Qawsaan (two bows) is a contemporary string duo hailing from the Middle East featuring the violin and the cello in an approach that has never been heard before.
Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash and Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq are graduates of Berklee College of Music and have been playing together for more than 10 years! They have toured the world together, playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles and right now, as a duo. Their aim is to use the exciting combination of violin/cello and combine different styles of music, shattering stylistic stereotypes through improvisation, original compositions and arrangements.
”Bringing Layth and Naseem together on stage results in a passionate performance that combines deep musical traditional influenced by Arabic and Western classical music and contemporary jazz, in an association which highlights their unique instrumental skills. Their music is an exceptional experience for any listener.”
(Berklee Mediterranean Institute)