Lebanon’s Bassam Saba leads a highly regarded 30-member orchestra consisting mostly of non-Middle Easterners steeped in the Arabic musical tradition. Saba, a multi-instrumentalist whose main instrument is the nay (reed flute), composes works based on the Arabic classical repertoire and Lebanese folk music. He has also performed with everyone from Simon Shaheen and Yo-Yo Ma to Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, and Sting.
Fri., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 20, 2009