About the Residency

Karim Nagi believes that "the best antidote for the clash of cultures is music."  His solo concert is uplifting, joyous, highly entertaining and interactive: Karim performs on multiple drums, performs stomping and sticking folk dances, and offers several melodic stories. He invokes Arab culture with acrobatic rhythms and percussive movement, connecting ancient and modern worlds through sound and dance.  The performance includes an introduction to instruments such as the duff, tabla and mijwiz and to several traditional dances.

Karim uses the universal language of music to both demystify and humanize Arab culture, leaving his audience with an appreciation of the depth and beauty of its ancient traditions and its current cultural dynamism.

Join us for a community concert Thursday, November 10, at the Medallion Opera House, Gorham, and our partners, the White Mountain School, for a free concert presented as part of their Cultural Events series Friday, November 11. See details -- and purchase tickets -- below.


Karim's artist residency, which includes several school programs, is coordinated by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and supported in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. All are welcome regardless of their ability to pay. All programs will be held at sites that are accessible to those in wheelchairs. If you require additional accommodations, please contact us as soon as possible.


Upcoming Performances & Events

Community Performance

7 p.m., Thursday, November 10
Medallion Opera House
20 Park St., Gorham

Tickets available in advance online or at Gorham Town Hall:
$10/adult, $8/ seniors & AANNH members,$5/ child,  $25/ family
At the door: $12/adult, $10/ seniors & AANNH members, $6/ child, $30/ family

Purchase advance tickets here.

Free Concert presented by White Mountain School Cultural Events Series

Friday, November 10, 7 p.m.
White Mountain School, West Farm Road, Bethlehem


Questions? Call 603-323-7302 or email info@aannh.org

Watch a Sample

About the Artist

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has led the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and many other colleges. Additionally, Karim's  Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.