Ana Silvera & Saied Silbak - Songs We Carry

Contemporary Ladino and Arabic life songs
Sun 26 Mar 16:00 - 17:15
Sun 26 Mar '23
16:00 - 17:15
  • Sun 26 Mar '23
    16:00 - 17:15
    Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag

English singer-songwriter Ana Silvera and Palestinian oud virtuoso / singer Saied Silbak join forces to explore the common ground between their heritages – the emotive melancholy of Ladino songs that exiled Judeo-Spanish communities carried with them as they dispersed across Europe and the Ottoman Empire; and the rich Maqams and intricate melodies of Palestinian song. In this beautiful debut collaboration, these traditional songs are reworked for contemporary times to magical effect. 

About Ana Silvera

The first release since her much-lauded ‘Oracles’ live album (Guardian Critics’ Pick 2018; “a rare commitment to art” - CLASH), singer-songwriter Ana Silvera now releases studio album ‘The Fabulist’ on the 22 April 2022, produced with award-winning multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver (BBC Folk Awards, Mercury Prize) and featuring stellar musicians including LA-based singer-songwriter Alan Hampton (Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird) and double bassist Jasper Høiby (Phronesis, Planet B).

Known for her lyrical, emotive alt-folk and bluegrass stylings, works of ‘lavish, vivid imagination’ (Metro), Ana has helmed a number of tours and collaborations over the past decade with notable British contemporaries including Imogen Heap, Olivia Chaney, Jim Moray, Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy), Maya Youssef, Mara Carlyle, Max de Wardener and Aidan O’Rourke (LAU).

About Saied Silbak

Saied Silbak is a Palestinian composer and Oud player born in Shafaa`mr, a city located in the lower Galilee of Palestine. He began training in classical piano at the age of four, before moving onto the oud in his early teens in order to delve deep into the nuances at the base of Arabic music. 

Silbak went on to train at the Beit Almusica Conservatoire where he later taught, before studying Music and Psychology at the university of Haifa and then completing his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is currently based. 

He has a unique understanding of different types of music, from Arabic, Turkish and Indian to classical Western styles. Silbak’s signature sound, created through his artful ability to fuse these styles together, has seen him perform around the world at festivals and concert series in the UK, Belgium, France, Palestine, Morocco, Argentina and beyond.

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Vocals, keys, guitar, electronics: Ana Silvera   
Vocals, oed: Saied Silbak