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Bookshop Music Series: Art of the Nay with Layaali Arabic Music Duo Mohammed Mejaour and Michel Moushabeck
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
The Bookshop Music Sessions is an inspiring music series at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. Come listen to creative live music while surrounded by beautiful new books! Arrive early to shop (20% off in-store books for audience starting at 6pm) and support this independent bookstore. Tickets $10 cash only ($6 for students & seniors), all ticket $ goes directly to the musicians. Reserve tickets: in person at the Odyssey Bookshop, by calling 413-534-7307, or by emailing
A Palestinian, born and raised in Beirut, Michel Moushabeck is a versatile percussionist with over 40-years experience in tabla, riqq, and daff performance. In addition to classical Arabic, he is comfortable playing a variety of musical styles from jazz to flamenco to Afro-Cuban congas. Michel came to the U.S. in 1979, attended New York University, and has since performed at notable concert halls worldwide. He has been the lead percussionist for the Boston-based Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble since 1992. He played riqq, tabla and daff on the music soundtrack of an award-winning BBC/WGBH documentary on Islam, which aired as part of the series The People's Century. His recording credits include two albums: Lost Songs of Palestine and Folk Songs and Dance Music from Turkey and the Arab World. He is the founder of the Northampton-based Interlink Publishing and the author of several books. He makes his living as an editor and publisher and lectures frequently on Arabic music and literature.
Moroccan born nay (reed flute) player, percussionist, and flute maker, Mohammed Mejaour is a brilliant exponent of the Arabic classical repertoire and a leading interpreter of contemporary works. He is known for bringing the nay’s hauntingly beautiful sounds to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe for over four decades. Born into a musical Berber family, he was taught rhythm (playing spoons) and chant by his mother at the age of five. He joined the House of Youth Ensemble at age eight and in his teens he earned his living as a street performer and storyteller. Since moving to the U.S. in 1981, he has toured with many leading vocalists and Middle Eastern ensembles and is a 25-year member of the Boston-based Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble, with whom he recorded Lost Songs of Palestine.