Soundin' Off with Layale Chaker & Sarafand

At Peggy's Skylight


Seated dining from 7pm
Concert starts at 8pm
Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Meze Menu served until 9:30pm
Composed between Beirut, Paris and London over the past two years and recorded in New York over the summer of 2018, the album explores aesthetics of Arabic classical, vernacular and free verse poetry, using a musical language at the intersections of contemporary, jazz and Arabic Maqam music. “Inner Rhyme” was awarded the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture 2018 Grant.

Layale first became passionate about poetry through the prism of 40's and 50's Lebanese repertoire, and its' improvised oratory poetry, which is often considered in its' local culture as the pinnacle of musical expression. Listening to the voices of Zaghloul el Damour, (the Nightingale of Damour), Moussa Zgheib and Khalil Rukoz, as well as wedding chants, Sufi remembrance recitations (Zikr) and Syriac rituals, she marveled at the prominence and abundance of poetry and music in each and every aspect of Lebanese life.

Chaker went on to translate twelve classical Arabic poetic meters into rhythmical meters. Mapped through those rhythmical meters, but also through the fluidity of oral vernacular and free modern forms, “Inner Rhyme” unveils musical threads that aim to abstract language and focus on the physical contour of verses and the percussive sonority of the words. Beyond expression, the composition process captures the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry.

In a Circle Records was established in 2008 by Johnny Gandelsman, Grammy-winning producer and violinist. Most recent releases include Johnny’s debut recording, featuring complete solo works for violin by JS Bach, and Silkroad Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma’s album of music recorded for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary TV series, “The Vietnam War”.

Peggy's Skylight

3 George Street

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