The group name Al Qahwa is Arabic for “the coffee house”. It was inspired by the coffee house culture in the Middle East where people would go to hear the latest news, music, poetry and stories. The repertoire began with traditional songs from Syria, Egypt and Iraq and then in 2018, the group started adding original repertoire by members of the band. This recording is a cultural collaboration between the regular members of Al Qahwa and two guest artists: Dr. Alfred Gamil – one of Cairo’s treasured violinists/composers who is both steeped in tradition and known for his virtuosic, flirtatious creative presence; and Majd Sukar – a deeply rooted Syrian musician who has adapted the clarinet to Arabic music.

“Cairo Moon” available to purchase on CD Baby:
To buy directly from the band, send email to AlQahwaEnsemble@gmail.com



August 5, 2019

Ottawa, ON

Late night concert – Al Qahwa with guest Alfred Gamil.
Details TBC.

Aga Khan Museum – Pop Up Concerts

August 7, 2019 - August 11, 2019

At various times (see schedule on the right)

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto ON

Members of Al Qahwa with guest Alfred Gamil.

Wednesday, August 7 – 5 to 5:30 p.m.  /  6 to 6:30 p.m.  /  7 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 10 – Noon to 12:30 p.m.  /  1 to 1:30 p.m.  /  3 to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 – Noon to 12:30 p.m.  /  1 to 1:30 p.m.  /  3 to 3:30 p.m.


“Cairo Moon” CD Release Concert

August 10, 2019

8:30 pm

Hugh's Room Live

“Cairo Moon” CD Release Concert
Al Qahwa with guests: Alfred Gamil from Egypt; Waleed Abdul Hamid (Sudan) and Fethi Nadjem (Algeria)

Nathan Philips Square

August 14, 2019

12:30 pm

Toronto, ON