duo al-khayyat & thiele

“Ahlam Babiliyya – Babylonian Dreams” – modern iraqi maqam

english coming soon …

Saif Al-Khayyat – oud
Nora Thiele – oriental percussion

“Many are the illustrious artists who have taken it upon themselves to modernise and expand classical Arab music: Marcel Khalifé, the Joubran siblings, Mahmoud Turkmani and Dhafer Youssef, Rabih Abou-Khalil (…) ‘Ahlam Babiliyya’ can hold its own amongst such company. It is sure not only to delight enthusiasts and connoisseurs of Arab music, but to help to introduce this music to new listeners too. The album issues a convincing riposte composed of music and poetry to counter the savagery that is sadly widespread in today’s Mesopotamia.”
“zenith” Zeitschrift für den Orient, Sept/Oct 2014, Veit Rasshofer

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