Layale Chaker

Moonchild

Songs from the Hinder Sea

About the work

Moonchild: Songs from the Hinder Sea” is a work that explores the Baroque and Renaissance soundscape on different shores of the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting contrasts and similarities between seemingly disparate cultures, going back to their shared birthplace; that Hinder Sea - one of the Mediterrenean Sea's older denominations.

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Instrumentation:

for improvising soloist and baroque orchestra

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BACKGROUND

Date of composition:

2018

Commissionner:

Newlands Festival

Performances:

Premiere in September 2018, with Holland Baroque, Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Lebanese violinist and composer Layale Chaker's musical world lies at the intersection of classical contemporary music, Jazz, Arabic Music, and improvisation. Her music, described as "entrancing", "innovative and vibrant", "pure poetry", and "gorgeous", defies genre while feeling perfectly at home in jazz, world, and classical festivals and series in major venues worldwide. As a violinist and composer, she has received commissions and presented performances and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia, as a soloist and with her ensemble Sarafand.

Layale released the album Inner Rhyme on In a Circle Records in 2019 with Sarafand. Dedicated to the sounds, rhythms, rhymes, shapes and forms of Arabic poetry, Inner Rhyme has been lauded by Songlines, NPR, the BBC Music Magazine, The New York Times, The Strad, Strings Magazine, and Jazz World, among others.

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