Al Qahwa, Live at Atrium O’Brien
Arts & Entertainment, Cultural
Al Qahwa released their latest recording, Weyn Allah,
in June 2023 and are following it up with a summer tour across Canada. Each member of the group contributed to the original material inspired by music from North Africa, Greece, Iran, the Middle East, as well as musical influences from jazz, folk and Irish music thrown into the mix. This is the result of the cultural and musical backgrounds of the members of this group. This concert will showcase uplifting and energetic music with North African and Arabic rhythms and melodies interpreted with the spirit of jazz. Maryem Tollar’s distinct voice has been heard across genres from Bollywood to Canadian TV’s Little Mosque on the Prairie
to R. Murray Schafer’s Children's Crusade
to Baroque music with Tafelmusik – defying labels and genres. This performance will feature the vocal heavy repertoire from the album Weyn Allah
sung by Maryem Tollar and soaring over rich Pan African Arabian grooves by Waleed Abdulhamid and Naghmeh Farahmand, Mediterranean stringwork by Demetri Petsalakis, the sound of the Nile, the Sahara desert and Coltrane’s jazz in Ernie Tollar’s woodwinds, and joyful ecstatic dance by Roula Said. Limited seating available. Please bring a chair to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment. You can learn more about Al Qahwa and their performance at the National Arts Centre by clicking here.
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