Search form

America at a Crossroads: Dissonance & Harmony: Arabic Music Goes West

DISSONANCE AND HARMONY: ARABIC MUSIC GOES WEST is a new documentary about forging ties between the West and Middle East through contemporary music that will air nationally on PBS on November 2 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Directed and produced by Jonathan Brandeis, the 60-minute film follows legendary music impresario Miles Copeland as he visits different countries in the Middle East and meets with musicians, singers and producers who discuss their feelings about the West, and how the political situations and wars in their countries have shaped their music and careers. Copeland then brings them to the U.S. to collaborate with high-profile Western artists and present their music to U.S. audiences.

Press releases

Images

CR01_Diss&Harm

Middle Eastern musicians perform with Western artists at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR02_Diss&Harm

Middle Eastern musician performs with Western artists at L.A. music workshop.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR03_Diss&Harm

Musicians at work at the L.A. music workshop.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR04_Diss&Harm

Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla at the L.A. music workshop.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR05_Diss&Harm

Middle Eastern and Western musicians jam at the L.A. music workshop.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR06_Diss&Harm

Beirut-based artist Kodeih (a.k.a. Rayess Bek), performing at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-MainIlham

Ilham Al Madfai, an Iraqi singer and songwriter who is featured in the program.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-MainTania

Tania Saleh, a Lebanese singer featured in the program.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-MainSaad

Saad El Soghayar, an Egyptian superstar who is featured in the program.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-MainWael

Wael Kodeih (a.k.a. Rayess Bek), a Beirut-based artist who is featured in the program.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-MainTareq

Tareq Al Nassar, a Jordanian composer and musician featured in the program.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-Filmmaker01

Miles Copeland. Executive Producer / Music Impresario.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

CR_Diss-Filmmaker02

Jonathan Brandeis. Producer/Director.

Credit: Courtesy Firstars.

Welcome back!