Cairo Steps releases Siwa, performed at Arabic Music Festival 2020, online – Music – Arts and Culture


Cairo Steps posted a new video of the performance of their original composition Siwa on YouTube and Instagram on Wednesday.

Performing with the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by Nayer Nagui, the concert took place as part of the Arab Music Festival (November 1-10, 2020) on the Nafura Stage, Cairo Opera House.

Siwa is one of Cairo Steps’ most popular compositions, composed by band leader and oud player Basem Darwisch. It has been performed many times in many places. The Minister of Culture, Inès Abdel Dayem frequently joined the ensemble playing the flute, one of the most important instruments carrying the melodic line in Siwa.

In the recently released video, the flute is played by Huda Abd Elazim.

Siwa is arranged for the orchestra by Mohamed Saad Basha.

In the video, the Cairo Opera Orchestra presents Basem Darwisch (oud), Rami Attallah (piano), Ragy Kamal (kanoun), John Sami (nay), Wael El Sayed (accordion), Huda Abd Elazim (flute ), Kareem Hossam (e-bass), Azeema (percussion), Hany Al Sawaf (req and duff), Mohamed Labib (saxophone), Jan Boshra (cello) and the violinists Emad Azmy, Shereen Azmy, Shady Abdelsalam, Nehad Gamaleldin.

Founded in 2002 in collaboration between Darwisch and German pianist Matthias Frey, Cairo Steps has performed extensively in Egypt and Germany, as well as on many other international stages.

The group brings together many musical genres – traditional Egyptian and Eastern grooves, Sufi traditions, Western classical music, European ethnic music and jazz improvisation – in one melting pot.

The final blend is a unique combination of compositions from both Eastern and Western musical cultures.

In 2018, their album Flying Carpet received the German Jazz Award Gold.

One of the last Cairo Steps concerts at the Cairo Opera House was among the most popular videos released by the Ministry of Culture on its YouTube channel in April 2020.

The concert was released shortly after the launch of “Culture Between Your Hands,” an initiative that began to bring audiences theatrical performances, concerts and other cultural events online amid the closing of theaters, concerts and other cultural events. cinemas and concert halls due to the coronavirus.

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