Interfaith Presentation: Charismatic Voices
From the Jewish shofar to the bells of the Catholic Church, specific sounds are often with associated with religious rituals. Join us for an interfaith dialogue that demonstrates the instrumental and verbal expressions that are the “voice” of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and African American Protestantism. Shodekeh, an internationally renowned beatboxer, will perform during this musical presentation.
In conjunction with Ashe to Amen.
Cantor Emeritus Robert M. Gerber
Cantor Gerber retired from Congregation Beth Israel and was elevated to Emeritus status as of the summer of 2011. Cantor Gerber was Congregation Beth Israel's first full-time cantor. He served Beth Israel from the time of his graduation from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music in 1983, through the summer of 2011. Prior to attending HUC-JIR, Cantor Gerber graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan School of Music. He has performed with opera companies in Israel and Germany and has been a soloist with many prestigious musical ensembles in the United States and abroad including Houston Oratorio Society and the Houston Symphony. Cantor Gerber has been a board member and officer of the American Conference of Cantors, served on various UAHC committees and his communal involvement has included the United Way "Campaign for the Homeless" and the Braes Interfaith Ministries Choir.
Imam Earl S. El-Amin
Imam Earl S. El-Amin is a graduate of Morgan State University and Sojourner Douglass College. For well over 30 years he has served in various capacities of leadership in the Muslim community as well as the community at large. He has conducted numerous workshops, forums and trainings throughout the United States and abroad to educators, theologians, social workers and human service practitioners. Imam El-Amin was a member of several distinguished delegations accompanying Imam Wallace D. Mohamed abroad, representing Muslim America interests; participated in the first historic dialogue between Imams and Rabbis in North America. Imam El-Amin has made numerous guest television and radio appearances on CSPAN “The Bottom Line,” “To the Point,” “Newsnight,” “Interfaith Roundtable,” “Xchange,” “Marc Steiner Show,” and many more. Imam El-Amin has also served as panelist with Dr. William “Bill” Cosby throughout the United States.
Imam Derrick Amin
Imam Derrick Amin is the Muslim Chaplain at Morgan State University. He also serves as Arabic Instructor at the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore and the Clara Muhammad School. Imam Derrick Amin is very active in Interfaith activities and is an accomplished jazz musician.
Zohra Morshed is a Bengali American raised with a diverse upbringing. Zohra was introduced to music, especially Indian classical at the age of two. She enjoys singing Bangladeshi, Hindustani, and Pakistani music. Her Guru, Samia Ahmad, is currently teaching her Indian classical ragas. She is well versed in Hindi and Urdu. Zohra has had several performances in the Washington DC region and hope to continue sharing her love for music with future artists and audiences.
Tamba Giles is an award winning singer, musician who's motto is "Changing lives one song at a time" He is a native of Houston, TX and a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University. Giles currently resides in the Baltimore area and has had the opportunity work with some of the best in the gospel music. In 2001, he penned the song "You are the Great I Am" which has been performed around the country. In 2004 Tamba toured with Grammy winning Jubilation Choir and became a lead vocalist on their "Launch Out" Project (2006) singing the song "What a Mighty God We Serve" which received an Ensound nomination for "Traditional Song of the Year". Tamba is also the former music director for the Stellar award winning "Wilmington Chester Mass Choir" and worked with the choir on the "It's Not Over" project.
Giles has been a music teacher in Pennsylvania and as a lead teacher in Delaware receiving the Superstars in Education Award. In 2006 Giles was given a community service award by the Chester Fine Arts Center east recognizing him as a Highly Dedicated and Outstanding Music Educator. In 2007, Tamba was asked by Grammy award winning musician Bill Jolly to form a choir to celebrate the accomplishments of Teddy Pendergrass. Tamba, along with members of his choir performed before a sold out crowd at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. Tamba Giles is a gifted soloist, praise and worship leader and musician who is dedicated to encouraging and uplifting God's people through the medium of music.
Shodekeh is a professional beatboxer and vocal percussionist in a number of artistic fields for dance, music and the visual arts. Using his voice as his primary instrument, he vocalizes everything from drum sets, turntables, ocean waves, to sleigh bells. He is the founding director of Embody: A Music Series of The Vocal Arts, which strives for artistic and creative synthesis amongst the many vocal traditions of the world from opera, throat singing, to beatboxing.
Museum admission required.