Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
Robert Browning Associates & Lotus Music & Dance in partnership with Brooklyn Maqam present
WAJDE AYUB Syrian Wasla - Soul Music of Syria
Wajde Ayub, born in Aleppo, is a classically trained Syrian mutrib (principal vocalist) who has been acclaimed for his exquisite and commanding renderings of wasla, an Arab musical suite that incorporates composed and improvised forms.
His performances are reminiscent of those of his mentor, the great Sabah Fakhri, and resonate with the musical ecstasy known as tarab, a heightened state of emotion similar to duende in flamenco. For over 25 years he performed with many of the major musical figures of Aleppo, and today is a leading proponent of the Syrian wasla in the US. His ensemble features a chorus and instrumentalists on ‘ud (lute), qanun (zither), nay (flute), violin, bass, cello and percussion.