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Opera House chairwoman Ines Abdel Dayem joins Cairo Steps in Berlin concert

The chairwoman of Cairo Opera House was the Cairo Steps ensemble’s guest of honour in two live concerts in Berlin

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Mar 2016
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Ines Abdeldayem during rehearsals with Cairo Steps (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic Gate)
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On the occasion of celebrating 50 years of ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) Ines Abdel Dayem, flutist and the chairperson of the Cairo Opera House, performed two live concerts on the stage of the Academy of Arts in Berlin with the Egyptian-German ensemble Cairo Steps on 10 and 11 March.

ITB Berlin is the world's leading travel trade show, and hosted 72 companies and hotels from around the world.

The concerts were organised by the Egypt Tourism Authority and were led by Asem Darwish, oud and band leader, while Abdel Dayem played several music tracks including Siwa, Sultan, Amber, and Sawa.

She also took part in the Egyptian classical song Beredak that was played with a new jazz composition.

Ines Abdel Dayem has been the chairperson of the Cairo Opera House since 2012.

Cairo Steps is an international Sufi-jazz world-music ensemble consisting of German and Egyptian musicians.

The ensemble was founded in 2002 by Egyptian oud player Basem Darwish and German pianist Matthias Frey while jazz pianist and conductor Sebastian Müller-Schrobsdorff is Cairo Steps’ musical director.

Cairo Steps merges music styles from different parts of the world and combines traditional Egyptian and oriental grooves with modern jazz improvisation, classical music and electronic sounds.

The music is influenced by spiritual ethnic music and Sufi traditions, and alternates between meditative soundscapes and strong rhythms, resulting in a unique music style and an exciting blend of numerous cultures.

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