SOAS Showcase, in collaboration with SOAS Radio
St Mary’s Music Hall has teamed up with SOAS radio to bring you a night celebrating beautiful music from around the world and featuring SOAS alumni. The concert will be broadcast live on SOAS radio and will feature ‘in conversation with’ interviews with the artists between sets.
Reylon plays the yangqin, a percussive string instrument also known as the Chinese hammered dulcimer. With fifteen years of training in Chinese classical repertoire, his experience now spans a range of styles, including classical crossover, indie folk, and experimental improvisation. After winning multiple U.S.-based competitions, Reylon became the first American to enter a professional yangqin competition in China and won a silver prize at the 2014 Baotou International Dulcimer Arts Festival. In the following year, he began collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and has since performed with them in the U.S., Canada, and China at various venues, including TED 2016 and Lincoln Center. He also appeared as a featured artist on their 2017 GRAMMY Award-winning album, "Sing Me Home."
As a biracial Chinese American, Reylon cherishes the opportunity he has to engage with his heritage through music. Through performance and composition, he hopes he can question the widespread assumption that China and the West are mutually exclusive.
Yara Salahiddeen (& Oxford Maqam)
Yara Salahiddeen is a singer of classical and folkloric Arabic song.
Whilst growing up in the UK, she explored Arabic culture and language through music, dance, film and poetry.
She developed a passion for the Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese and Iraqi singers of the 1950s and 60s. Other early interests included Tunisian hadhra and Egyptian tawasheeh.
She has completed a Masters programme in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, London and is interested in the music of the Nahda (Renaissance) era.
Plus more artists to be announced!
SOAS Radio is an online radio station and production company based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
They work with students and academics to produce radio programmes, sharing the knowledge of SOAS with a world-wide audience and helping students engage directly with the parts of the world they are studying.
The station produces speech and music programmes working with students, staff and like-minded communities, and contributions from leading international figures in education, politics, the arts and the media. Notable recordings include the former Prime Minister of Mozambique Luisa Diogo, Noam Chomsky, Fatima Bhutto, Bollywood director Yash Chopra, Entrepreneur Danny Choo, Manu Chao, Amadou and Mariam and Jarvis Cocker. Zeinab Badawi, BBC Presenter said: “As both a broadcast journalist and a SOAS alumna, I’m pleased to see the growth of SOAS Radio. It’s an outlet for the incredible diversity of voices at the School as well as a much-needed training ground for the next generation of broadcasters.”