Oriental and Mediterranean music culture
The ancient coastal town of Ugarit (in present-day Syria) holds one of the greatest treasures of musical culture: it was here that the first musical notation in the form of a clay tablet was found, dating from around 3400 BC.
In the spirit of the musical history traditions and culture, the Ugarit Band brings together six musicians from Syria, Greece and Germany to in order to meld the traditions of Arabic music, music from the Mediterranean region, and classical European music, to create something new. Each musician brings their own music culture to the band and puts the traditions of their instrument into a new context. Here is where the Arabic Oud and Kanun meet the European Flute, and Oriental style violin meets the Electric Bass. The Ugarit Band plays traditional in a new way.
The program of the band is selected and arranged by Walid Kathba. The members of the band, Walid Khatba (violin), Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff (flute), Eleanna Pitsikaki (kanun), Hesham Hamra (oud), Simon Zauels (electric bass) and Youssef Laktina (percussion), have already performed in famous concert halls and at renowned festivals all over the world. The band members have performed at the Istanbul Jazz Festival, the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall London, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, the Hamburg Elbe Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Open Jazz, and they have toured around the world such as in Argentina, Dubai, Japan, and Madagascar. The musicians of the Ugarit Band have performed with renowned orchestras such as the Syrian National and Syrian Philharmonic Orchestras, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Mauritius Opera, and the Gorillaz Band.
The band connected through Bridges - Musik verbindet, an intercultural initiative in Frankfurt, Germany. Bridges - Musik verbindet has been bringing together musicians with and without migration and refugee backgrounds since 2016 and is committed to promoting non-European music culture and diversity in Germany.