‘Tarab’ is a key concept in the Arab tradition. It is the experience of expanded consciousness when everything comes together; music, poetry, emotion and atmosphere. It is a sublime and cathartic moment, a ‘sigh of the soul’, an absolute connection between musicians and their audience. Central to the tarab experience is the supreme form of song, immortalised by the mythical Oum Kalthoum. In the four concerts which the Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre and BOZAR are presenting we invite you to take part in a contemporary tarab experience: composers, leading musicians and celebrated voices from North Africa and the Middle East mix musical tradition and contemporary sounds, and classical and contemporary poetry go hand in hand. These four concerts promise to be a generous, shared and collective experience.