Egypt on the coast of the Mediterranean. He learned dance as a child from his uncle who led a semi-professional dance group that performed at weddings and local community events. When he was 18, he studied with the Alexandria Folk Dance Group, the State dance company that offered a training program for promising young dancers. After only one year, he was invited to join the professional performing company with whom he toured internationally.

Yasser was also seen on public television and large scale national celebrations for prominent celebrities including the president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak. Yasser worked with the company for ten years before joining the National Folkloric Dance Company of Egypt. He participated on national tours with this group for almost two years. During this time he also became a master of Tanoura or the Whirling Dervish dance: a style inspired by a meditation associated with the mystical religious order Sufism – originating from present day Syria and Turkey.

A distinct Egyptian variant developed that Yasser performs and from which he derives his name – Darwish. Yasser founded the Egyptian Celebration Company in 2001. Its goal: to present the rich culture of Egypt and the Middle East to people around the world. Collecting talented dancers, musicians and artists, Yasser presents the folkloric dances/music of his heritage infused with modern streaks of inspiration.

The Egyptian Celebration Company can be seen at heritage festivals, schools, universities, television programs, weddings, nursing homes and private parties. Recent appearances include Good Day New York (Fox 5), and The Riverside Theatre (NYC). The Company also provides educational workshops and demonstrations/performances and travels nationally and internationally. Yasser is currently a resident Folk Artist of the Brooklyn Arts Council.

    About Joseph Bashara: Singer

Joseph started his singing career at the young age of 15 in the old city of Nazareth. He formed a band with a group of musicians from the neighborhood singing and performing in weddings and occasions all around Palestine. After gaining some experience and confidence chance had it that Joseph would have the opportunity to come to the United States in July of 2000. Joseph took the adventure and made the move. That’s where the hobby and passion that he had for music and the entertainment business turned into a profession.

In the summer of 2000, Joseph resided in Chicago, IL. He quickly made a name for himself while working with some of the best musicians the Windy City had to offer. Joseph has performed in venues ranging from weddings to concerts all across the Unites States. In 2010, Joseph moved to Detroit, Michigan.

Currently, Joseph is in the recording studio working on an album. The album will feature tarab and dance music mixes along with original song and a video clip. You can connect with Joseph on Facebook and Twitter.