Musical Performance: Gaida - Layali El-Uns, Series Debut

Sat, June 12, 2010 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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“Very few singers in the New York or world-music scene are as effusive or charming as Syrian songstress Gaida. We’ve had a crush on her since seeing her Black Cab Session, and are taken by her filigreed voice—at once soaring and grounded—and even more so with the recent release of her debut album, Levantine Indulgence” - Time Out New York

Gaida - vocals

with her ensemble, Levantine Indulgence


Anwar Diab Agha - Oud
Tareq Abboushi
- Buzuq
George Dulin
- Piano
Amir ElSaffar
- Trumpet
Zafer Tawil
- Percussion
Jennifer Vincent
- Bass
Tony de Vivo
- Percussion

Tonight's concert marks the debut of a new musical series, Layali El-Uns, featuring Gaida's new originals and a selection of popular and traditional songs from the Arab world.

Tickets: $20 available at the door or online here. (A surcharge applies; use printout as your ticket);$15 students at door.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Click on link to listen to Levantine Indulgence.

About Gaida

"[Her] plaintive, gauzy vocals effectively disarmed listeners." - Chicago Tribune

Gaida is a vocalist and songwriter working at the intersection of the New York Arab and improvised music scenes. Her compositions draw at once on classical Arabic song, Syrian folk traditions, and free improvisations that expand on traditional Arabic maqams (modes) to produce an original and highly personal style marked by great emotional intensity. Gaida has recorded for major motion pictures, including Jonathan Demme’s films, Rachel Getting Married and Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains. Her debut CD, Levantine Indulgence was released in April, 2010.

Last updated: 2010-06-09 14:55:27


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