Syrian Dreams

Bombs turn into roses
Touta (arr. Maya Youssef)
Queen of the night
Syrian Dreams
The Seven gates of Damascus
The Sea
All tracks composed and arranged by Maya Youssef except for Touta (Traditional/arranged)

…the act of playing music is the opposite of death, its a life and hope affirming act

The war started in my homeland in 2011. From that point on making music was no longer a choice, it was a crucial means to express and come to terms with intense feelings of loss and sadness from seeing my people suffer and my homeland destroyed. On a hot summer’s afternoon in London in 2012 I was watching the news. At the time I felt overwhelmed, as if I was going to explode, so I held my qanun and ‘Syrian dreams’ came out of me. That was the very first piece of music I wrote.

Arabic chamber music with a classical jazzy twist

“Without words, ‘Syrian Dreams’ speaks of the victory of beauty over death”
– Hanni Bode (The German Record Critics’ Award)


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Press Release

Gold (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Golden Globe Nominated


BBC Late Junction Sessions


The Last Post: Music From The Original BBC TV Series



Original music of The Bounce: Autistic Spectrum version and PMLD version


All music composed and arranged by Maya Youssef and Max Reinhardt