Performer (vocals and oud), composer, and engineer Huda Asfour has worked, studied, and collaborated with artists in Tunisia, Gaza, Ramallah, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. Her most recent release, Mars: Back and Forth, is a progressive experimentation and reinterpretation of familiar arabic styles alongside a compelling push for the interstellar home, self, and futurism. Mars, Asfour writes, “was my search for home and for identity. A trip to a world without borders. Undefined by labels and boundaries. The god of war, that shaped my early years, from the mountains of Lebanon where I was born during the Israeli invasion, to the early years of the second intifada (uprising) in Ramallah.”
Huda is joined by Asha Santee on an array of percussion instruments. Asha plays with six groups in the D.C. area, including The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, CooLots, THC (Thee House Collective), lowercase letters, and Be Steadwell. She also empowers the minds of music lovers through drum lessons. When Asha is not behind the canvas painting or playing instruments, she can be seen (if you catch her) running her clothing line Note 2 Self LLC.
Derek B. Bond, on electric bass, completes the trio. Born in Brooklyn and raised in southern Virginia, Derek started playing bass in high schoo and has played in blues, rock, reggae, jazz, fusion, and East African pop bands. He has shared the stage with Victor Wooton, Carter Beauford, Leroy Moore, Ziggy Marley, Tim Reynolds, Yellow Man, the Wu Tang Clan, Soul Coughing, Jamal Milner, Bio Ritmo, and others. Rounding out his musical experience, Derek played tuba in the University of Notre Dame marching band and drums and keyboards in various rock bands.
The Huda Asfour Trio will be joined by other special guests.
Advance reservations close at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the show, or when the show sells out. Reservations will be held until 20 minutes after the start of the show; after that time seating may be limited and is not guaranteed. We are unable to refund advance reservations. All payments for advance reservations are processed through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay for your reservation.
We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Cafe at Carroll Cafe available before the show and at the intermission. A changing choice of savories enough for a light meal, topped off with fabulous desserts and beverages, will add to the happiness of the concert experience! Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly made by Sandra.