For our last lawn concert of the season, we're delighted to present Zay-Tunes with dancers Sahina and friends.
Zay-Tunes is an ensemble of western Mass. musicians playing music of the Middle East. Their name is a pun on the Arabic word for olives (zeytoun).
Zay-Tunes features Bob Davis of Pittsfield on oud, his son Matt on doumbek, Dan Muscat on viola and kanun, Amanda Turk on percussion and Joe Blumenthal on bass.
Joining the band will be belly dancers Sahina and friends.
From the Berkshire Eagle:
Bob Davis is of Lebanese descent and has a deep appreciation of Arabic music. He plays the oud, a pear-shaped 12-string fretless instrument similar to a lute, as well as the riq, which is similar to a tambourine. His musical abilities expand to include many other instruments including the violin, accordion, and drum.
Davis has played with numerous musical groups and has traveled to other countries as part of musical contingents. On one occasion, he traveled to Lebanon to perform at a wedding, he said.
"Arabic instruments are the 'mother instruments,' " Davis said, noting the link between an 81-string qanun and an 88-key piano.
FREE for everyone! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring the kids.
In case of bad weather, the concert will take place in the Coolidge Museum on the second floor of Forbes Library.
Free parking is available after 6 PM in the library lot and after 5 PM at the Smith College parking garage, in the white spaces only.
Funding for this and other library programs is provided by the Friends of Forbes.