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The ancient coastal town of Ugarit (in present-day Syria) holds one of the greatest treasures of musical culture: the first musical notation in the form of a clay tablet was created here around 3400 BC.

In the spirit of music-historical traditions and culture, the Ugarit Band brings together six musicians from Syria, Greece and Germany to merge the traditions of Arabic music, music from the Mediterranean region and European classical music and create something new. Everyone brings their music cultural background to the band and places their traditional instrument in a new context. Here Arabic oud and kanun meet European flute, oriental violin meets electric bass. The Ugarit Band plays tradition in a new way.

The unique music program of the band is selected and arranged by Walid Khatba. The members of the band, Walid Khatba (violin), Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff (flute), Eleanna Pitsikaki (kanun), Hesham Hamra (oud), Simon Zauels (electric bass) and Youssef Laktina (percussion), have already performed worldwide in famous concert halls and at renowned festivals.

 Members of the have performed at the Istanbul Jazz Festival, the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall London, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Berliner Philharmonie, the Jazz Open Stuttgart, as well as in Argentina, Dubai, Japan and Madagascar. The musicians of the Ugarit Band have performed with renowned orchestras such as the Syrian National and Syrian Philharmonic Orchestras, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, Opera Mauritius and the Gorillaz Band.