Led by composer and Ney soloist Louai Alhenawi, this show marks the worldwide debut of the London Syrian Ensemble’s new project ‘Sounds of Syria’.
London Syrian Ensemble is a stunning collective of eight musicians and graduates from the renowned Damascus Conservatoire. This dynamic and emotional work brings to the stage new instrumental arrangements by composers from Syria and its diaspora. Alongside featured guest vocalists and songs from Arabic folk and classical repertoire, Sounds of Syria examines the new approaches and sounds created when Syrian music is composed in foreign lands, exploring themes of longing and loss, hope and new beginnings.
ABOUT LONDON SYRIAN ENSEMBLE
Founded in 2017, London Syrian Ensemble perform on the enticing combination of ney (wooden flute), kanun (zither), daf (frame drum), riqq (tambourine) and darbuka (hand drum), violins, violas, double bass and percussion. The ensemble is comprised of Syrian musicians who, since leaving Syria, are now long-term residents in the UK, and have performed across England from London’s Southbank Centre and British Museum, to the Liverpool World Museum and many more.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
The London Syrian Ensemble (LSE) is led by Louai Alhenawi, a composer and Ney soloist who studied and taught at the eminent Damascus Conservatoire. He recently held the position of the Musical Director for the first Arabic Musical in the UK, “Umm Kulthum” which made its worldwide premiere at the London Palladium. Alongside his work with the LSE, Alhenawi also leads the SOAS Middle Eastern Ensemble and has recorded and toured with acclaimed artists including Fairouz, Shakira, Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Terry Hall, Gabriel Yared and Natacha Atlas.
This will be a seated and socially-distanced event with reduced capacity to conform with the government’s summer regulations.
Commissioned by Shubbak Festival in partnership with MARSM and supported by funds from Arts Council England. Produced and programmed by MARSM.