Musical Performance: Flying Street, with Sam Shalabi on oud and Stefan Christoff on piano

Sat, December 12, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

(View all musical performances »)

Alwan for the Arts presents:

Flying Street, a musical conversation between Cairo and Montreal.

Sam Shalabi, on oud

Stefan Christoff, on piano

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students and Seniors

Available at the door or online (Buy now)(*A small online fee is applied)

Doors open at 7:30 pm

Flying Street is a duet album that extends an ongoing musical and political conversation between Shalabi and Christoff. It builds on a journey between Cairo and Montreal and a dialogue between the musicians related to their experiences working with grassroots arts and activists and a larger movement to overturn injustice. The album is a subtle, yet poignant reflection on identity, belonging, isolation and seclusion as they merge between the foreground and the distance like a mirage cast by smoke, envisaged through the mirror of the mind’s eye. Inherent in these recordings is an urgency to always question reality.

“From the first pluck of the oud, the maqam scale is set in motion down the Nile, and the piano is left to find its voice on the journey. After a shy entrance, it finds its way amid a river of micro-notes – there are moments of panic, but the flow between the two instruments begins, pointing toward a historical reverie.”

Click here to read the full version of the review.

About the Artists:

Sam Shalabi is an Egyptian-Canadian composer, improviser and guitarist living between Montreal and Cairo. Starting out in punk rock in the late 70s, his work has evolved into a fusion of experimental, modern Arabic Music that incorporates traditional Arabic, shaabi, noise, classical, text, free improvisation and jazz. He has released five solo albums, five albums with Shalabi Effect, a free improvisation quartet that bridges western psychedelic music and Arabic Maqam and three albums with Land Of Kush, an experimental 30-member orchestra for which he composes. He has appeared on over 30 albums and toured Europe, North America and North Africa. Current projects include two albums on the Italian label Sagittarius, with Beirut, Turkish and Egyptian musicians and a recent tour in the eastern U.S. with Alvarius B. He premiered a new composition for oud and electronics in a series of performances in late 2014 and released an album with The Dwarves Of East Agouza, a Cairo-based trio with Maurice Louca and Alan Bishop. He is a founding member of Shalabi Effect and is currently working on the release of the sixth Shalabi Effect album.

More on the Shalabi Effect, click here.

Stefan Christoff is a Montreal-based writer, community organizer and musician. As a pianist, Stefan has worked on numerous projects, including “Duets for Abdelrazik”, an album expressing solidarity with the struggle of Sudanese-Canadian Abousfian Abdelrazik who was exiled, jailed and tortured in Sudan with the active complicity of the Canadian government. Stefan worked also on a series of recordings at La Sala Rossa, including two albums of duets with Sam Shalabi on oud, the first ”родина" and the second “Flying Street”. Both are rooted in an evolving collaboration between Cairo and Montreal. Stefan has also released two EPs: “Temps libre”, recordedin the context of the Quebec student strikewith Brahja Waldman on saxophone and Peter Burton on bass; and "Wire Tones", recorded with double bass player David Parker in Kingston, Ontario at the Artel.

Listen to Stefan Christoff at:

Last updated: 2016-10-16 12:42:45

Flying Street, 2014
Flying Street, 2014

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

Alwan Auction 2016

Join Our Mailing List:



Classes are currently being scheduled. Please check back soon for updates.



There are currently no upcoming events.


16 Beaver Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732 3261
Email Us

Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities. Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or, buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.

© 2020 Alwan for the Arts

Hosting donated by:, the Arabic Encyclopedia