The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum continues the 34th season of its Wednesday Folk Traditions concert series with a performance from the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble on June 17, 2015. Performing the traditional music of the Arab world, Layaali is committed to preserving the rich legacy of Arabic culture through soulful vocals, hypnotic instrumental improvisations, electrifying percussion, and faithful renditions of master works. This and all other Wednesday Folk Traditions performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. General admission is $12, or $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. The Museum and its grounds is a smoke free site.
Layaali’s mission is to increase awareness of Arabic music and culture through concerts, recordings, workshops and lectures. The musicians come from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Morocco and include: Jamal Sinno (qanun and vocals), Mohammed Mejaour (nay), Boujemaa Razgui (oud and violin), and Michel Moushabeck (percussion). The ensemble’s dedication to Arabic music has earned them wide acclaim from both ethnomusicologists and audiences at sold-out performances throughout the U.S. and internationally. Members of the ensemble have performed at London’s Peacock Theatre, Singapore’s Victoria Theatre, Paris’s La Salle Gaveaux, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and churches and universities throughout the world.
Greta Scharnweber, Associate Director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University, says of Layaali, “It means so much in these difficult times to be able to stop and enjoy music – to forge a connection with the Arab World that is not tied to political strife and conflict, but instead highlights the artistic passion that is so characteristic of the region. Layaali is a shining example of how to inspire social change through cross-cultural understanding.”
For more information, visit Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble's website.