It will be a rare treat for the Berkshires to hear classically trained musicians from Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine perform on Saturday evening (August 17) at the new Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, the third and final special event in concert with the ISLAM CONTEMPORARY art show.
The Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble is a Massachusetts-based 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.
Layaali’s mission is to increase the awareness of Arabic music and culture through concerts, recordings, workshops and lectures. The musicians include: Jamal Sinno on the qanun and vocals; Muhammed Mejaour on the nay; Boujemaa Razgui playing the oud, violin and vocals; and Michel Moushabeck performing on tabla, riqq and daff.