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Maya Youssef

Maya’s virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, a traditional Syrian instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.

The Kanun is a traditional Syrian, 78 stringed plucked zither. It also exists in the rest of the Arab world, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan but in slightly different forms. The Arabic word ‘kanun’ translates as ‘The Law’. The reason behind that is that the kanun sets the pitch at traditional ensembles as well as leading it in some cases.

Expect a mesmerising performance from a musician who is truly at the top of her game.