Layth Sidiq Ensemble: Maqam Mosaics (RBA)
The extraordinary award-winning violinist/composer/educator Layth Sidiq brings together an outstanding ensemble of musicians in an eclectic program that highlights the beauty and diversity of the Arabic maqam (mode). The group, featuring Layth Sidiq (violin, vocal), Jacinta Clusellas (guitar), John Murchison (bass) and Jeremy Smith (percussion), will perform Layth’s original compositions as well as distinctive arrangements of beloved melodies from the Arab world. From instrumental improvisations (taqasim) that travel between multiple maqamat to complex rhythmic cycles and harmonic structures, the program will be a journey into the past, present and future of Arabic music. Layth is the current artistic director of the New York Arabic Orchestra and has shared the stage with such major artists as Simon Shaheen, Javier Limon, Danilo Perez, and Tigran Hamasyan, to name a few. He has also collaborated with Carnegie Hall on multiple educational projects and currently travels the world to present his music in renowned festivals and cultural institutions.