Musician Evan Yako makes history with first Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian concert held at Sydney Opera House

SYDNEY — On 25 January, Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian jazz musician Evan Yako performed a concert at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It was the first time a Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian concert was held at the prestigious venue.

Highlights from the performance can be listened to at SBS Assyrian.

Yako, along with other Australian artists, presented a collection of Syriac–Assyrian, Spanish, and English songs he composed.

One song composed by Evan, titled “I’m Sorry”, was accompanied by lyrics written by legendary Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian singer Ashur Betsargis. The song was performed on stage by talented Sydney vocalists Sargon El Moreno and Soo-Han Jennifer Yoo.

Yako’s latest album, Inspirational Stories, is a fusion of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian, Latin, and European musical styles that draws on the personal experiences of Yako, his family, and friends.

The concert received positive praise from the audience, described by some as an emotional rollercoaster of feelings.

Yako is a Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian artist from Iraq. He is a drummer, teacher and music producer. He also owns a musical studio in Sydney.