Center Stage Series: The Nile Project

Luther hosts the Nile Project March 4
The Nile Project, a cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 Nile countries together for a musical celebration of Nile identity, will perform at Luther at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Main Hall of Luther College's Center for Faith and Life as part of the college's Center Stage Series.

Tickets for the Center Stage Series performance of The Nile Project on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

In addition to the Saturday performance, Nile Project's Mina Girgis, producer and CEO, will deliver a lecture demonstration with musicians of the Nile Project at 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The lecture/musical demonstration is open to the public with no charge for admission.  

The Nile Project, designed to educate and promote cross-cultural communication through music, performed their debut concert in 2013. The idea for the project began when Egyptian-American ethnomusicologist Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero were discussing the music of their respective countries. The idea for a project designed to connect people across the river through music was conceived as they lamented the cultural barriers experienced in East Africa.

Part environmental awareness initiative, part musical collaboration, the 35-member collective comes together from 11 different East African countries to create a unified sound while maintaining each country's unique culture and musical tradition.

The group uses different indigenous instruments, polyrhythms and languages to create performances that celebrate the sound of the Nile. National Public Radio described their 2013 release, ASWAN, as one of five "Must Hear International Albums" while the New York Times described the group as "a committed, euphoric international coalition."

The Friday afternoon demonstration lecture, led by Girgis and Nile Project musicians, will begin with a discussion of how the group's creative process relates to the efforts of diplomats and water professionals in finding solutions to hydropolitical issues in the Nile region.

In the second half of the lecture, Nile Project musicians will demonstrate the composition process used in the group. The musicians will focus on how the combination of traditional musical devices of several Nile cultures preserves the integrity of each culture while creating a brand new work of art through their composition process.

This particular discussion will focus on the intersection of Ethio-Jazz and Arabic taqsim, or instrumental improvisation. The goal of the lecture is to demonstrate how Nile Project performances serve as a blueprint for how Nile citizens can attempt to organize and transform argument to cooperation.

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