Karim Sulayman, tenor
Sean Shibe, guitar

Sunday, October 20, 2024 - 3 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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This concert is part of the Giesecke Bloom/Winkelman Artist Debut Series. You can subscribe to this series, Build Your Own subscription, or purchase a Season Pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

About This Performance

Examining the close cultural and musical ties between East and West, this collaboration between Grammy Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman and guitarist Sean Shibe offers music ranging from Dowland and Takemitsu to traditional songs from the Middle East. This musical journey reflects the artists’ personal experiences of dynamic, cross-over identities, as they were raised in the West but had ethnic roots in the East (Lebanon and Japan, respectively). Broken Branches explores the wood of the guitar and its relatives, as well as the splintering of history known as diaspora.

Broken Branches
Program includes works by Dowland, Monteverdi, Britten, Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Harvey, and Chaker and traditional songs from the Middle East

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The Artist(s)

Karim Sulayman
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman has garnered international attention as a sophisticated and versatile artist, consistently praised for his sensitive and intelligent musicianship, riveting stage presence, and beautiful voice. The 2019 Best Classical Solo Vocal GRAMMY® Award winner, he continues to earn acclaim for his programming and recording projects, while regularly performing on the world’s stages in opera,… Read More
Sean Shibe
Sean Shibe, guitar
A former BBC New Generation Artist, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship 2012 winner, Royal Philharmonic Society 2018 Young Artist Award winner, and recipient of the 2022 Leonard Bernstein Award, Sean Shibe continues to prove himself a truly original mind at the frontier of contemporary classical music. This season sees him premiere new concertos by Cassandra Miller and Oliver Leith,… Read More


Li Beirut (Arranged by Karim Sulayman & Sean Shibe)
La prima vez (Arranged by Karim Sulayman & Sean Shibe)