Gaida and her all-star band will present soulful upbeat songs combining the depth of emotions and joy found in Arabic music. Appearing with her core group of world class musicians, Zafer Tawil - Oud & percussions, Jennifer Vincent - Bass, and George Dulin - Piano, will be Saxophone virtuoso, Yuri Yunakov, intoxicating Percussionist, Will Soliman and the rapturous Egyptian-style dancer, Sherine Khatoun.
Vocalist and songwriter, Gaida, is celebrated for her impeccable musical intuition and velvety yet crystalline voice. The wide range of musical styles heard within her music flow together organically and naturally transcending genre and drives directly into the listener's heart.
Called the "Syrian Nightingale," Gaida "evokes the emotional storminess of legendary singers like Warda and Om Kalthoum," but her remarkable abilities to improvise and expand on traditional Arabic maqams "suggest all new exotic possibilities." Together with her band, composed of all star Balkan, Latin, Arabic, and Jazz musicians, prepare to be transported via their moving and uplifting compositions inspired by their diverse backgrounds and cultural influences
Gaida and her band have been featured in major films, including Jonathan Demme’s 2008 drama, “Rachel Getting Married.” They have recorded with Robyn Hitchcock, Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo on the sound track for Jimmy Carter: Man from the Plains, a 2007 American documentary film written and directed by Jonathan Demme and have performed in prestigious national venues like the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and many world music festivals. Most recently, Gaida performed at the Givenchy show during New York Fashion Week, and recorded for Anne Hathaway’s play, "Grounded." Gaida composed and supervised the music for the documentary, A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans.
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“Gaida’s voice is a warm and precise instrument.”– The New Yorker
"Syrian songstress, Gaida, is one of the most effusive or charming singers in the New York world music scene,” … “entrancing and luscious.” - Timeout New York
"Exquisite" - Huffington Post
Gaida’s “plaintive, gauzy vocals effectively disarmed listeners, she improvised incantatory lines as an accomplished jazz vocalist might have done.” - Chicago Tribune