What lovely and talented guests to have in for the start of 2018! The Ayoub Sisters – Laura and Sarah – came in for some chat and to play two fantastic (and very different) tunes for us. They were a delight!
Laura and Sarah’s first tune is Csardas, a fast and furious Hungarian folk dance tune and you can hear that along with some chat at around 14’50 minutes in to January’s podcast. Later they follow this up with a delicate and beautiful playing of Jay Ungar’s wonderful Ashokan Farewell (listen at 39’26 minutes).
ASHOKAN FAREWELL by Jay Ungar
©1983 by Swinging Door Music
Both tunes are also available on their wonderful CD. Find out more about the CD, their music and news on their website here.
Classic FM says:
Sarah and Laura Ayoub are classically trained, multi-instrumentalists who cross the boundaries between classical and contemporary music. Scottish–Egyptian multi-instrumentalist sisters, they are being heralded as the new sound and faces of the classical and crossover worlds. Discovered by Mark Ronson, the girls were invited by Classic FM to make their Royal Albert Hall debut at Classic FM Live. After their thrilling performance, they were immediately signed by Universal Music’s iconic label Decca Records, in a unique joint venture with Classic FM.
Their first two singles, ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ and ‘Melodies From Scotland’ went straight to the top of the iTunes classical chart.
Classically trained, Sarah and Laura also bring a unique dimension as performers; they are one of the only acts in the world that play two instruments together (cello & violin) through one loop station.Another unique dimension they bring to performances is that they can swap instruments during the pieces they play. They recently made their live television debut, performing George Michael’s ‘Mother’s Pride’ at the BAFTAs. All of these achievements led to the girls winning a prestigious Young Scot Award. They recorded their debut album at Abbey Road Studios in 2017 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.