Kifah Abdulla is a poet, artist, performer, and teacher. He reads poetry and short stories with music. Kifah published his first book of poetry” Dead Still Dream ” he is working on his memoir book ” Mountains Without Peaks ” and his second book of poetry. Kifah is a visual artist, his works has exhibited in different galleries and places in Maine, and he is involved in many cultural and artistic projects. He is a member of Portland Public Art Committee, founder of the International Arabic Language Festival in Portland ME, co-founder of Arabic conversation group and first Arabic language website. Kifah teaches Arabic calligraphy at MECCA, Arabic instructor at SMCC, and the Language Exchange.
Kifah is working on collaborative artists projects which include: a poet, cellist, soprano singer, and dancer, and is putting together a show for WMPG titled ” Words and Music” it will starts in Sept 30th.
Emma Flores is a voice student of Scott Wheatley and a senior at Kennebunk High School. She is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and she performed all three years at the District and All State Music Festival in the mixed choir. Emma is a member of Opera Maine’s Opera Teen group and was chosen by Opera America in New York to serve on the national Opera Teen Advisory Board as Manager of Social Media and has recently become Co-Chair of the program. Emma has attended Brevard Music Center’s Summer Institute in North Carolina and Boston University’s Tanglewood.
Devin Colella can be seen in his funk / rock cello and drums duo, QUAD, as well as with improvisational classical crossover piano trio, Aeterna Trio, and singer- songwriter Shanna Underwood. Devin is interested in exploring new ways to play the cello, and works to introduce the cello to new kinds of music. He hopes to contribute to the growing movement of cellists who are experimenting with modern music.
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