Saied Silbak is a Palestinian composer and oud player born in Shafaa`mr, in the lower Galilee of occupied Palestine. He began training in classical piano at the age of four, before moving onto the oud in his early teens to delve deep into the nuances at the base of Arabic music. Silbak has a unique understanding of different types of music, from Arabic, Turkish and Indian to classical Western styles.
His signature sound, created through his artful ability to fuse these styles together, has seen him perform around the world at festivals and concert series in the UK, Belgium, France, Palestine, Morocco, Argentina and beyond.
In recent years he has worked with many artists on interdisciplinary projects and has been involved in educational and community work, developing a politically and socially engaged practice.
'The Small Things' Album, August 2023
Saied musically expresses reality, as he sees it, in his newest album 'The Small Things.' Drawing from his personal experience living amongst two different cultures, he shares the profound, yet seemingly simple, thoughts behind things he believes are often overlooked but ultimately give life its vibrant colours.
Saied is joined by a number of renowned musicians: clarinet and nai master Mohamed Najem, percussionist and composer Bernhard Schimpelsberger, pianist Meg Morley, and bassist Tom Mason, forming a unique quintet of artists and sounds bound to be mesmerizing.