Small world, big show

All musical endeavours have a backstory, of course. But few have as interesting a context as Small Island Big Song. The easy part first: Small Island Big Song is a touring show (and associated albums and film) that gigs at [ … ]


From Andalusia with love

Faraj Abyad is an interesting performer. He’s a Syrian-American composer, singer and a multi-instrumentalist, brought up in the States and living in New York City. He specialises in writing and performing music in a distinctive Arabic tradition – albeit one [ … ]


Berklee opens its doors

Berklee Abu Dhabi has published its first programme of courses, with starts from 1 March. The full swath of Berklee courses at its US base covers a range of performance skills, including for instance musical theatre and composition, and many [ … ]


Berklee comes to Abu Dhabi

The Norman Foster designed UAE Pavilion has finally found a tenant. Originally designed for the 2010 Shanghai Expo and inspired by the Emirate’s sand dunes, the swooping coloured stainless steel clad building has been used only intermittently since it was [ … ]


Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want [ … ]