Attab Haddad Ensemble


Listen to the World is back for a new season of live music at St Ethelburga's!

We are delighted to welcome the Attab Haddad Ensemble, who will guide us on a musical journey through Andalucia and the Middle East.

Founded by oud player Attab Haddad in 2007, the ensemble play original compositions by Haddad and use their varying influences to create a sound that is unique to the band. Drawing on firm roots in both Middle Eastern music and Flamenco, Haddad's compositions describe an instrumental journey through Andalusia and the Middle East, resulting in a sound that can only be described as his own.

The group, which gigs in different formations of its members, is made up of some of the UK’s finest musicians in their respective fields. They draw on diverse influences ranging from Flamenco to Jazz to Middle Eastern to Contemporary music, but gel together to create a sound that is a natural evolution of modern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern instrumental music.

For this intimate concert, the ensemble will perform as a trio.
Made up of Attab Haddad on oud, Philippe Barnes on flute, and Antonio Romero on percussion, they will perform a programme of pieces by Attab Haddad and Middle Eastern composers.

A "brilliantly realised debut, London-based Attab Haddad gives a masterclass in the instrument's possibilities, drawing from Arabic forms while lacing his compositions with flamenco, jazz and classical flavours." The Guardian


Attab Haddad

Attab is an oud player and composer who has worked within music, theatre, dance, film and advertising. His work has aired on European, Arabic and Turkish channels and he has composed music for various mediums from advertising to film to theatre and dance productions. Described as a ‘virtuoso’ by The Guardian, his playing has featured on independent cinema and Hollywood productions and he has performed in the UK, Europe, USA, and India as bandleader and band member. He has collaborated with artists in many genres as composer, producer and performer, and continues to lead his band the Attab Haddad Ensemble which released its debut album, Days Distinctive to critical acclaim.

Philippe Barnes:

In 2008 Philippe graduated from the University of Limerick with an MA - First Class Honours in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Since then he has toured all over the USA & Europe playing flute & guitar with the David Munnelly Band, toured Ireland & the UK with London Irish group CrossHarbour and headlined the National Celtic Festival in Australia with his Celtic Jazz Funk group All Jigged Out. His flute playing was described by MOJO magazine as “Breathtaking”. He is a founding member of the Attab Haddad Ensemble, having played at the first gig in 2007 and has collaborated with Haddad on various projects since 2005.

Antonio Romero:

Antonio Romero was born in Jerez in 1975. Antonio was co-founder and drummer for the band El Hombre Burbuja which became known as one of the most influential groups to appear on the Spanish pop-rock scene at the end of the 90s. Antonio has also dedicated himself to studying oriental percussion and moved to Istanbul to study and perform. He has collaborated with artists like Benjamin Escoriza (radio Tarifa) Vincent Molino (co-founder of Radio Tarifa), Los Delicuentes, Iconium Ensemble and La Banda Morisca. He joined the Attab Haddad Ensemble in 2014 and has become a core member of the group. He now resides in London with his family where he continues to make a name as one of the Uk’s finest percussionists, playing with the likes of Laura Marling, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Cidem Aslan and others.

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