AL-MADAR is a new 5-piece instrumental project of the New York Arabic Orchestra, fronted by Bassam Saba. AL-MADAR features Bassam Saba's original compositions, melodies based on Arabic classical and Lebanese folk music, featured in a brand new context of rock and groove. The introduction of drumset and electric strings drives Saba's music with power and intensity, lifting and projecting Saba's ecstatic melodies and Arabic improvisation. AL-MADAR features Bassam Saba on oud, nay, flutes, buzuq/saz,
Timba Harris on trumpet, Gyan Riley on electric guitar, Brian Holtz on electric bass, and April Centrone on drumset and Arabic/world percussion. Special guests TBA.
"[The] result of the encounter of two worlds fertile, al-Madar Band is a synthesis of rock rhythms and melodies bathed in Arab insolent mastery of each instrument… Saba's rare agility and continuous flow on the nay [and] string solos create a warm comfort that makes you want to respond… seducing the audience to a standing ovation.” -L'orient Le Jour, Beirut Jazz Festival