Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends featuring The Wedding Orchestra for Middle Eastern Music

Diva: Celebrating Oum Kalthoum


120min including intermission

Her fame can be compared to that of Maria Callas: Oum Kalthoum (1904– 1975) was arguably the most influential musician of the Arabic world of the 20th century. Her gift was her ability to transport her audience into a kind of trance through phenomenal improvisations.

“Diva: Celebrating Oum Kalthoum” is an ode to the heritage of this legendary Egyptian singer and the first project of The Wedding Orchestra for Middle Eastern Music in collaboration with singer and performer Ruth Rosenfeld. The orchestra is an initiative of the director Ariel Efraim Ashbel that brings together professional musicians from all over the world. It aims at strengthening the links between old and new residents of Berlin and establishing an opportunity for performing Middle Eastern music at a high professional level in contexts where it would usually not be heard.  



Idea, Concept, Director: Ariel Efraim Ashbel / Musical Director: Alexey Kochetkov / Visuals: Alona Rodeh / Singer: Ruth Rosenfeld / Guest Singer: Husam Al Ali / Orchestra: The Wedding Orchestra for Middle Eastern Music / Valentina Bellanova, Lee Caspi, Penelope Gkika, Hogir Göregen, Serkan Ky, Peter Kuhnsch, Lorenz Mase, Wassim Mukdad, Or Rozenfeld, Adel Sabawi, Serdar Saydan, Ahmet Tirgil, Hamza Qabbani / Sound: Guy James Cohen / Lights: Joseph Wegmann / Production: björn & björn / Thanks to: Sirine Malas, Barbara Friedrich, Jochen Roller


  • Past
    Sat 6.1.2018, 19:00 / HAU1
    Sun 7.1.2018, 17:00 / HAU1


First production part of AUSUFERN 2016, Uferstudios Berlin. Production: Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Friends. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.

The re-run is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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