!حفلة موسيقية ببث مباشر لموسيقى الشرق الأوسط من تورنتو
A Virtual Concert of Middle Eastern Music Bridging The West!
Sunday, May 3rd
3-4pm EDT (Toronto)
8-9pm BST (London)
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Thanks for joining us!
It’s Rebecca’s birthday, and she’s asked a group of Middle Eastern musicians based in Toronto to share their cultural music with Canada and the world. For this performance the musicians have chosen music of Middle Eastern icons – such as the Lebanese and Egyptian singers/composers Abdulwahab, Kolthoum, and Fairouz – and will also play some fusion, jazz, and Western classical pieces.
Majd Sekkar (clarinet)
Majd Sekkar is a Syrian clarinetist, and a member of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra. He’s also a clarinet and Arabic music theory teacher at the Canadian Arabic Conservatory.
Majd has performed with famous Arabic Singers on many stages in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Algeria. He moved to Canada in 2016, and immediately began his performance career, playing in many Canadian cities, and also with renowned international and Arabic singers and composers. Majd has given master classes at the University of Toronto and York University on Arabic music theory, and how to incorporate the clarinet in Middle Eastern music. Majd has completed studies in Jazz Performance at Humber College, and continues to collaborate with different local bands.
Ayman Mafouz (Oud)
Ayman Mahfouz is an oud player based in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Ph.D from The Academy of Arts in Cairo Egypt. Ayman is a composer and music critic, and taught oriental musicology at Academy of Arts. Ayman is currently teaching oud and the theory of oriental music at Canadian Arab Orchestra in Toronto.
Edward Tarzi (guitar)
Edward is a Syrian guitar player based in Toronto, Canada. He earned his Classical Guitar Certificate and Diploma in Aleppo, Syria. He plays various genres and styles of music including Middle Eastern, Western classical, and fusion. He’s currently teaching at the Canadian Arabic Conservatory of Music, and is also a member of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra in Toronto.
Meet Your Hosts
Rebecca’s about to turn what researchers say is the global age of maximum unhappiness. To help her not feel so sad, she’s asked a group of Toronto-area, Middle Eastern music-playing musicians to collaborate on a virtual concert for her, Canada, and the world. She’d love for YOU to come to the concert, and is grateful for your support for the performers.
May is a proud Syrian-Canadian. She’s a children’s book author and stage actor. A music lover, she regularly attends Groupmuse events (chamber music house parties) and Orchestra Toronto. She’s joining her friend Rebecca for this event to support these local musicians and to celebrate musical Toronto. Co-host of the party, she’ll be speaking in both Arabic and English.