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Labyrinth Ensemble with Lamia Yared


Labyrinth Ensemble with Lamia Yared

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 8 pm

Please note: guests ages 12 and up will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, along with ID, to attend this event. Go here for more information about the Museum's proof of vaccination policy. 


With its sparkling acoustics and immaculate sightlines, the Aga Khan Museum’s intimate Auditorium will be the glorious setting for the inaugural full-group performance of the Labyrinth Ensemble.


This group of 14 stellar musicians is dedicated to experimenting with and promoting sonic traditions from Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and beyond. Most if not all ensemble members are engaged with more than one musical tradition, opening up unlimited possibilities for creation and collaboration.


Spotlighted during the concert will be the impassioned vocals of Lamia Yared, the first-ever Labyrinth Ontario artist-in-residence. Born in Lebanon and raised in Montreal, Lamia Yared has transfixed audiences with her soulful explorations of traditional Turkish and Arabic musical styles. As part of her residency, she is bringing her extensive knowledge to the Ensemble, coaching and performing together with her fellow musicians.


Performing as part of the Labyrinth Ensemble for the group's inaugural performance will be:


Sadaf Amini — santur
Yang Chen — percussion/hand drums
Burak Ekmekci — baglama
Michael K. Harrist — yayli tanbur
Pedram Khavarzamini — tombak
Roa Lee — gayageum
Naomi McCarroll-Butler — saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, sallow flute/konvovka
John McKinnon — bass
Scott Peterson —  bass
Araz Salek — tar
Marta Solek — cello, Greek lyra, plock fiddle
Tev Stevig — tanbur, oud
Aysel Taghi-Zada — violin
Amely Zhou — erhu
Lamia Yared — voice, oud, bendir

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