Basel Rajoub's Soriana

35-47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA


Basel Rajoub is a saxophonist and composer whose music celebrates the rich culture of Syria. In Soriana (which translate into “Our Syria”), he’s joined by qanun virtuoso Feras Charestan, percussionist Andrea Piccioni and the sublime voice of Lynn Adib. Part-composed, part-improvised, the programme uses the microtonal subtleties of Arab music to generate a sublime mix of spontaneity and control rooted in a 1000-year-old tradition of improvisation. The programme celebrates the artists’ cultural heritage and pays homage to the land that gave them the gift of musical knowledge. As Basel Rajoub puts it, ‘This music offers both gratitude and a gift to a homeland left behind.’