Ensemble Maqam

As Guest: Nour Kamar

The violinist and composer Maias Alyamani is a traveller between worlds. He studied at the Music High Schools in Damascus and Vienna, and has performed not only with classical musicians such as Gidon Kremer and Yo-Yo Ma, but also with jazz musicians such as Joe Zawinul and Wynton Marsalis. He composed music for the opening of the opera house in Damascus and for the Arab Olympic Games in Doha and is a member of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he regularly appears as a soloist. However, Alyamani’s musical home is the traditional music of the Arabic world. In 2006 he founded in Vienna the now internationally successful ensemble MAqam, which plays classical Arabic music, but uses an interpretational and performing approach, as if it were western classical music. Their repertoire includes arrangements of traditional music, works by Alyamani, as well as pieces by other composers written especially for the Ensemble MAqam. They will be joined by the young Tunisian singer Nour Kamar. She was discovered during a TV talent show and then played – and sang! – the young Oum Kulthum in Shirin Neshat’s film “Looking for Oum Kulthum”, which will be screened at June 16 as well.