Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF), the UK’s longest running festival of Arab arts and culture, returns in July 2021 for its 23rd edition. The multi-artform programme of live and online events is an artist-led response to the complexities of the climate emergency in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region today.
The host for this show is Laura Marie Brown, Creative Producer at Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in conversation with Palestinian Composer and Oud player, Saied Silbak, who brings Songs from Palestine to Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room on Sunday 26 September.
Saied Silbak is a musician born in Shafaa`mr, a city located in the lower Galilee of occupied Palestine. He began training in classical piano at the age of four, before moving onto the oud in his early teens in order to delve deep into the nuances at the base of Arabic music. Silbak went on to train at the Beit Almusica Conservatoire where he later taught, before studying Music and Psychology in Haifa and then completing his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has a unique understanding of different types of music, from Arabic, Turkish and Indian to classical Western styles. Silbak’s signature sound, created through his artful ability to fuse these styles together, has seen him perform around the world at festivals and concert series in the UK, Belgium, France, Palestine, Morocco, Argentina and beyond.
He chooses a list of tracks that have inspired him from Arab music, taking you across the MENA region.
You can get tickets for the event here: https://www.arabartsfestival.com/events/songs-from-palestine/