Maya Youssef Album Launch: Combining extraordinary talent and dexterity, Maya Youssef crafts an innovative approach to playing the qanun, the traditional Syrian 78 stringed plucked zither famed for its penetrating and illustrious sound. For this artist, playing the instrument is a life and hope-affirming act that provides a space where harm and pain are not only hindered, but reversed. Launching her first album titled 'Syrian Dreams', it has been produced by Jerry Boys (the Grammy-winning engineer of the Buena Vista Social Club series) and overseen by renowned record producer Joe Boyd, to reveal a work of musical ingenuity, agility and finesse. Youssef will be supported by Basel Saleh of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, who is a renowned Syrian oud player, conductor and choir leader. Taking place on 20 November, 2017 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.