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Songs From Syria – iyatraQuartet with the Saleh Brothers & Peter Ford
11 May 2019 at 7:30 pm£17.50
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.
The name ‘iyatra‘ is derived from the Hindi word for pilgrimage and the group embraces a sense of journey in every performance, bringing classical sensibility to a jazz-like approach. You will hear original arrangements of songs from Syria and new collaborations, taking you on a journey from deeply moving expression to joyous song and vibrant rhythms.
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 core quartet plays violin, bass clarinet, cello and percussion and in this concert includes as guests two outstanding members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians – Basel Saleh on oud and Mohammad ‘Taim’ Saleh on qanun. The musicians met at a street party in memory of Jo Cox MP. The Songs From Syria project was launched in 2018 with performances at King’s Place, Bloomsbury Festival and Brighton Open Air Theatre.
There are over five million Syrian refugees outside Syria, making it the biggest refugee crisis of our time. This event introduces some of the musicians who have lived through this and are now living in the UK. It celebrates the beauty of Syrian culture and laments its destruction. The music will be presented alongside a talk by the former diplomat Peter Ford and with a selection of delicious traditional Syrian food.
‘Terrific!’ Joe Frost – Songlines Magazine
Visit the Songs From Syria website for more information: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