The Canadian Arabic Orchestra and the Music Gallery present
The Canadian Arabic Quartet
The Canadian Arabic Quartet is a dynamic new ensemble formed by core members of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in classical Arabic music, Western jazz, rock and classical, as well as Greek and Mediterranean music, the Quartet performs contemporary Arabic repertoire based on the classical traditions as well as an array of Arabic jazz and world fusion.
The Music Gallery premiere of the Quartet will highlight modern Arabic compositions that explore the colours of the Arabic modal system, syncopated rhythms, and soaring, expansive improvisation. While deeply rooted in classical Arabic traditions, influences of American jazz, Western classical music, and the music of Spain and North Africa shape new sonorities and moods.
Composers featured will be Charbal Rouhana – Lebanon, Anouar Brahem – Tunisia, Nizar Rohana – Palestine, Marcel Khalife – Lebanon, Trio Joubran – Palestine, and Rabih Abu Khalil – Lebanon.
The Canadian Arabic Quartet:
Majd Sekkar – Clarinet
Demetri Petsalakis – Oud
Tyler Emond – Bass
James Freeman – Percussion