September 21 has been declared the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. TivoliVredenburg and the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble felt that too little attention was being paid to this very important day and decided to add luster to the day together.
During the previous edition, refugees performed as soloists. The concert received an honorable place in the top 10 of the most beautiful TivoliVredenburg moments of 2021. This year again it promises to be an impressive performance, with music from all over the world – especially from the places where peace is so needed right now.
The Tarab Choir in Rotterdam is an new international culturally diverse choir consisting of 35 members forming a new unity sharing joy, dedication and the love for Arabic Andalusian heritage: Muwashahaat. The choir is guided by director, musician and expert in Tarab, Majed Saraiedin.
The Chief Conductor Majed Sarai Edin in close cooperation with De Stadscoalitie, Verhalenhuis Belvédère & Het Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, formed the choir in the Netherlands in 2022. Its first official performance will take place on the 21st of September 2022 the International Day of Peace in Tivoli, Vredenburg Utrecht and the 22nd in Podium Mozaïek, Amsterdam.
From all over the Netherlands coming from seven different nationalities a group of musicians and performers gathered spurred by passion to perform compositions from the first half of the 20th century that were either forgotten or misrepresented through time.
TARAB the merging of music and emotional transformation is articulated in the concept of Tarab, it is rapture and the state of reaching a trance and oneness with the music which corresponds with our musical vision.
Maestro Majed Sarai Edin, Syrian Origin.
When he was a kid, he dreamed of becoming a famous musician since his family was all musicians and everything was all about music .
He devoted his entire life for studying music and was specialised in classical Arabic music.
He Graduated from the Institute of Teachers Preparation, Department of Music in Damascus in 1988, And graduated from the Higher Institute of Music with a specialty in Flute and leading Arab bands in 1995.
After graduation he worked as a teacher of the flute at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus between 1996 and 2004.
He was also a member of the Zenobia national band as a nay player.
He led the Arab Music Ensemble at the Higher Institute of Music for three years (1996-1999)
From 1993 until 1998 he was a member of the Syrian Symphony Orchestra as a flute player
After that he was appointed as the Head of the Arab Music Department at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus between 2000 and 2003.
He was also the Instructor of construction material at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art, and for three years (2000-2003) he remained a member of the Shabab Al-Watan Orchestra for Arab Music.
In 2003 he founded Ornina: his own arts center for music, theater and ballet.
In 2005, he founded the Orchestra Tarab, The Tarab Orchestra consists of 70 professional musicians and remained its leader until now and held many concerts in: Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, Egypt, with local and Arab teams and with the major stars of the Arab world.
Because of the all-destructive war in 2015 in Syria , he was forced to leave all these things behind. he has sacrificed his dreams and life as a musician to protect his family.
Yet he still has a dream to continue with what he has built up in Syria and to pass on my knowledge and experience to a younger generation of both immigrants and the people here.
TARAB choir aims to select compositions according to both artistic and historical value, not merely according to ancient relevance, apart from touristic folklore. The old Syrian composers, both acknowledged and unacknowledged, played a significant role in enriching the musical anecdotes.
Our endeavour today is to document and bring their masterpieces back to life and to heartily put them in the hands of the noble audience and musicians. This is motivated by a desire to contribute to the emergence of a new musical rebirth with authentic and profound roots, one that connects the present with our rich history and leads them both to a bright future.