Tarek Elazhary
& Omar Magdy

Sunday, August 1st

Wordless poems / قصائد صامتة

Dusk Sounds & Invisible City joint magic

@20h Lisbon / @21h Cairo

(online via zoom for max 35 people)

€ 317
Tarek Elazhary & Omar Magdy
Tarek and Omar are writing a new chapter in the history of instrumental music of Egypt, and I want to support them.
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Passively absorbing mainstream and pop, unawakened to music and his own mesmerising Egyptian roots, Tarek was nineteen when in the building where he lived in Cairo, someone opened a shop selling instruments.

His friend took him by the hand into this wooden world, whispering that you can touch freedom if only you run your fingers through the strings. After that day no one has seen him without his oud.

After a decade dedicated to research and experimentation, he is now composing and mentoring the future of Egyptian music.


Teenager stuff in his ears: rock, metal. One day on a taxi ride home in Cairo he felt that he was falling in love...'It is Umm Kulthum singing' - explained the driver, as the radio was playing her classic, iconic Alf Leila We Leila.

Omar's guitar has been exploring every ornament of Arabic music ever since, creating the melody of his generation with the best of local talent.


Tarek and Omar spend hours improvising and composing. We are invited to give in to the sound of their instruments and their wordless poems.

Tarek Elazhary & Omar Magdy

Who is organising this concert?

Invisible City, a non-profit on a mission to enable emerging artists to perform more and get paid fairly, and Dusk Sounds, a Cairo-based studio documenting, filming and sharing genuine music from Egypt.

How do I see the concert?

Once you have made your donation, we’ll send you an online ticket with a secret code to our invisible private room in Zoom, for which we have a professional account for maximum quality. We do NOT RECORD the concerts and keep our virtual room intimate and cosy, limiting the participation to 35 people.

Will I have a good sound?

We make sure that the artists have the fastest internet connection possible and are properly geared. We run numerous soundchecks prior to the concert to make sure everything is tuned on the artist side! You can do your part: make sure your setup is as perfect as possible with our self-soundcheck guide.

How much should I donate?

We encourage you to make a donation on behalf of every person who participates in this online concert together with you.

We believe that 4 euros per person is fair, yet most guests usually contribute around 9 euros, so if you have the means and wish to support the artists and Invisible City further, we’d be grateful if your donation corresponds to what feels fairest to you.

You can also make a donation directly to the Invisible City account (for example, from your Revolut app or similar):

Account name: Invisible City MTÜ

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(Depending on your bank, the transfer may take some time to arrive, this is why please send us an email at magic@invisiblecity.eu letting us know you made a transfer so that we send you your ticket right away!)

How much does the artist actually get?

Even before the gig starts, Invisible City guarantees a minimum of 100 euros to the artist no matter what. This is our investment into the performance which provides a safety net for the artist. We make sure it is never a lottery! These funds come from reinvesting the donations from the previous performances as well as from our private sponsors who support Invisible City directly (here is how you can become one).

What the campaign receives above the 100 euro mark, we share with the artist in equal parts. In this way, we provide a guaranteed income to the artist while staying sustainable and helping more artists run more wonderful gigs.

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