World @ Midday: The Canadian Arabic Orchestra

When:
October 12, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
2017-10-12T12:30:00-04:00
2017-10-12T14:30:00-04:00
Where:
Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building, York University
83 York Boulevard
Toronto
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Judy Karacs
647-459-0701

THE CANADIAN ARABIC ORCHESTRA

The idea of combining the Western and Eastern musical worlds started out in 2009 by Lamees Audeh and Wafa Al Zaghal who performed as a duo of the piano and the qanun – the two major instruments of both musical cultures.

This idea was explored further by creating fusion music that combined Western and Eastern musical elements and a lot of the music performed by the orchestra now is a continuation and an elaboration on this main idea.

Between 2009 and 2014 more musicians were brought in and the group became the Canadian Arabic Ensemble. However, due to the fact that an Arabic music ensemble has no Western instruments and is called a “Takht” – whereas the Western classical ensembles have numerous names based on the number of instruments used – it was agreed upon to name the ensemble The Canadian Arabic Orchestra (CAO), and make the number of musicians who wish to enter unlimited.