Matthew Barley/Cellist

Without music, life would be an error.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Abu Dhabi International

Just started a project with Between The Notes and 32 young musicians in Abu Dhabi for the Festival – I think it’s our most international group ever: as well as students from the UAE, we have participants from Portugal, Poland, Syria, Canada/Russia, Philippines, Japan/New Zealand, Germany/Ireland, Indonesia, Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, India, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam/Australia, Egypt and the UK! What a fantastic group! We have several Arabic instruments as well as Western orchestral ones and guitars and keyboards, which is fun, and are halfway through the creative process with some exciting new music to perform at the Emirates Palace on Saturday night. Music is certainly being a unifying force for good, bringing together such a group of people from all over the world to create and perform.

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