It is commonly said that music is food for human soul. The soothing and therapeutic traits of music have regularly been highlighted world over.
With the evolution of human civilisation, music has also evolved, forming different genres. The variety of sounds that music offers has diverse audience as well. Qatar being a cosmopolitan country has got both diverse audience and offers various kinds of music for them as well.
High Tides Music Festival is going to offer music of a different sort altogether. This first-ever music event of its kind brings hand pan, ethnic electronic, tribal folk, and live trance music at the Sheraton Backyard on February 27 at 7pm. Organised by And Media, the music festival is targeting a particular audience as people at large have been getting the opportunity to attend live concerts of music of their choice. This is an opportunity for those who take keen interest in trance and tribal folk music.
The music event is going to offer an interesting blend of international singers and musicians. It will feature globally renowned hang drum players Daniel Waples and Flavio Lopez (Hang in Balance), Shanka Tribe, one of India’s best bands; Daniel Matallana and Patrick Dilley, two well-known Qatar based artists.
British national Daniel Waples is a pioneer of the hand pan (hang drum) instrument and is arguably the most recognised player in his field. He travels globally to share his passion and introduce his music to new listeners. Daniel has played in over 50 countries, and his music crossed over 40 million views on YouTube. He supports himself as an independent musician playing the hand pan, an instrument associated with energy work and alternative healing – one which he hopes will become a symbol for universal peace and the inner journeys all people take pursuing their individual paths. ‘Hang in Balance’ is the artistic title Daniel has been playing under since 2011.
Flavio, a Swiss national of Spanish origin, is versatile and talented, having been playing the violin since he was just 9. He collaborated with orchestras and bands, performing extensively across the globe in several capacities. From classical music to electronica, Flavio feels comfortable within many different genres and musical ideas, adding a truly eclectic vibe to his sound.
Shanka Tribe is a tribal band of nine musicians from India who creates music with elements of nature and various time signatures, mixing genres with particular inclusion of Indian music. Their music awakens the soul of the listener into seeking the higher cause of existence.
Daniel Matallana is a Colombian expatriate living in Qatar. He is a healer, dance psychotherapist, and meditation teacher. Patrick Dilley is a master of African drum and leads a drumming community in Qatar.
The music event is also in support of Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS), a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing of animals in Qatar.
“You can expect pure music and incredible vibes in harmony with our all-embracing land, Qatar, the home of cultural heritage. It is going to be a truly unprecedented experience that will reinvigorate your souls,” said Marie Line Halabi, CEO And Events.
She added: “We urge you to take a break from your everyday hustle and appreciate the rejuvenating music around you. All that you spend comes straight back to you in the form of peace and happiness.
“Nowadays, most of the concerts or music events in Qatar concentrate on mainstream music genres like hip hop, R & B, reggae, etc. We found that there is a larger audience that enjoys hand pan music and tribal folk trance; this event is created for them. An event with the said genre has never happened in Qatar before High Tides.”
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