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Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble
Join us for a Virtual Concert by Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble

Stick around after the show for Q & A

About Layaali

LAYAALI is a group of talented musicians whose love and dedication to Arabic music have earned them wide acclaim from both ethnomusicologists and audiences at sold-out performances throughout the U.S. and internationally. The ensemble is committed to performing the traditional music of the Arab world and to preserving the rich legacy of Arabic culture through soulful vocals, hypnotic instrumental improvisations, electrifying percussion, and faithful renditions and recordings of master works.

About the repertoire

Arabic music has a distinctive sound – an enveloping sound with unique, haunting rhythms; it has a defining structure based on ancient modes called maqams, but allows plenty of improvisation, individually and collectively. LAYAALI is an ensemble of highly polished players, full of energy and attentive to detail.
The music performed by LAYAALI ranges from the great classical compositions of 19th and early 20th century masters such as Riad al-Sinbati and Sayed Darwish to the classics sung by the likes of Umm Kulthoum and Fairuz, from Muwashshahat (poetic compositions of Andalusian origin) and popular folk songs to the contemporary works of composers such as Ziad Rahbani. They include instrumental pieces that stretch the players’ limits as well as mournful songs that unfold like short stories in the warm and inviting voices of the vocalists.

Apr 15, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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