Thursday 11 October 8.00pm
Maya Youssef qanun
Elizabeth Nott percussion
Barney Morse-Brown cello
Maya Youssef was born in Damascus into a progressive family of writers and artists. Maya always wanted to be a musician: constantly challenging herself by pushing the boundaries and doing something new, wonderful, scary and completely outside of her comfort zone. This determination also influenced her choice to play and master the qanun, an instrument traditionally played by men, and share her cultural heritage with the world.
In Syria, music is an integral part of people’s lives and also an ancient tradition that goes back thousands of years. Since the war began in 2011, Maya felt her music was a way to express and come to terms with intense feelings of loss and sadness after seeing her people suffer and homeland destroyed. Her album Syrian Dreams is a personal journey of memories, humanity and the healing power of music.
This concert is organised in collaboration with Celebrating Syria 2018: a Festival of Arts and Culture, click here for the full festival programme.
7pm // RNCM Theatre
TALK: Introduction to the Qanun – Maya Youssef talks about tonight’s featured Middle-Eastern stringed instrument.
Free admission, no ticket required
Promoted by Sasa Music in association with RNCM