Sat, November 19, 2011 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Naji Youssef, Vocals
Maurice Chedid, 'Oud
Zafer Tawil, Violin
Amir Naoum, Percussion
Listen to Naji Youssef sing mawwal "Libnan Ya Et'et Sama".
*A small surcharge is applied to online ticket purchases; use printout as your proof of purchase.Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 8:30pm.
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“Naji Youssef...sang long-breathed, improvisatory songs in a soaring baritone, drawing applause for the intricacy of his melismas.” - The New York Times, September 14, 1994
Called for well over half a century the "Voice of Lebanon," Wadi Al-Safi is considered that country's most influential singer and composer. Best-known for his interpretations of "mawwals", and for the over 3000 songs he has composed, he has brought his music to enthusiastic audiences, both in Lebanon and abroad, focusing attention on the folk music of his homeland, performing poetry and Zajal to inspire patriotism, love, devotion, and honor.
In tonight's concert, yet another mesmerizing voice of Lebanon, Naji Youssef, using his agile, melifluous baritone, honors the great master in a concert of some of his most beloved songs and mawwals, joined by an ensemble of master musicians.
About the ArtistsBorn in the northern Shouf mountains of Lebanon, Naji Youssef started singing in his church choir at a tender age. He immigrated to the United States in 1988 and has been a leading figure in the Arab-American music scene, performing in many venues and festivals and in many projects with such artists as Simon Shaheen, Philip Glass, and Bassam Saba, including performances with the New York Arabic Orchestra at Symphony Space and at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. Naji’s clear and strong voice is reminiscent of the Lebanese jabali (mountain) style exemplified by great masters such as Wadi Al-Safi, yet the cantorial tradition adds nuance and subtle phrasing to his singing. Naji has mastered many repertoires besides the Melkite hymns, including old poetic singing styles such as mijana, ‘ataba, shruqi and zajal. For many years, Naji has been cantor and deacon in the Catholic Melkite Church of the Virgin Mary in Brooklyn, New York.
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