Wills Glasspiegel for NPR
Zikrayat Wills Glasspiegel for NPR
This concert felt like a step back in time, so it's no wonder that the name Zikrayat translates as memory. Led by violinist Simon Shumays, the music and dance ensemble specializes in smoky, evocative music from mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Shumays, who studied both Western classical music and Arabic maqam, and the other members of Zikrayat combine Arabic instruments like the nay (end-blown flute) and buzuq (long-necked flute) with violin and percussion to produce their own take on forgotten Egyptian films.