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Maurice Chedid Arabian Trio Featuring Layla Isis

Maurice Chedid Arabian Trio Featuring Layla Isis

Date(s) - 10/06/2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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37 S Moger Ave


44.24 USD
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Maurice Chedid Arabian Trio Featuring Layla Isis

MAURICE CHEDID: A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Mr Chedid studied at the Lebanese Conservatory of Middle Eastern Music, where he received a Diploma in the traditional Mouashahat, Oud Playing and Folk Singing. As a member of the Lebanese Folkloric Group, he toured internationally for four years as lead singer and oud player with the ensemble, and was a popular entertainer in nightclubs throughout Lebanon. Emigrating to the United States in the 1988, he soon became a popular singer/musician at weddings, festivals, and cultural events all over the US. He has been a headliner in Arabic nightclubs, and has performed in many prestigious venues, including the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. As a member of Atzilut, a ten-piece band which features Arabic and Jewish music, he travels to Europe every year to play in distinguished theaters such as the Royal Opera Theater in Denmark, and in many famous music and cultural festivals throughout Europe in the Concerts for Peace program. A prolific composer, he has composed and recorded many songs and dance compositions as well as the original musical score for the story-theater production of Banat el Emir or The Dancing Princesses. Mr. Chedid’s theatrical credits as musician also include Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for Lincoln Center. He is also the musical director and featured musician for Mosaic Dance Theater Company.


LAYLA ISIS is a renowned performer and instructor of Oriental Dance (Belly Dance). Established as one of the most highly sought after professional belly dancers in the NYC area, she has performed countless shows in the region and around the world across a wide array of platforms. Her performances have been described as “sophisticated and elegant – raising the level of the art form” and “refreshingly natural, fluid and dynamic.”

Layla started out in the early 2000s and quickly became a popular dancer in the NYC restaurant and nightclub circuit, often performing up to 10 shows a week. During this time she also toured with The Bellydance Superstars and starred in the DVD “Temptation of Bellydance”. She went on to collaborate with many esteemed dance and music ensembles in NYC including Zikrayat, Souren Baronian’s Taksim, and The Dalia Carella Dance Collective. She also co-produced a series of successful theatrical and live music events as the co-director of Entelechy Dance and The New York Oryantal Parti. Film and television appearances include Sex and the City 2, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dr. Oz, and Martin Scorsese’s HBO series “Vinyl”

Layla’s ability to uplift and connect with audiences through the joy and beauty of dance is a testament to her life’s purpose. Performing with live music is her favorite way to share this gift with the world. She currently performs full time for private events and offers private lessons and mentorship programs. You can contact her through her Instagram at @laylaisis


NABAWY grew up immersed in the Egyptian popular and classical music emanating from Mohamed Ali street, the Cairo neighborhood celebrated for its professional musicians, dancers and music stores. Nabawy has performed with superstar Egyptian dancers including Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Lucy and Fifi Abdou. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1990, he became a well-known figure in the New York City Arab music scene, performing regularly at venues such as “Cleopatra” and “Cedars of Lebanon”.


SAID FAHMY: Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Said has been playing percussion for more than thirty-five years. He has played with dancer Aida Nour and with singers such as Mohamed El Helwa, Ali Haggar, and Iman Darwish, the grandson of the great composer Said Darwish. He has toured with Kazem El Saher, and plays in clubs and on stages from Cairo to New York City. In addition to Tabla, Said is an expert at the Riq, Tabl Baladi, Dof and Sagat. You can find him playing at New York hot spots for Arabic music such as Layaly, the Nile restaurant in NJ and now at the Engine Room in midtown.

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