Virtuoso Syrian kanun player. Her virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.
The kanun is a traditional Syrian 78 stringed plucked zither. It also exists in the rest of the Arab world, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan but in slightly different forms. The Arabic word ‘kanun’ translates as ‘The Law’. The reason behind that is that the kanun sets the pitch at traditional ensembles as well as leading it in some cases.
Maya YOUSSEF – kanun
Ant ROMERO – riq (percussion)
Barney MORSE – cello
Rihab AZAR – ud