Jamarabia Live Music Sessions (Aleppo Tarab Re-imagined) – Elixir Festival 2024

Sat 13 April, 20:00
£17 + bf

“Tarab” is an Arabic word that describes a state of emotional transformation and bliss when one is wholly absorbed in music

Join us for an enchanting evening inspired by the Tarab repertoire of Aleppo in Syria, known internationally as the hub of Tarab in the Arab world for its distinct maqams and diverse lyrical styles. The concert will feature a selection of classical Arabic Tarab songs and poems re-arranged for audiences for the first time.

The evening will be led by Bassel Hariri (also known as USTAVI), a Syrian violinist from Aleppo, who is also the founder of Antika Culture & Diaspora and Jamarabia Live Music Sessions, bringing together the finest Arab artists in London.

The concert will constitute of two parts:

Tarab loops (USTAVI): Early 20th-century traditional pieces from Aleppo (mowashahat & Qudood) re-written and arranged for a solo violin.

Jamarabia Modern Takht: Iconic works from the Aleppo Mowashahat & Qudood repertoire re-arranged to be performed by Osama Kiwan a quartet (Violin, Piano, oud & percussion) and a lead singer.

This performance comprises three 10-15 minute sections (Waslat), each highlighting a unique Arab maqam from Aleppo city. The pieces showcase compositions by Syrian artists, including Omar Al-Batsh, Bakri Al-Kurdi, and Sabah Fakhri.

The evening is presented by Grand Junction, Arts Canteen, and Antika Culture & Diaspora as part of Elixir Festival 2024.



Bassel Hariri (violin)

Osama Kiwan (lead singer)

Hatem Kiwan (keys)

Hanin Kiwan (Percussions)

Tarek Alsayed (Oud)

Taim Saleh (Qanoun)

Theo Archer (Bass)



A Syrian violinist from Aleppo, who has dedicated his music career to exploring different avenues of expressing the sound of the Arab violin. His work spans across a wide array of experimental projects in different genres (Jazz, blues, folk & electronic).

Founder of “JamArabia” an international reach providing an open space for musical creativity that aims at exploring cultural diversity by bringing together professional and amateur artists to share their music and stories with music and art lovers across the globe. Through these jam sessions, he facilitates a space for creating fresh, authentic, and human-focused music while inducing dialogue that challenges all political and social norms and assumptions surrounding music making, especially in the Arab world, with a special interest in maqam, looping to engage more deeply with Arab maqam in a global context.


Arts Canteen

Established in 2010, we curate and produce events, exhibitions and festivals that support emerging, mid-career and established artists from the Arab world and surrounding regions, bringing their work to new audiences in the UK and beyond. We now have an international reputation for excellence and innovation in our work.

Date: Saturday 13 April 2024

Start Time: 20:00

Doors: 19:00

All tickets are unreserved seating, allocated on a first come first served basis. Please arrive early before the concert starts if you have preferred seats.

Bar:  Open from 19:00. We serve a selection of craft beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks that can be taken to your seat.

Length: approx. 2 hours

Tickets: £17 + bf

We recommend pre-booking tickets to guarantee entry. Booking on the door will result in an additional fee of £1.

Venue: Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Rowington Close, London W2 5TF

Closest Stations: Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City line) 0.3 miles

Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line) 0.4 miles

Paddington Station (National Rail services and Circle, District, Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City line, Elizabeth Line) 0.9 miles

Buses 18, 27, 28, 46 and 6 buses all stop nearby.