Song Appetit with Yuval Ashkar
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About the Event
Fabulous musicians join us for dinner and give us an intimate opportunity to hear their story and their music.
Yuval Ashkar is a composer, Oud player, percussionist and a vocalist, trained under master Oud players Yair Dalal and Ghassan Harb. Yuval synthesises Turkish, Iraqi, Egyptian and Maghrebi influences into his oud playing, creating a distinctive style. With ancestry in Afghanistan, Iraq and Europe, he was born in Israel to an accomplished musical father; a master trumpet player who performed with Israeli orchestras worldwide.
7:00pm, Wednesday May 20 Tickets $15 through trybooking.com/BJBAV Purchase a ticket and you will get a copy of Yuval's suggested menu for the night, as well as the link to watch the show online.
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Yuval has been performing with his three-piece Alwan for over a decade. Formed in 2008 with Phil Carroll and Matt Stonehouse, Alwan has supported the Turkish musician Mercan DeDe at the Melbourne Art Center and was featured in the Aria Award winning Australian film ‘Ali’s Wedding’. Alwan was been featured at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Inaugural Triennial Exhibition, playing in Moroccan artist Hassan Hajaj’s Noss Noss tea house. Yuval has also performed regularly with his group Zourouna, a collaboration of traditional Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Sephardic, Iraqi music and original compositions. Zourouna have performed nationally and internationally, including as part of the 2018 Melbourne Rembetiko Festival, at the Recital Center.
Individually, Yuval featured in the Baroque trio Latitude 37’s second album, ‘Empires’, with whom he toured around Victoria and Tasmania. For the past three years He has also performed at the annual ‘Under the Olive Tree’ at the Melbourne Immigration Museum, a concert of Arabic and Jewish music. Yuval has played in Istanbul alongside Ladino singer Yasmin Levi.
For many years, Yuval was based in Byron Bay, where he worked with a range of excellent musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds including Jazz, classical, flamenco, Indian and African traditions such as, Greg Sheehan, Greg Lyons, The Romaniacs, Kurdish Earth, Anthony Coleman, Flamenco Fire and Latitude 37,Davd Jones ,Ben Robertson During his time based in Byron Bay, Yuval formed the contemporary Middle Eastern trio Camoon with Guy Madigan and Cleis Pierce, which performed in many festivals around Australia such as Woodford festival, Bellingen Global Carnival and Canberra National Folk Festival.
Yuval runs workshops for Middle Eastern singing, percussion and oud.