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Double Duo – NCEM York – 14 April

I’m down again at the National Centre for Early Music in York looking after tonight’s concert – Double Duo.

Part of the Making Tracks world music series the performance is described as ‘Double Conversations for Oud & Percussion’ and it sounds like it will be a fascinating concert.

The NCEM website says:

Innovative, energetic and playful, the Double Duo is a new project created by London based oud player Khyam Allami, with highly respected Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al-Khatib, extraordinary percussionist Youssef Hbeisch and Italian frame drum master Andrea Piccioni.

Commissioned by Making Tracks, the two duos of oud and percussion will present original repertoire and arrangements developed especially for this project. Using the Maqam modal system as a basis, DoubleDuo combine their breathtaking instrumental skills through sensitive, dynamic improvisations, infusing the soulful, melancholic beauty of Arabic classical performance with a myriad of rich musical influences. From delicate interlocking nuances to high-energy improvised flourishes, it is a pure display of inspiring communication and world-class musicianship.

There is also a video clip on the NCEM site which is worth a look.

The Double Duo website is here.

(Also … if you are not sure what an oud is you can check here ;0)

So now you have read up  – there are still tickets available for tonight and if this sounds like your cup of tea (or you fancy something different) doors open around 7!

Hope to see you.