From the beginning, it was part of Daniel Barenboim’s vision to make the Pierre Boulez Saal “a home for Arab and Persian music in Europe.” Artists from the countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa have been a major part of the program ever since, opening up ever-expanding perspectives on their rich musical traditions.
During the season’s first quarter, the Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran makes its Pierre Boulez Saal debut performing a program that combines traditional maqamat, Spanish-Arabic music, and improvisation. Syrian singer and oud player Waed Bouhassoun, heard here in previous years, is joined by ney virtuoso Moslem Rahal. Composer Sohrab Pournazeri and singer Sahar Boroujerdi, who both hail from Iran, open a concert series that accompanies a new exhibition at the Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. In their Concert for Children and Adults, recorder virtuoso Stefan Temmingh and oud player Bakr Khleifi embark on a musical journey through different cultures by way of their folk songs.