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Layale Chaker + Adam Maalouf

Spiral Music

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Museum’s spiral staircase. This week violinist Layale Chaker and percussionist Adam Maalouf are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.

Presented in partnership with Golden Drum


About the Musicians


Layale Chaker (violin) began her musical training at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon. She later pursued her musical studies at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and she is currently working towards her doctoral degree at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Layale has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser, and composer in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Asia, including major festivals such as the Alderburgh Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Impuls Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn, and Avignon Festival.

She debuted her first violin concerto with the Bayreuther Philharmoniker as the orchestra’s first-ever commissioned composer in January 2018. As a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan, she performs in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Colon, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie de Paris, Salzburg Festspiele, and the Philharmonie Berlin among others. She is a Ruth Anderson 2017 Competition Prize winner and a finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé 2018 Prize.

Adam Maalouf (percussion) has a unique musical style, channeled through genre-bending compositions for solos and ensembles that incorporate musicians from around the globe. As a dedicated music student, Adam has traveled through Europe, India, and the Middle East to study under renowned percussion masters, and in 2013 he received his BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. As a teacher, he regularly hosts workshops and retreats in New York and North Carolina and hopes to bring cultures together through his teachings and performances. Adam performs regularly as a solo artist and with his world music project Future Tribe.