Aliya Cycon Project

Album release concert

Aliya Cycon Project

Thu · August 24, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

Aliya Cycon Project
Aliya Cycon Project
Aliya Cycon Project is founded and led by the first female 'oud player to graduate Berklee College of Music. Cycon's jazzy and soulful compositions combine characteristics of traditional Arabic music to create an unforgettable East-meets-West experience, and seeks to uplift and inspire listeners.
Along with leading the band on her 'oud and voice, she composes and arranges all their repertoire. The band members represent many different countries and cultures, including Iran, Dominican Republic and Palestine. As a natural result, the group’s sound has taken on aspects of each member’s cultures.
Each of her compositions create original twists on traditional rhythms and melodies which characterize Arabic music. Some pieces are up-tempo as they dance through intriguing rhythmic patterns, while others are deep and introspective and seduce listeners through repetitive melodic motives. She often performs on her Godin electric oud, furthering the fusion of traditional and contemporary.
The music of ACP has been likened to that of Middle Eastern mavericks such as Ziad Rahbani and Charbel Rouhana, and the band has opened for major world music artists including Amir el-Saffar and Vieux Farka Toure. Downbeat Magazine described their first album as "an alluring, shimmering dance between world pop and traditional Arabic music." (Frank John Hadley, March 2016). Their second album, Prayer, will be released in late August 2017.
ACP brings to life Cycon’s long held goal of making accessible the lilting charm of Arabic music to a broader audience of both Easterners and Westerners, musicians and non. ACP aims to salute the rich tradition and step just outside its colorful borders.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301