Vangelis Concert in Doha, Qatar

Perry Yung Shakuhachi Image
Photo by Qatari Philharmonic Orchestra

This is a shot of the Qatari Philharmonic Orchestra performing Hope by Vangelis. Those are fireworks on the back shot from a ship on the Persian Gulf. When I first picked up the electric guitar at the age of thirteen, I fantasized that one day I would play to a packed stadium like my heroes Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones. Never could I have dreamed I would come close to this fantasy by performing with the world renown Vangelis, composer for Chariots of Fire. But instead of the guitar, for an audience of thousands that included the Queen of Qatar, the Crown Prince, world ambassadors and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations, I played the shakuhachi bamboo flute. Vangelis was invited to compose and create this event for the grand opening of the magnificent Katara Amphitheater with hopes of introducing art and culture from all corners of the world. Jeremy Irons announced, “You called, we came - now let us deliver our message of hope.” The show began with an Arabic singer calling across the space with a powerful, yearning voice. It was soon answered by Native American voice and drum, Aborigine didgeridoo, Yemenite oud, Arabic kanoun,Turkish ney, Indian sitar, Japanese shakuhachi, Chinese erhu, West African kora, and African drums. Each with it’s own unique voice in the world of music, the instruments symbolized harmony among peoples of the world. On December 11, 2011, in Doha Qatar, I believe Vangelis delivered his message of Hope loud and clear. I was honored to have been a part of it. Stay tuned as I’ll write more with photos as I process this amazing experience.

Peace to you my friends, Perry


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