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Famed Syrian Singer Wajde Ayub and Ensemble to Perform in New York City

Renowned Syrian singer Wajde Ayub, born in Aleppo, is set to perform on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. His ensemble includes a chorus and instrumentalists , who are highly regarded in the field of Middle Eastern music in the United States.

The ensemble features Zafir Tawil on oud; Michael Abdullah on violin; Insia Malik on violin; Khaled Khalifa on cello; Naeif Rafeh on nay; Jamal Sinno on qanun; John Murchison on bass; Johnny Farraj on riqq (small frame drum); Mahmoud Kamil on Arabic tabla (goblet-shaped drum); Mohammad Almassri on katim (large frame drum); and Zahra Alzubaidi, Khadidja Guendil, and Nesma Mohamed on chorus.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
Information and tickets: Robert Browning Associates

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Artist Profiles: Wajde Ayub

Wajde Ayub

Wajde Ayub started to sing and play the oud at an early age. He worked for more than 25 years with many of the finest musicians of Aleppo.

A classically trained Syrian mutrib (main vocalist), Wajde Ayub is much-admired for his delightful and impressive renderings of the repertory of Aleppo, one of the eminent cultural centers of the Middle East. This includes wasla, a musical suite that integrates composed and improvised parts; and muwashahat, sung poetry.

Since migrating to the United States in 2017, he has been a leading advocate of Syrian vocal music in his new home. He is enthusiastic about maintaining the ancient musical traditions of Syria – traditions that have been put in danger by the civil war that has ravaged the country.

His performances include layali (melismatic vocalizations) and mawwal (unmetered song). They are suggestive of those of his mentor, the great Sabah Fakhri, and resonate with the musical elation known as tarab, a heightened state of emotion similar to duende in flamenco. His ensemble is composed of a chorus and instrumentalists on ud (lute), violins, cello, nay (flute), qanun (zither), bass, and percussion who are highly respected in the field of Middle Eastern music in the United States.

In addition to performing in the Middle East, he has toured Europe, Latin America and the United States. Ayub was tutored to memorize dozens of classic Arabic compositions, which he performs and improvises during a concert.

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