Maya Youssef presents music from Syria

Saturday 25 November 2017,
13.00–13.45 & 15.00–15.45
Sunday 26 November 2017,
13.00–13.45 & 15.00–15.45
Room 34
Free, just drop in, limited seating

Organised with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Join Maya Youssef, Syrian virtuoso of the qanun, a traditional 78-stringed Arab zither, for a performance of traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern music. She will be accompanied by cellist Barney Morse-Brown and percussionist Elizabeth Nott.

Maya Youssef is a London-based Syrian virtuoso of the qanun, a traditional 78-stringed Arab zither. She is one of very few women who plays it. Growing up in Damascus, Maya was introduced at an early age by her progressive and intellectual family to a huge range of music, from Arabic, classical, jazz, fusion and world music to Tibetan chanting and western classical. She started studying music aged 7, initially learning the violin.

Maya has performed at major UK festivals and venues including Union Chapel, Celtic Connections, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Bath Festivals and Celebrating Sanctuary at the Southbank. Her extraordinary musical gift and generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism have brought comparisons with such legendary virtuosos as Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin and Meredith Monk. Maya’s album Syrian Dreams produced by Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd) is released on Warner Brothers Music in November 2017.

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Maya Youssef playing the qanun. © Maya Youssef.