Songlines Encounters at Kings Place
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
London, United Kingdom
Born in Damascus, Maya Youssef is a virtuoso on the qanun, the magnificent Arabic zither that is at the heart of Arabic classical music. Now based in the UK, thanks to an Arts Council Exceptional Talent Scheme, she released her highly-praised debut album Syrian Dreams in November. Accompanied by percussion and cello, she performs music lamenting the war in her homeland and celebrating its rich cultural and architectural heritage. Her instrument takes possession of her and ‘the music is sure to take possession of you,’ said our Songlines review.