Fityan Band Concert


12.11.2018 at 08:00 p.m. | National Theater-Mannheim

The Arabic bamboo flute Nay has a humble exterior while bearing a surprisingly large variety of sounds. Mohamad Fityan's Nay purrs, whispers, screams, stutters and sings, telling stories of Orient and Occident. He performs with virtuosity, changing from time to time to romantic, soulful melodies.

The electrical guitar grounds the music by building an antipole to the flute - with or without the help of electrical effects. This pairing is complemented by the wood sound of the double bass joining with the drums to form the foundation for excellent composing. However, the musicians also purposely leave room for Fityan's music to happen in the moment, room for interaction and improvisation.

The band's play is light-footed; they have developed an airy sound with divers and complex grooves showing rather a rock music attitude. Fityan also likes to add to this sound cosmos other Arabic flutes, for example Kawala, or percussion effects. The band's repertoire contains own compositions and elements of folklore. At the latest when Fityan, a Syrian, sings the Bavarian "Zwiefacher", you see that this band knows no limits.

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