Iranian singer songwriter Farzane Zamen and Yemeni Poet and film maker Sawsan Al-Areeqe are joined by local musician Jen Fairgrieve in a multi-cultural celebration of words and music.
The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is an initiative of the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The APF makes fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of practice, and places them at host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their work and plan for their futures. APF artists will be facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence.
As APF Fellows, Sawsan is supported by the University of Glasgow and Farzane by, initially the Centre for Contemporary Art, and latterly EarthSouNZ.
Farzane is Iranian with Kurdish and Azerbaijani heritage. She has written and recorded in varied styles, from the Farsi songs of her homeland to progressive electronic music that is shown off in her EP "Z Bent" (https://soundcloud.com/farzanezamen/sets/z-bent-1).
In this concert she will bring to the public songs that she will be recording which have their origins in the Azerbaijani music she learnt from her grandmother.
Jen Fairgrieve is a local musician who has recently decided to give up her day job and devote her days and nights to her love of writing and performing.
Sawsan's Arabic poetry will be presented with projected translations
Jen is a singer songwriter from Glasgow, and recently left a job working with people with mental health challenges in order to focus on music. Jen has sung in several choirs since a young age, including the RSNO Chorus. She has sung as a soloist at many events over the years and also played flute with the City of Glasgow Wind Orchestra. Although Jen is mainly a singer and guitarist, she also plays keyboard and flute, and is a regular on Glasgow's vibrant open mic scene.