Waed Bouhassoun & Moslem Rahal
The first part of this double concert in the Lagerhalle will be performed by two outstanding musical characters from Damascus. The singer, Waed Bouhassoun, who accompanies herself on the Oud, is often compared to the legendary Oum Kulthum. There is hardly another singer from the Arabic world who interprets the old classical songs, as well as the works of contemporary poets and composers, as sensitively as Waed Bouhassoun. The singer, who now lives in Paris, regularly works with Jordi Savall and his Ensemble Hesperion XXI. Moslem Rahal, ney [Persian nose flute] player and musicologist, is a permanent member of this ensemble, which is regarded as one of the best Early Music ensembles in the world. For Jordi Savall, who is a legend himself, Rahal is simply “the best ney player ever”. Moslem Rahal was a member of the National Syrian Symphony Orchestra and Professor for ney at the Music High School in Damascus. He now lives in Barcelona and works together with musicians from various genres. He is also a founding member of the Morgenland All Star Band.