Maya Youssef – Contemporary Kanun Player

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Maya Youssef, a contemporary musician whose instrument of choice is the “Kanun” pronounced (Kanoon) performed solo at St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London on October 25th 2014 sharing her musical talent and the versatility of her beautiful instrument.

Maya Youssef at St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London, UK Maya Youssef at St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London, UK

The Kanun: A very brief summary

The Kanoon is a plucked zither instrument played throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe. The total number of strings and tuning vary slightly from one region to another, as does the music played. However, regardless of region, there are three stings to a note.

The Artist and Performance

Maya’s performance at St. Ethelburga’s was very moving. She played various classical pieces that are very well known throughout the Arab world including, but not limited to, compositions by Fareed Al-Atrash and Mohammad Abdel Wahab; both revered composers in the Arab…

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