Mon, Nov. 4 thru Thu, Nov. 7, 2019
This fall, Raleigh native Rafiq Bhatia, member of the heralded post-rock trio Son Lux, brings his pathbreaking Breaking English project to Duke for a weeklong residency and enthralling multimedia performance at the von der Heyden Studio Theater. Born to Muslim immigrant parents, the guitarist and composer draws on a wide range of musical influences, blending East and West, jazz and pop, acoustic and electronic.
Bhatia’s visit is part of a joint initiative with the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Middle East Studies Center entitled Building Bridges: Muslims in America. Funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the National Endowment for the Arts, the three-year project seeks to strengthen understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the Durham area. Bhatia is one of several US-based artists who, between Spring 2018 and Spring 2020, are making visits to Duke classrooms and local public schools with the aim of fostering understanding, respect, and dialogue around Muslim art and culture.