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Special Syrian Night – with Peter Ford and iyatraQuartet

May 11 at 7:30 pm


Featuring former diplomat Peter Ford and music from iyatraQuartet led by Will Roberts and featuring Basel and Mohammed Saleh from the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. Discussion, music and snacks from Syria.


Described as ‘one of the most exciting new music groups around at the moment’, iyatraQuartet are multi-instrumentalists who work collaboratively to create original, boundary-bending and joyful music.  The London-based quartet have enjoyed recent performances at WOMAD, Songlines Encounters Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and London International Arts Festival, as well as multidisciplinary projects with contemporary dance and live poetry.

iyatraQuartet recorded a debut album, ‘This World Alone’, in November 2015, recorded in the Union Chapel, London, received as a 5-star album choice by fRoots magazine and with a 4-star review in Songlines Magazine.  The inspiration for ‘This World Alone’ evolved through working and performing with musicians and artists in London’s rich cultural scene.

‘iyatra’ comes from the Hindi word for ‘travel’ and ‘journey’: a concept that is embraced in the music.

Alongside working towards a second album, iyatraQuartet are pioneering experimental collaborations with musicians, artists, poets, film-makers and dancers.  A recent project about the The Ladies Bridge (aka Waterloo Bridge), featured new music performed as part of Totally Thames Festival.  When not working with iyatraQuartet, Rich, George, Will and Alice can be found performing with artists including Nigel Kennedy, Sam Lee, Hofesh Shechter Company and Heritage Orchestra.

Songs From Syria is a collaborative project bringing together the musicians of iyatraQuartet with Basel and Taim Saleh, from the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.  Their music encompasses original arrangements of songs from Syria and new collaborations, taking you on a journey from deeply moving expression to joyous song and vibrant rhythms.

The musicians met at a street party in memory of Jo Cox MP in 2017. They have performed together at Songlines Encounters Festival (Kings Place),Bloomsbury Festival and Brighton Open Air Theatre.

Visit their website here: http://www.iyatraquartet.com/songs-from-syria.html


Peter Ford is an expert on the Middle East. An Arabist, he served as British Ambassador to Syria and Bahrain before joining the UN to work on refugee issues. He is a frequent commentator on Syria in the media.


Kindly sponsored by William Hammond Ltd


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May 11
7:30 pm
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