Date(s) - 23/09/2018

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Sunday September 23, 8pm

Tickets £16

Born in Damascus, Maya Youssef is a virtuoso on the qanunthe 78-string plucked zither at the heart of Arabic music. Now based in the UK, she released her debut album Syrian Dreams last November. “This album is my personal journey through the seven years of war in Syria,” she says. “It is a translation of my memories of home and my feelings into music. I see the act of playing music as the opposite of death; it is a life and hope-affirming act. To me, music is a healer and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but across the whole world. I like to think that my music brings people back to humanity and to their heart centres, where no harm can be done to any form of life and where all can exist together in peace.” She is accompanied by Elizabeth Nott on percussion and Barney Morse-Brown on cello.

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