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Songs We Carry

Saturday, September 7

7:00 P.M.

Songs We Carry is a collaborative project in which oud virtuoso Saied Silbak and multi-instrumentalist Ana Silvera explore common denominators between their musical heritage; the emotional melancholy of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and the rich maqams and intricate melodies of the Arabic song. Silbak and Silver convey family stories and stories about cultural traditions, and open up a world not only around the music, but also to the lives and cultures that shaped it.

Doors open at 19:00
Concert starts at 20:00
Free entrance

Ana Silvera is a renowned singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her family were Jewish refugees from the Spanish Inquisition who settled in Aleppo (then part of the Ottoman Empire) in the 18th century. The Ladino songs that Ana sings are part of the cultural heritage of Spanish-Jewish refugees, and have been sung in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean for centuries.

Saied Silbak is a Palestinian composer and oud player born in Shafaa`mr, a town located in the Lower Galilee in occupied Palestine. He began training in classical piano at the age of four, before switching to the oud in his early teens. He studied music and psychology at the University of Haifa and then completed his master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Artistically, he has created his own signature sound by combining Arabic, Turkish and Indian traditions with Western styles.

Together they have performed at, among others, the Royal Opera House, Vortex Jazz Club and Amare Den Haag, and now they are ready for Melahuset.