New Sounds from the Arab Lands

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Basel Rajoub, saxophone
Jasser Haj Youssef, violin, viola d’amore
Feras Charestan, qanun
Khaled Yassine, percussion

This adventurous program brings together eminent performer-composer-improvisers from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon, who create new music inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Arab lands. Performing on Middle Eastern and Western instruments, they exemplify the talent, achievement, and breadth of a rising generation of cosmopolitan Arab musicians. The programe combines jazz, classical music, micro-tonal subtleties and myriad melodic modes of Arabic music, generating a sublime mix of spontaneity and control rooted in a thousand-year-old tradition of improvisation.

The New Sounds project was developed by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The Music Initiative supports artists and artistic communities in the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia seeking to reassemble and further develop diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms.

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