Musical Performance: Singer Elizabeth Ayoub ~ "Sin Fronteras" (Without Borders/بدون حدود) - NYC Debut

Sat, May 22, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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in conjunction with FIAF French Institute/Alliance Française's World Nomads Lebanon Festival and the release of Elizabeth's new CD, "Oceanos y Lunas" (Times Square Records)

Elizabeth Ayoub, vocals and guitar


Arturo Martínez
, guitar
Joe Zeytoonian, oud, Arab percussion
Ramzi El Edlibi, Arab percussion
Chris Marashlian, bass
Enrique Lopez, Cuban tres

And special guest musicians.

Tonight's performance marks both the New York City and Alwan debut of Lebanese-Venezuelan singer Elizabeth Ayoub, whose songs combine the sensual latin rhythms and tones of the Caribbean and Hispanic America with the haunting melodies of her ancestral homeland of Lebanon. Further enriched by influences from the popular music of North America and Europe and her uniquely beautiful, heartfelt voice, this evening's concert sin fronteras ("without borders") is an lyrical amalgam not to be missed.

Click on links to listen to Elizabeth and to watch an interview.

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Tickets: $20 at door; $15 students.

About Elizabeth Ayoub

"There is what the singer does with her voice. So many want to show off, to sacrifice the melody to their improvisations...but she never does that, every move feels organic and natural." - Charlie Gillett, BBC Radio

With a fresh, coming-of-age sensitivity, Elizabeth Ayoub graces the stage by blending the traditional with the contemporary, the East with the West. The youngest of seven siblings, her Lebanese immigrant parents fled to Venezuela before the civil war, in search of a promising future. It was in Venezuela that Elizabeth was thrust into an environment where three different languages were freely spoken and where her musical influences ranged from Koranic verse and the famed Lebanese diva Fairouz, to Simon & Garfunkel and Barbra Streisand. These influences span across decades and cultures, and enrich both her music and lyrics with heartfelt and haunting melodies and rhythms. From the yearning that springs from a traditional Arabic song, to that of a country-blues ballad, and an Arab-infused Cuban son, Elizabeth Ayoub transports you sweetly to and fro, through a musical journey.

Elizabeth has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, including most recently the Dubai Jazz Festival and the Netherlands Worldsessions (2009). She has collaborated with many oustanding musicians, including
Grammy-award winning producer Javier Limón (Lagrimas Negras - El Cigala & Bebo Valdez), oud instrumentalists and composers Ziyad Sahhab and Bassam Saba of Lebanon, and Haytham Safia (Palestine). Her new CD, Oceanos y Lunas will be released May 21st with Times Square Records.

"Music is that magical air that lives in our space. It knows no boundaries, carries no stigmas. It is unconditional love expressed through one's energy. And like energy, music can neither be created nor destroyed - it is simply transformed, from one soul to the other. May we all be the conduits of its magic." - Elizabeth Ayoub

Last updated: 2010-05-22 19:03:22

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