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Coup D'Amour - Multicultural Songs
The Bitter End
New York, NY
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Coup D'Amour - Multicultural Songs
A concert by Peter Douskalis at The Bitter End promoting multicultural songs and world music

Peter Douskalis arranges a new book titled Multicultural Songs for the Essential Elements Series by Hal Leonard Publications.

A play on words from Coup detat  the Coup DAmour is a coup of love, to share the love of music and multiculturalism and to promote intercultural harmony.
Peter Douskalis recently published through Hal Leonard Publications a series of world music arrangements titled Multicultural Songs in the Essential Elements for Guitar series. The collection of multicultural songs was created to provide teachers and students of guitar with a repertoire from around the globe and an entry point into the vast multicultural world of music. The arrangements presented within the book are all traditional, folk, or popular pieces from a wide range of countries and regions, yet all share musical commonalities. From harmonic relationships between Syria and Turkey or Mexico and Russia; rhythmic commonalities between Turkey and Greece or meter similarities between China and India; progression similarities in Armenia and South America, as well as melodic consonants of Ireland and the Philippines, Cyprus and Iran, or Egypt and Japan; music is a universal language that unites us all. The music has been rearranged/orchestrated for this special evening and features two guitars, violin, cello, and upright bass. The Coup DAmour ensemble includes:

Peter Douskalis: Guitar
Susan Davis: Violin
Gjilberta Lucaj: Cello
Luiz Bacchi: Upright Bass
Jacob Yusufov: Guitar


Peter Douskalis is a musician and educator that performs and records professionally as well as teaches music in the New York City Department of Education. He is author of the Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Guitar series book Multicultural Songs. He has published his philosophy on multicultural music education curriculum design in the 30th World Conference Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and has further presented his philosophies in a TEDx Talk and the 32nd ISME World Conference. He currently performs in New York City, primarily working as Assistant Director and Guitarist for Pericles Kanaris and Synolon. He also volunteers as the President of the New York City Chapter of the charity Guitars Not Guns. His solo jazz guitar CD The Dance of the Sea has received national and international acclaim in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazz Journal (UK), and Cadence Magazine. He is a proud endorser of GHS Strings, Rocktron, Cordoba Guitars, Guild Guitars, and Steve Clayton Picks.

Susan A. Davis, violinist and educator, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Queens College where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in instrumental and string methods, supervises student teachers, and coaches chamber music. She works in the music community as a clinician and guest conductor. Susan also performs in a duo with classical guitarist, Eric B. Davis. Their CD, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies, has won several parenting magazine awards. She also founded, led and arranged for her alternative styles ensemble, the West Side Fiddlers. Susan has been published in the Journal for Music Teacher Education, American String Teachers Journal, American Music Review and the International Journal of Music Education. She has presented multiple workshops for NAfME, NYSSMA, ASTA, and ISME, and she has been a guest conductor for MEANYC and LISFA honors festivals.

A native of Albania, Gjilberta Lucaj, studied classical cello at the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase College, Mannes College of Music, Juilliard School of Music and received a Masters in Music Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. Her classical solo career has taken her to Mexico, China, South Korea, Europe and Afghanistan. She has been featured in the New York Times, TimeOut NY, and Couture Fashion Magazines. She's been nominated as one of the 100 most notable Albanian-American people. Gjilberta pioneered the concept of pairing her dynamic cello solo performances with couture fashion shows starting in 2005. She has performed for Fashion Week in NYC, the Tri-State area, PA, Boston and Miami. Gjilberta has n recorded and performed for Sony, Avatar Studios, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Ricky Martin and Coldplay. She is currently composing the score for two feature films, acted in a major role in the short movie The Kind Ones which premiered in Cannes Film Festival and won two choice awards in film festivals in NYC. Gjilberta enjoys performing worldwide and teaching in NYC.

Writer and composer, Jacob Yusufov has worked on various projects, composing for and producing independent films. He contributes compositions for his peers and their projects. Jacob is currently a student at the New School and serves on the editorial board for the school's literary magazine.


The Bitter End (View)
147 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

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Arts > Performance
Music > Folk
Music > World

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Peter Douskalis
On BPT Since: Dec 26, 2016
The Bitter End

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