Dozan wa Awtar Establishment
Founded by Shireen Abu-Khader in January 2002, Dozan wa Awtar (‘Tuning & Strings”) Establishment promotes Arabic choral music and the creation of unique performing arts projects through teaching, composing/arranging, recording, publishing and performing music as well as theatre productions in collaboration with local and international professional artists and talented youth. An ongoing project supported by the Establishment is Zakhareef in Motion Dance, which hosted its fifth annual international dance festival in May 2011.
The Establishment is administered by a three-person committee, which makes major strategic decisions and mobilizes other volunteer choir members who participate in teams to accomplish various tasks for the group. Activities are funded by ticket and publication sales, sponsors, partners and donors.
Because classical Arabic music has traditionally meant one single line sung simultaneously by all singers (with some embroidered touches), Arabic harmonic chorale music is an experimental field. Dozan wa Awtar Establishment has made it a priority to experiment with traditional songs and to explore and promote new works and composers. Our mission is to become worldwide leaders in this field and we have begun by scoring, publishing and recording some of the original arrangements created for and performed by our singers and musicians. (See Publications.) Dozan wa Awtar also initiated the Arab Choir Festival Aswatuna (“Our Voices”) which took place in August 2008, under the Patronage of HM Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, and was held again in October 2012 under the Patronage of HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal.
The heart of Dozan wa Awtar Establishment is singing. Major activities revolve around three groups: Dozan wa Awtar Singers (main adult choir), Dozan (smaller Arabic-language choir), and Atfal Dozan wa Awtar ( new children’s choir being formed in 2011).