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Classical music meets Arabic.

This week, the Danish Chamber Players have a visit from the Danish-Palestinian oud virtuoso, Bilal Irshed.

Bilal's music, with roots in the Middle East, meets the ensemble's classical instruments and way of playing together. The project, which is part of our "New Beats" series, is inspired by the cultural encounters that took place between Arab and Western culture in Andalusia in the 12th-1400th centuries. In between Bilal's numbers at the concert, the Ensemble plays classical pieces that have roots in the Mediterranean and spring from the musical language we usually have in the repertoire.

In the Danish Chamber Players, we think it is exciting to meet in music across traditions and cultures.

Can we help expand the boundaries of what a classical chamber concert is?

Throughout the week, the house has resounded with a musical melting pot. Bilal's music tells stories and he himself helps to make stories with his music.

When we open up our musicality and find a common "melody" in the fusion with other musical worlds, new stories emerge and the world becomes bigger.

Watch video clips from the concert and listen on DR P2 from Thursday 29/11, when the concert is broadcast.

Bilal Irshed sample
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