Experience the richness of live Middle Eastern music through all the senses.
Share in this rare opportunity to experience the enchanting sounds of Ali Paris and Faisal Zedan. Both musicians are masters of their instruments and have performed in concerts worldwide. Come witness their first time ever performance together in Portland!
Rapture is a show that is unlike any you have experienced before. We will captivate and permeate your mind and soul through all your senses. Every detail of this experience has been crafted to draw you closer to the extraordinary depths of this transcendental musical genre. There will be music, dance, food, and much more to create an experience you’ll never forget, make sure to reserve your seat today to see what other surprises we have in store for you.
“One of the most eclectic and diverse artists” ~ Alicia Keys
“Unrivaled unique artist” ~ Quincy Jones
Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and emotional expression. He accompanies his singing with his instrument, the Qanun, a rare Middle-Eastern 76-string zither that dates back to the 14th century. Ali’s music education began at the age of 5 in his native countries of Morocco and Palestine studying Arabic traditional music with master Simon Shaheen. He quickly became known as a child prodigy, performing great concert halls by age 9 and touring internationally by the age of 11.
Faisal Zedan-Born in Beirut, Lebanon. Faisal Zedan grew up impassioned with the Derbakki. At the age of 15, after intensive study with a local drummer, Faisal embarked on a journey of learning through exposure to a wide repertoire of Arabic classical and contemporary music.Years of tireless practice and research, along with the love of drumming, has resulted in the mastery of the Derbakki, as well as the Riqq and tar (frame drum). Upon arrival in California, Faisal met UCLA’s noted professor of Ethnomusicology, Dr. Ali Jihad Racy, and was then invited to join the acclaimed UCLA Near East Music Ensemble. Faisal was a founding member of the Near East music group, Kan Zaman.
His mastery and method of teaching the Derbakki, Riqq, and Arabic style frame drums is geared toward a better understanding of the old methods of playing Arabic drums.
Special Performances by:
The Expression Project Dancers: Aksana Danilava, Ashley Howard, Claudia Shimmies, Elena Villa, Emika Uchiyama, Jen Kent, Joanna Casseli, Margaret Gustafson, Morgan Fay, Sabrina Toro, Shea Alexa, Souzana Van Horn, Tori Reul
Tickets to all shows sold in advance. Walk-ups day of show may be available. Call (503) 517-8584 for tickets after 4 pm on day of show.
Dinner & Show $50 + $5 processing fee per ticket
For parties of eight or more, please call (503) 517-8584 to make your reservation. There is a 5% discount for parties of 8 or more. There is a 10% discount for parties of 16 or more. Subject to availability.
Clicking “Purchase Tickets” directs you to the Arts People website, where you’ll select seats, choose entrees, and pay by credit card.
Entree choices for this performance
You will be asked to make your selection upon purchase.
A) Tender, marinated chicken kabobs with citrus drizzle
B) Lemon and coriander falafel (vegan)
All entrees served with basmati rice with dried fruit and almonds, roasted cauliflower, mezze platter, grilled flat bread with olive oil, fattoush salad, baklava, and an Arak shot.
Arrival Timelines & Service Fees for Rapture
Dinner & Show Packages
Seating begins no earlier than 5:30 PM
Dinner Service begins approx. 6:00 PM
Please call if delayed after 6:00 PM
Show begins at 7:30 PM
There will be a $4 service charge per guest added to your bar tab at the show — this is a baseline gratuity for your dinner service. Please tip appropriately for beverage service.
$15 per 750 mL
$30 per Magnum (1,500 mL)