‘Syrian Dreams’ is Maya Youssef’s personal journey through the 6 years of war in Syria, a translation of her memories of home and an expression of a deeply rooted connected to her music. Intricately connected to her youth in Damascus, she began her training in classical music at the age of 7. Endorsed by the Arts Council England, she was chosen for the ‘Exceptional Talent scheme’ to move to London, where she now plays and researches.
Debuting her highly anticipated first album (exec. producer Joe Boyd), Maya will be supported by Basel Saleh of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. Combining her extraordinary talent and dexterity, Maya Youssef has crafted a unique and innovative approach to playing the qanun, a traditional Syrian 78 stMaya Youssef has crafted a unique and innovative approach to playing the qanun, a traditional Syrian 78 stringed plucked zither famed for its penetrating and illustrious sound. To Maya, the act of playing music is a life and hope-affirming act; a space and musical solace where harm and pain is not only hindered, but reversed.
Mouth-watering Syrian Food will be available during the album-signing.
Watch the teaser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P5xj8