Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux.


Though planned for years, the Dec. 5th concert by The Crossing and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture's Takht Ensemble at Bryn Mawr College presents new music by Syrian composers right at a time when their homeland is in civil war. However, the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports that the music isn't about current strife, but earlier, more peaceful times.

The arts can encourage positive cultural identity and promote cross-cultural understanding. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, that’s the premise of the Philadelphia-based organization Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, open to people of all backgrounds and presenting and teaching Arab language, art, and music, which can vary among the 22 countries in the Arab world.

Radio script:

Jim Jordan, Philadelphia chapter president of the American Composers Forum. 

Jason Peifer examines the nuances of funding non-profit theater. 

Hazami Sayed, the founder and president of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Susan Lewis visits Gershwin To Gillespie Portraits in American Music at the Michener Museum's New Hope.