Blending a host of musical styles, Siraj’s sound is best described as a mix of traditional Middle Eastern music, jazz, flamenco and pop. Ever involved in the world of music, she currently leads an ethnically diverse quintet, Arabian Flamenco Jazz and was chosen as one of New York’s “Summer Stars of Jazz”
Siraj released her first album in 2011 and has since been on a musical journey featured across the United States, Europe and Middle East. Along with her tour, she has been named Jordan’s Musical Ambassadress and has performed in worldly prestigious platforms including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, World Economic Forum, the John F. Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center. One of her top hits, “Zariya” reached No.1 on the charts in India and No. 3 throughout the Middle East.
Beyond her musical career, Siraj is a known humanitarian, advocating for women’s rights, animal rights and refugee rights. Her heart and message raise awareness of the aftermath of war and violence. She annually represents Jordan on United Nations World Peace Day.
“Our mission with this [event] is to help spread the message of ‘peace through music’" said Nicole Cotton-Leachman, managing director of the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. “Not only do we strive to celebrate our growing cultural expansion in Northwest Arkansas, but we also feel it is our responsibility to help education our community and campus on the positive impact music and the arts can play in cultural change and awareness.”
The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center is the newest performing arts center at the University of Arkansas. Completed in September 2017, this world-class performance venue is the main performance venue for the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences' department of Music. It brings in artists and entertainers from all over the world to Fayetteville, creating memorable moments in music.
The King Faud Center for Middle East Studies is an academic and research unit in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is dedicated to the study of the Modern Middle East. This department has formed a three-year partnership with the Faulkner center and will continue to bring diverse and culturally rich performances to the stage. You can learn more about the King Faud Center here.
For more performance times and ticket information, visit faulkner.uark.edu or stop by the box office, open Monday-Friday 1:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.