Maya Youssef Ensemble
(Syria / Middle East)
- Concert Date: Wednesday 9th March, Norwich Playhouse Theatre
- Venue: Norwich Playhouse Theatre, St. Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB
- Doors Open: 6.30pm
- Concert Running Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
A special evening of Arabic/Syrian traditional sufi music with Syrian musicians and pupils of St. Williams Primary School.
Now based in the UK, Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Maya’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and Latin styles. It explores the emotional and healing qualities of music.
For her, the act of playing music is the opposite of death and destruction; it is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world. Her debut album Syrian Dreams, produced by the legendary Joe Boyd, was highly-acclaimed in music press around the world and has led to many awards, performances on prestigious stages such as the BBC Proms and WOMAD and recognition from the British government of her status as an exceptional artistic talent.
Presented by Music Worldwide, the concert has been made possible with support from Arts Council England and is part of a wider educational outreach project, where Maya has been teaching music with young learners from St. Williams Primary School.