RIHAB AZAAR // 06.04.2023

Rihab Azaar

Syrian oud player, graduate of the conservatoire of Damascus (2014). Recognised by Arts Council England as a musician with Exceptional Promise (2016). MA in Music Education, UCL (2018) and a Chevening scholar (2015).

Rihab was the first woman oudist to perform accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (2014).  Strongly influenced by Middle-Eastern music, as well as frequently collaborating with musicians, ensembles and orchestras with different genre focuses, Rihab has played and written music for projects involving story telling, visual arts, TV programmes, radio and theatre plays.

Rihab is Wigmore Hall’s Trainee Music Leader 2022-2023 and Lambeth  Music Service’s Tutor Diversity Ambassador 2021-2022

Her playing was described as “infinitely tender and haunting”- The Arts Desk and her appearance in ENF2021 was described as a “Highlight” – The Guardian.

Beth

Beth is a percussionist whose recent performing credits include; The Mirror and the Light (West End for RSC), Inala (West End and international tour), Amadeus and Common at The National Theatre and Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Henry V (dep) and Othello, at Shakespeare’s Globe. She has performed and recorded with bands including Bring Me the Horizon, Alter Bridge and Alt J, and has recently performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Paraorchestra and her percussion group Beaten Track Ensemble.

Beth teaches percussion at Junior Trinity Laban and has delivered workshops for the London Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Proms, and Britten Pears Arts, amongst others. She trained as a workshop leader on the Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader Scheme 2014-15. She is passionate about equal opportunity in music education and is an advocate for gender equality amongst instrumentalists. She held a roundtable discussion at the Wigmore Hall in March 2019, is a Creative Associate with SWAP’ra (Supporting Women and Parents in Opera), a trustee with the National Children’s Orchestra, winner of the ABO RPS Salomon Prize 2021, and founder of Gender and the Large and Shiny Instruments.

Beth is currently working towards a practitioner level qualification in coaching and works as a mentor for Aldeburgh Young Musicians, UK Music Masters and Music Mark.

The Guernsey Performance

Rihab (on oud) and Beth (on percussion) will be sharing classical and contemporary pieces of music from different Middle-Eastern and North African countries such as Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and more). The programme will feature several maqams (“modes”) and time signatures that are unique to the Arabic music canon.

The duo will also be performing a few of Rihab’s original compositions which have been described as “unique and unconventional” in how they present the oud in a fresh, playful, curious way whilst still preserving the core techniques and sound characteristics that have come to give the oud its unique presence worldwide.

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Event: 06.04.2023 // 7pm

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