Maya Youssef‘s virtuosity and innovative approach to playing the kanun have expanded her audience to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook warmth, humor and optimism.
The kanun is a 78 plucked strings traditional syrian instrument It also exists in the rest of the Arab World under various forms. The word ”kanun” translates ”the law” in Arabic language.
Maya Youssef has played around the world and has been awarded by the Exceptional Talent Award, which allowed her to settle down in UK in 2012.
The same year she composed her album ”Syrian Dreams”. She tells…
”The war started in 2011 in my homeland. From that point on making music was no longer a choice, it was a crucial mean to express intense feelings of loss and sadness from seeing my people suffer and my country destroyed. On a summer afternoon in London in 2012, I felt overwhelmed by the news images of my homeland. So I held my kanun and “Syrian Dreams” came out.”
Maya Youssef – kanun
Barney Morse-Brown – cello
Elizabeth Nott – percussions
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