tarab: a state of euphoria invoked by music
We've all felt it, out of the blue while listening to some piece of music - you get overwhelmed with emotion, get goosebumps, feel ecstatic or feel very sad and start tearing up. Often you'll catch yourself unconsciously tapping your feet, humming a tune accompanying a distant radio, or get lost in your work while music is blasting. Sometimes you'll burst into song at a concert with thousands of others in unison, other times you're with a group of friends jamming endlessly over the same riffs with a simple drum and guitar. Music has its way with us, it connects with higher order perception functions and works on emotions directly, without interpreters, translators or coordinating rational guardians
One of the most amazing things to witness at mamnoon is how people of all kinds, races, religions come together, socialize and connect in the same medium of great food, surroundings and music. We've been told that it's a unique and very appealing draw of the mamnoon dining experience. A key element for our exciting new mbar project is to replicate this diverse and ultra-social experience in an unbelievable geographic setting.
We've found a great organization to help us with this: International Rescue Committee. The IRC has been at the forefront of aid operations with Syrian Refugees, and has upped its efforts on helping build futures for children. I'll post more details on the project we will be targeting: Reyhanli Youth Center in Turkey.
We have close to hand many elements for a primordial soup of humanity, if we can put them together and add some spark maybe we can create something that lives on. That was the idea behind tarab 4 syria - to see if we can put everything together, and apply your spark.
The event takes place over 2 days, in 3 locations:
- On August 4th, and for 35$ there will be an all you can eat mamnoon street and anar food and drink menu and entertained by musicians Black Giraffe and Dj Dana Dub, Dj Spank from 4-9 pm.
- On August 4th we will have an all inclusive special a la zao'ak menu at mamnoon with Musar Arak and curated paired wines for 250$/person, music provided by House of Tarab. Details of the menu will be available shortly. reservations strongly recommended.
- On August 5th, we will host an invite-only event from 5-9 pm with a special tasting menu by Jason Stratton and some of his Top Chef colleagues. The menu paired with Chateau Musar wines and will be the first ever event held at mbar. Music will be provided by Dj Riz. Please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org about this event.
- On August 5th starting 9 pm, we will host an invite-only tarab 4 syria party on the mbar rooftop deck featuring bites and special drinks, as well as music by DJ Riz and Hellopsycaleppo. Please inquire with email@example.com about this event.
Come join us and get into your tarab and do lasting good. There will be many ways to participate, for all budgets and preferences. I look forward to seeing many of you there.