Using authentic Arabic instrumentation (the oud, the riq, etc.) combined with comic sensibility and romantic, sweeping melodies, composer-lyricist David Yazbek won the Tony for Best Score at the 2018 Tony Awards and the album has been nominated for a Grammy. (He won the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music as the show premiered Off-Broadway last season.) Clearly, Yazbek takes his own advice of “listen to everything” and allows styles to blend like spices. Here, the artist reveals his writing process behind the songs on The Band’s Visit album.