5th March 2021
Faith i Branko
Built from a foundation of ‘Serbian-Roma’ music, Faith i Branko’s original compositions draw from both of their musical heritages to communicate their intimate personal connection: ‘their music is as colourful, personal and tumultuous as their history’ [fRoots magazine, UK]. The duo met in Branko’s Serbian Roma village of Gornja Grabovica in 2009, and – with music as their only tool for communication – began a journey that would lead to the creation of their award-winning album ‘Gypsy Lover’, their marriage and their success in international touring and media. Branko taught himself the violin, which became a way out of the extreme health, social and economic problems through which he lived in Serbia; he created his own music – intuitively combining sounds of Jazz, Indian, Turkish and Classical music with his Roma traditions. Now based in London, the duo is currently touring with their quartet and quintet.
This concert was streamed online on 5th March 2021, with Faith i Branko joining us all the way from Serbia.
If you weren’t able to tune in or want to enjoy the event all over again, you can watch the concert in full here:
20th November 2020
Now based in the UK, Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Maya’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and Latin styles. It explores the emotional and healing qualities of music. For her, the act of playing music is the opposite of death and destruction; it is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world.
This concert was streamed live online on 20th November 2020.
Weren’t able to tune in? Or want to watch again? Good news – you can now see the full concert below!