Ahlan wa Sahlan


for Orchestra, Vocalist, and Oud
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Ahlan wa Sahlan

for Orchestra, Vocalist, and Oud

Ahlan wa Sahlan

By John Psathas, Oum El Ghait, Kyriakos Tapakis

1. Ahlan Wa Sahlan (soloists Oum el Gait, Kyriakos Tapakis) 6:30

2. Hijra (soloists Oum el Gait, Kyriakos Tapakis) 6:00

3. Achalino (soloist Kyriakos Tapakis) 5:30

4. Freedom• (soloists Oum el Gait ) 6:00

5. Dhakira (soloists Oum el Gait, Kyriakos Tapakis) 6:00

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa

To mark the 5th anniversary of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents a unique collaboration promoting unity and peace through music.

Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, and featuring powerful Moroccan vocalist Oum and oud virtuoso Kyriakos Tapakis, the NZSO performs works from Valerie Coleman, Reza Vali, Arvo Pärt, and the world premiere of a new work from acclaimed Aotearoa composer John Psathas, ONZM.

Psathas’ Ahlan wa Sahlan, composed in collaboration with Oum and Tapakis, uses the Arabic welcome greeting to let people know they are in a place where they belong.
Beyond Words
is a symphonic expression of solidarity and peace performed as a prelude to Unity Week.


Valerie Coleman - Umoja, Anthem of Unity

Oum - Daba

Reza Vali - Four Movements For String Quartet And String Orchestra / Mvt. III: Funebre

Kyriakos Tapakis - Mantilatos

Arvo Pärt - Silouans Song (My Soul Yearns after the Lord…)

John Psathas - Ahlan wa Sahlan (New Commission)

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