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RI International Film Festival and Gallery Z present a performance by international artists, tonight, April 16th, at the Columbus Theater!

RIIFF and Gallery Z invite you to “Live Drawing,” a

performance by internationally acclaimed artist Kevork

Mourad to music by world-renouned Syrian clarinetist

Kinan Azmeh, this Wednesday, April 16th, at the

Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, in Providence,

beginning at 7:30pm.

Kevork Mourad will be performing “Live Drawing” -

drawings created in time with live music and shown on

a projection screen throughout the process of creation.

He has previously performed “Live Drawing” with Yo-

Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The theme for this “Live

Drawing” performance is The Epic of Gilgamesh. The

current unrest in the seat of the world’s oldest

civilization has inspired Mourad and Azmeh to explore

this story, the most ancient written epic currently in

existence. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a lush story, rich

in meaning, in romance, and in humor.

In the first tablet of the epic, we are introduced to

Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, whose insatiable appetite

and oppressive power cause the sky-god to create a

counterpart, Enkidu. A wild man, Enkidu is tamed through

sensual love and will make his way to the city to meet his

rival, Gilgamesh, the only man worthy of his friendship.

With original composition on the clarinet inspiring and

working off of the visual artist’s projected illustration, the

world’s oldest known epic will be brought to life in the

present, using new musical forms and a new form of

visual art exploring the permanence of lines on paper in

the impermanence of projection.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Gallery Z for

$15. Otherwise, tickets are $20 at the door.

Admission for students with a valid ID is $5; admission for

children under 12 is free.

Presentation Location:


270 Broadway

Providence, RI 02903



7:30 P.M.


Located on Providence’s Historic Atwells Avenue (Exit

21 from Interstate 95) since 2001, Gallery Z offers an

eclectic collection of works by 20th-21st century

Armenian, American, international, and Rhode Island

artists. Opening receptions are held on the third

Thursday of each month. Owner and photographer

Bérge Ara Zobian, spearheading efforts to raise public

interest in the arts, dedicates an entire front window to

the public forum. http://www.galleryzprov.com/ Gallery Hours:

Tues & Wed 12-6pm,

Thurs-Sat 12-8pm,

By appointment and by chance



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