Watch ‘The Dawn’ from Live at the Dubai Opera!

Posted on April 15th, 2017


Composed, arranged and performed by Sami Yusuf
Dastgāh/Mode: Shūr-Aeolian

‘Dawn’ begins our journey into the soul of Sami Yusuf’s repertoire. Masterfully arranged, this original composition by Sami Yusuf incorporates both Eastern and Western modal systems. A seamless marriage of the Orient and the Occident (representing Sami Yusuf’s own identity), it pushes through boundaries and incorporates instruments from the eastern and western parts of the Islamic world. We hear the distinct sounds of Persia, Egypt, Syria, the far east to China, then move west to Greece and Andalusia. The sounds join at times yet each individual land’s voice is heard. On this musical odyssey we perceive that the love of the sacred unites us all and that our destinies are intertwined.

PERFORMERS (From right to left):

Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf, Bendir, Dayre & vocals
Ömer Avci: Dohol, Bendir, Kudum & vocals
Abbas Karacan: Bass Darabuka, Bendir & Tef
Selim Boyaci: Oud & vocals
Mustafa Olgan: Qanun & vocals
Seyed Ali Jaberi: Tanbour, Tar & vocals
Türker Dinletir: Ney, Zourna & vocals
Adem Tosunoglu: Baglama, Tanbur, Kemançe & vocals
Farshad Mohammadi: Santoor & vocals
Jon Lawton: Classical Guitar, Tanbour & vocals


Sami Yusuf: Vocal, Piano, Tar, Oud & Tonbak

Backing Vocalists (From the right):

Sami Mohammad Ahmad Alhaj: Bass
AbdulRazzak Barma: Baritone
Abeer El Sayed Ahmad: Mezzo-Soprano
Nancy Al Baltaji: Contra-Alto