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Interview: Jazz and Syria Quintet with Reese Erlich

Ben Trefny
Oud player Coralie Russo and percussionist Vince Delgado are part of the Jazz and Syria Quintet

Since the Arab Spring, the world has been watching armed conflict escalate in Syria. This Friday, the 17th of October, the Bay Area has a chance to consider the war-torn country in a different way -- by how it sounds. 
Classical Syrian music gets an American interpretation at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The Jazz and Syria Quintet will perform and participate in a discussion hosted by award-winning journalist Reese Erlich. 

Erlich dropped by our studio with quintet members Vince DelGado and Coralie Russo. 
Click the audio player above to hear the entire interview.

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.