This concert will benefit Magenta Mind
, a newly launched nonprofit that is based in Connecticut. With a mission to provide specialist-led training in mental health where it is most needed, Magenta Mind’s current program benefits the people of Syria wherever they may be. “We are exceptionally grateful for the friendship of Ameer, and for the precious gift of music he and his friends are sharing with us all in this concert.” (Tala Jarjour, Executive Director of Magenta Mind)
Born in South Carolina, Ameer Armaly was exposed to Arabic music from an early age through his uncle who played the oud. He then went on to study under Simon and Najib Shaheen. Ameer leads an Arabic music ensemble which performs regularly around the New York area, cultivating local talent and reviving the great Arabic songs of the twentieth century. Holding a PhD in computer science, Ameer currently works for Google, on making Android devices more accessible to the blind.