Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble feat. Michel Godard

Mkhammas – of goldene times

At the age of only seven the violinist Layale Chaker started her music studies at the Conservatory in the Lebanon. In 2010 she moved to Paris to continue her studies. She graduated in New York and since 2015 she has taught at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a member of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, founder of the Duo Sadeem and this evening she can be heard with her Ensemble Sarafand.

In the project, which Layale initiated especially for the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück, Chaker goes on a search of the Lebanon of the 1940s and 50s.

The phase, between the end of the French occupation and the beginning of the Lebanon crisis in 1958, was the beginning of a new era, full of hope and utopia, both for the country and its people. An optimistic mood, which was mirrored in works of art and music from the period. Chaker has tracked down rare musical documents from this “golden era” and arranged them specially for her ensemble. Her compositions are the product of the multi-faceted testimonies of the age; music of the Bedouins from the Bakaa region, Sufi songs from Tripolis, as well as Syriac music.

Special Guest for the evening is the French tuba and serpent player Michel Godard. As a jazz musician, renaissance specialist and ‘world musician’, he is at home on his instrument, no matter which genre or era. He has already appeared at the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück with the Morgenland All Star Band, and last year he thrilled the audience in a duo with the Azerbaijani singer Alim Qasimov.

  • Layale Chaker - Viola
  • Michel Godard - Serpent, Tuba
  • Elie Maalouf - Piano
  • Mohanad Aljaramani - Oud
  • Youssef Hbeisch - Percussion