Maya Youssef qanun
Elizabeth Nott percussion
Barney Morse-Brown cello
“The act of playing music is the opposite of death, it’s a life and hope affirming act,” says Youssef, virtuoso of the traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither. Introduced at an early age by her family to a whole range of music from Arabic classical, jazz, fusion and world music to Tibetan monks and Western classical, Maya grew up in her native Syria determined to become a musician. Her extraordinary musical gift and generosity of outlook have brought comparisons with Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin and Meredith Monk, and she has performed all over, from the BBC Proms to Womad, either with her own groups or as part of Africa Express and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. Her trio will perform the album Syrian Dreams, released at the end of 2017.
‘It’s an often exquisite, emotional set that constantly changes mood’ THE GUARDIAN